Bee Mindful, Practical Gardening Series

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Have you begun vegetable gardening? Me? Not for another 60 days. My big-garden days are over. I still include a couple tomato plants, pole beans, and bush zucchinis among my remaining border beds. A decade ago the fruit set was about a third more than it is today. Extra plants are needed to get the [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

O Mary, Mother of Jesus you were with Jesus at the beginning of His life and mission. You stood beside Jesus when He was lifted on the cross and gave His life for all. We ask you now to be with our priests, who give themselves in service to God’s people. Intercede for them that [Read More...]

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A Tatting of Green

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I’m not fond of mud season, but this year I look to it with eager anticipation—it’s been a long oppressive winter. The snow, ice, record lows, and lack of sunlight stretched most of us to our limit. We all have had enough. Over the course of a week I watched the snow cover and banks [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Let us pray for our future Sisters and Nuns that they, like the Blessed Virgin Mary, will trust in their own annunciation of being called to a religious professions. That they will not fear what they do not know, will bear in holy confidence whatever befalls, and that they bring into our world the Light of [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Divine Savior, Jesus Christ, who have entrusted your work of redemption to the priests, who take your place on earth, I offer you, through the hands of your most holy Mother, for the sanctification of your priests and future priests this whole day, all my prayers, works, joys, sacrifices and sufferings. Give us saintly priests. [Read More...]

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I’m Having Trouble with Penance

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I am always eager for Lent to begin, literally so for the lengthening of days, and also for the increase of Light in my soul.  It was during those holy weeks before Easter that significant life changes occurred. The most recent event was becoming a Benedictine oblate. In years past my offerings to God were [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Dear Lord we pray, Guard your Sisters and Nuns in your unceasing mercy, and since without you mortal humanity is sure to fall, may they be kept from all harm by your constant help, and be directed to all that brings salvation. We ask this in Jesus name, amen.   [Read more...]

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After Glow

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My final oblation was at hand. That night at vespers I would lay my heart and all my will upon the altar. My joy was boundless and barely kept in check. I cried as I prayed lauds, overwhelmed with love. I wanted desperately to commit “for the rest of my life” to service of God [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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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...]

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St. Benedict’s Soup

It was the weekend before I was to make my final profession as a Benedictine Oblate. I wanted to honor St. Benedict in a personal way and created this soup as a briw.  In Old English the briw was the evening meal of soup or broth—a lighter fare, with the heavier meal consumed in the [Read More...]

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