Mystical Magpies and St. Oda

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St. Oda of Scotland, c. 680 – c. 726 Feast day October 23rd Patron of Visually Impaired Association with Magpies St. Oda was a beautiful young woman who was born blind. Her family sent her to Liege, Belgium, on a pilgrimage and while praying at the graveside of St. Lambert she miraculously gained her sight. [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Look kindly Lord, on your priests, religious and laymen who left all to  witness to your word and your love. Be to each one of them a “powerful  protector and their strong support, their shade from the midday sun,  their shelter from the desert wind, a guard against stumbling, an  assurance against a fall…” (Ecc 34:19). [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden

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Queue color… …and migration. [Read more...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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O lovely Mother Mary, Mother of Sisters and Nuns, take to your heart your daughters who are close to you because of their higher calling and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much. Be their comfort; be their joy; [Read More...]

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Just Ducky

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So…I don’t share pics of precious kittens or bounding puppies…but give me a ducky …and I melt.     [Read more...]

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Seeing Stars and the Holy Trinity

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I love apples! Seriously. Love them almost more than chocolate. Biting into a warm, crisp, just picked apple is only one step away from doing the same in summer with tomatoes. Living in Michigan, where apple production ranks number three in the States, the harvest of this fruit peaks in late September through early October. [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Lord, give us holy priests; You Yourself maintain them in holiness. O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power of Your mercy, O Lord, shatter and [Read More...]

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Icon Writing Retreat

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Last week I was at an Icon Writing retreat at the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Center, at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan. The days were long and at times physically demanding, and I was grateful that the facility had accommodated me with an adjustable chair and angled stand for my work station. The experience [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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The Intercessions from http://divineoffice.org this morning, with slight modification on my part, seemed appropriate to pray for our women religious: Christ is the spouse and crowning glory of Sisters and Nuns. Let us praise him with joy in our voices and pray to him with sincerity in our hearts: Jesus, crown of holy women, hear [Read More...]

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Taking One Step When a Full Stride is too Much

Grandmother's Table, September 2013

Clearing Away (September 2008) I looked at my grandmother’s small kitchen table and found myself saddened by the mountainous mess. Boxes of soup broth that never made it to the basement pantry support crumpled paper bags and window curtain hardware. There were small jars of organic grapefruit juice, a pint of ammonia for the laundry, [Read More...]

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