Snow and Falling

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Sitting in my oratory, I finished the Salve Regina prayer. I then looked from the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe out the window at a gray winter’s morning. I felt heavy that morning, down, and I didn’t know why. Kissing the blue millefiori rosary in my hand, I returned it to the porcelain dish, [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Grateful Prayer for Priests

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Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and to act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving. We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns: Evangelii Gaudium

Dear Lord, Hear our prayers for Sisters and Nuns, that, with the words of Pope Francis’ Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World, they will be rejuvenated in their commitment to share your Word of salvation. We pray that they are strengthened to resist even more so the wickedness and snares of the devil that [Read More...]

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Rubbish with Attitude

I find November to be a transitional month—not quite past autumn and not yet winter. Skies are often filled with heavy dark-gray clouds that suddenly open into glorious sunlight, illuminating yellow leaves. The business of outdoor activities is ending, and the bustle of holiday celebrations is waiting to begin. This is the month when nature [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Eternal God, Please bless our priests,  who represent you on this earth.  Make them more greatly aware of the  grace that you pour out through them when they minister the sacraments. Help them to fall more deeply in love with you after each and every Mass that they celebrate.  Please strengthen our priests, who shepherd [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden

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This is one of my favorite pictures of a woodland statue, at the foot of Mary.             There was a heavy frost last night… a cardinal fluffed-up in the pine.   And its November, queue white Schlumbergera (Christmas Cactus). [Read more...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Heavenly Father, in your wisdom you have called  certain women a to a life of special consecration so that in prayerful observance of a lifestyle of poverty, celibacy and obedience, they might be witnesses to us of our true citizenship in heaven.  Give them, Lord, the grace of joy and perseverance in their holy vocation. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. [Read more...]

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The Fruit of Celibate Love

I’m still praying with the question from Lisa Hendy, of Catholicmom.com, about Conscious Celibacy and “saying yes to love.”  In a previous post I addressed being single and how celibacy is neither the object nor theme of my singleness—though love is. This question from Lisa about love’s expression and, I realized, inherent reception, stirred up [Read More...]

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Blooms of Mary’s Sword

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I remember as a child the sweet fragrance and stunning colors of the species Iris germanica, commonly known as bearded iris or Mary’s Sword. I can still recall my first encounter with them. Walking home from kindergarten, I stopped in the middle of the sidewalk, inhaled a wave of fragrance, and, sniffing the air, followed my [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Jesus, Good Shepherd, who have come to save what was lost, you have established the priesthood of the Holy Church, so that the work of Redemption might be perpetuated. We ask you urgently: send laborers into your vineyard!  Give your Holy Church worthy and holy priests. Give your Holy Church religious brothers and sisters. Grant [Read More...]

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