Filling those Bare Spots, Practical Gardening

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The gardening season is well underway. It’s the time of year when bare spots show up in the garden. Not only bare spots where the bulbs and poppies use to be, but you may have an area of winter-killed perennials or maybe the transplanted seedlings you started never took. There are several ways of filling [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Eternal High Priest, let Your love flow into the hearts of your priests and transform them into living images of You. By Your grace, make them true apostles of Your Sacred Heart. I pray for the fulfillment of the promise You made to St. Margaret Mary: “I will give to priests [Read More...]

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To Stand in Wait

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Over the years I’ve learned to not turn away from dark nights and to accept the journey inward as a journey towards God. By entering fully into them is to come out the other side sooner. The intense darkness of some of those episodes can, at times, push me over the edge of human limits and [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Eucharistic Jesus, We do not know, as the seed, what will be made of us. Help our Sisters and Nuns to accept this unknowing as a blessing to trust in Divine Will. Guide them through their growing, their journey to be fruit, harvested and consumed for the purpose of brining souls to you. Give them [Read More...]

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Water Wise, Practical Gardening

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The heat of summer, especially in July and August, increases the challenges of maintaining a garden. You will need to pay attention to your plants’ need for watering. If you have mulched your garden, pull it away from the plant and check the soil for dampness before you water.  Push your finger into the ground [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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 A novena, starting today, is to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Some of you know about www.praymorenovenas.com. You can visit the website and sign up to receive the daily prayers for the novena. Pray without ceasing made easy.  The Feast of the Sacred Heart has also been established by Pope Saint John Paul II as [Read More...]

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Shepherdesses, Catholic Photo Challenge

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They are not deep in my life, these three women.  Yet in my walk through unfamiliar pastures they are examples of Christ’s hands, His voice, and His love modeled in a world gone terribly wrong. It is the building up of  little things of love that matter, and women are good at building incrementally. Pat Gohn, Maria [Read More...]

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Four Waters of the Soul

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“A beginner must think of herself as one setting out to make a garden in which her Beloved Lord is to take his delight…[1]“ St. Teresa of Avila was a Spanish Carmelite nun and mystic who was an affectionate extrovert of great joy and determination. By her own admission, she tells of her exploits as [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns in Mosul and throughout Iraq

Holy Mother of God, hear our prayers for the Sisters and Nuns in Mosul and throughout Iraq who remain in service as the hands of Christ to all those in need. Throughout history these consecrated and holy women have ministered to the sick, injured, and dying. Continue to give our Sisters and Nuns the courage [Read More...]

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Prayer for Christians in Mosul and throughout Iraq

Prayer for Christians in Mosul and throughout Iraq Lord God hear us as we pray, Mother Mary help us to persevere in our efforts, St. Michale protect us as we fight against the evil that threatens Christianity in Iraq.  Hear our prayers that the Christians in Mosul, and throughout the Middle East, who endure persecution, [Read More...]

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