Thursday’s Prayer for Priests and Vocations


O Jesus, Good Shepherd, raise up in all parish communities, priests and deacons, religious, consecrated lay people and missionaries according to the needs of the whole world, which you love and want to save. We entrust to you in a particular way our parish community; create in it the spiritual atmosphere of the first Christians [Read More...]

Mouse in the House


It’s turning cold outside, and with it comes that scratching sound that distracts me from my prayers. They’re running up the chimney wall and across the ceiling. With any luck the rodents will run under the bathroom sink and into the cheese-filled trap. I’m conflicted. I really hate having to kill mice. They are funny [Read More...]

Fat-bottom Flying Fairies, artist Samantha Bryan

Samantha's Flying Fairy

Now these are some kind of cute!         See more of her delightful art on her web site.       [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns


Beloved Mother Mary, Take the hand of your daughters, our Sisters and Nuns, and guide them to remain outside their personal wants and to desire only the repose in your son’s loving arms. Help them to place their hearts in his eternal joy, and protect these holy women when the hardness of this world tries to [Read More...]

Pomegranates, A Garden Catechism

A new offering on my blog is the Garden Catechism. In these posts we will look at the symbolism of plants in Christian art. I’ll begin with one of my favorite fruits, the pomegranate. When I was a kid I thought the pomegranate was popular in October because of its Halloweenish looks. Crack it open and its membrane [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests, and Especially Those at the Synod


Father, be with the leaders of your flock in their needs today. Help your bishops and priests to interpret the Gospel message with clarity and urgency, witnessing in their own lives to the teaching and example of Christ. Fortify and encourage those among them who are fearful and confused; be truly a Father to those [Read More...]

One Stitch Closer: Veronika Scott Empowers Women


An inspirational woman in Detroit who is the CEO and founder of The Empowerment Program, who empowers women to become more independent.     You can help support this nonprofit at     [Read more...]

Graces from Gleditsia

Honey Locust

It was one of those perfect fall days when the clear cerulean sky contrasted the vivid reds and yellows of the maples, poplars, and the honey locust in my yard. Settling into this house in 1988 one of the first things I did on the property, after removing all the trash and debris, was add [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns


Lord, hear our prayers for our Sisters and Nuns that they seek God with a calm, unceasing movement, directing their whole lives into one single course towards Him. Let their longing for God envelope and dominate all of who they are, in their service to others, as representatives of Eternal Love. We pray all this [Read More...]

Fall Blooming Pansies, Practical Gardening

Purple Pansy, wikimedia

In the Midwest, we’re all pretty familiar with fall mums, Russian sage, and flowering kale as the main staples of the late-season garden. These plants are tolerant of cold nights and less sunlight. But why not add pansies to your selection? Until recently the general public was unaware that the pansy is not heat tolerant, [Read More...]