Watering the Birds, Practical Gardening (with a video!)

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Water is a necessity for all life. Birds need water for drinking and preening; it helps keep a bird’s body cool from the inside and out. Water baths remove dust, loose feathers, parasites and other debris from their plumage. Adding a water feature to your garden is an important element, and one of the quickest [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Most Gracious Heavenly Father, We thank you for our faithful priests and bishops, whose spiritual fatherhood and example of fidelity, self-sacrifice, and devotion is so vital to the faith of your people. May our spiritual fathers be guided by the examples of Saints Peter and Paul, all the Apostles and their saintly successors. Give them [Read More...]

A Peace, Ancient and Alive

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After morning Mass at Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian Church—a 115 year old country parish—I decided to take a drive along farm lanes, through “God’s country.” The glow of having just received communion felt too fresh to not, in some way, continue the prayer. County roads here run straight and intersections at 90º a mile or [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Heavenly Father, Today, once more, sow your words in the hearts of our Sisters and Nuns. Till patiently the soil of their souls so they may continue to be fruitful and bring to you a rich harvest. Let their nourished souls bring the Holy Spirit to nourish our lives. We ask all this in Jesus [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Emmaus Prayer for Priests  Lord Jesus, hear our prayer For the spiritual renewal of priests. We praise you for giving their ministry to the Church. In these days renew them with the gifts of your Spirit.  You once opened the Scriptures To the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Now renew your ordained ministers With [Read More...]

Catcalls and All

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In the past few weeks I spent time outdoors helping a friend by doing light painting. He has offices at a very busy intersection outside of downtown. Out front is a wooden sign, about 8’ x 10’, installed several years ago. Like all things made of painted wood, it needs maintenance. Driving past one day [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Precious Lord, We pray this day for our consecrated women that their sanctity continues to increase and that their communities continue to grow so that they may serve those who are in need. We pray that our Sisters and Nuns continue to see you in the least of humanity, but that they also see you [Read More...]

What-Why-How #MyWritingProcess

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The blogging about #MyWritingProcess appears to have begun in 2011. At least that’s as far back as the thread for this hash tag goes. It’s a wonderful insight about other writers and how they do what they do. It’s my turn to step into the pool and swim, thanks to Nancy Ward’s invitation.  What am [Read More...]

Mulch Madness, Practical Gardening

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Applying mulch is the best time-saving measure a gardener can take. This is true for every type of garden—flower beds, vegetable gardens, hardwoods. When you mulch a garden it is healthier, has less weeds, and the mulch helps hold moisture so the garden is more drought resistant and you spend less time watering. Organic Gardening [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Jesus, Eternal Pontiff, Good Shepherd and Fountain of life, who by the special goodness of your Most Sweet Heart, have given us priests to fulfill in us the designs of sanctification which your grace inspires in our hearts, we ask you:  come to their aid with the assistance of your mercy. O Jesus, may [Read More...]


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