Thursday’s Prayer for Priests and Synod on the Family

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As our bishops continue with the Synod on the Family, let us pray for them that in their efforts to define and maintain the health of families they listen for the promptings of the Holy Spirit to guide their way. And let us also recite the prayer by Pope Francis for our families: Jesus, Mary and [Read More...]

Uprooted and Reorienting Fear

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The word “transplant,” both verb and noun, is from Late Latin, transplantare, trans-“across” + plantare “to plant”. It means to move from one place and place to another…remove, uproot, reorient, shift. We gardeners do this often for the health of the plant, for better balance in the landscape, or to open up space for other [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Lord Jesus, in your wisdom and limitless love you you have planted the seed of service in all of us.We pray at this time you will kindle in the hearts of women the desire to follow you into a consecrated religious life. In the quiet of their discerning give them assurance in answering yes, the peace in their [Read More...]

Thanks all. The Sabbatical is Over.

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After three weeks away from social media, and limited on-line work, I feel refreshed and ready to write. A special thank you goes out to the people that kept my blog going while I was retreating. Marty Rymarz, an oblate brother and upcoming writer, was kind enough to write two main posts, A Walk through [Read More...]

Transplanting Perennials and Hardwoods, Practical Gardening

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October is a lovely time of year for dividing and transplanting in your gardens. The urgency of spring gives way to a slower pace of planning. There are many reasons to divide perennials: to keep them healthy and free of diseases, to have more plants, keep them contained to an area, to open up space. [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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As we celebrate today’s Memorial of the Guardian Angels, we remember in prayer our priests: Heavenly Father, your son Jesus Christ taught his disciples with the words, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my [Read More...]

Feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower

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On this first day of October, as we take our daily walk through the prayer garden, it seems so very appropriate that the Saint of the day is St. Therese of Lisieux. A Carmelite nun, St. Therese is, of course, lovingly known as the “Little Flower” and is the patron saint of florists. As someone [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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For the nuns and sisters suffering in the many war-torn lands of our Earth, we pray this prayer written by Thomas Merton: “Grant light, grant strength and patience to all who work for peace. But grant us above all to see that our ways are not necessarily your ways, that we cannot fully penetrate the [Read More...]

Forcing Bulbs for Preseason Color, Practical Gardening

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When I plant containers of bulbs in the fall, I am thinking about the color they will bring indoors during late winter days or as outdoor focal points early next spring. To force a bulb means that you are manipulating its environment so that it will bloom out of season. Before spring flowering bulbs can [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests, accept this title which we bestow on you to celebrate your motherhood and to contemplate with you the priesthood of, your Son and of your sons, O holy Mother of God.   O Mother of Christ, to the Messiah-priest you gave a body of flesh [Read More...]


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