Sun Damaged Skin and Cancer, Practical Gardening

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I’m just as guilty as the next gardener about forgetting, or avoiding, sunscreen. Consider this video a PSA. It sure gave me a wake-up call!   [Read more...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and to act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving. We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal [Read More...]

A Way for the Weak and Sinful, Excerpt from Connie Rossini’s New Book

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God gives us the grace of failure to teach us to rely only on him alone. Therese experienced this with her over-sensitive nature. She also had another experience of failure. When the Virgin of the Smile cured her of her illness in 1883, Therese made up her mind to keep the miracle a secret. Only [Read More...]

Revealing of One’s True Self

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Self awareness from a pretty bird: Earlier in the spring I was blessed with two nests of cardinals in my yard. Cardinals are very territorial birds but for some reason these two families shared the space congenially. The two nests of fledglings gave way to a small flock darting about the Locust tree and flowering [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Christ is the spouse and crowning glory of Sisters and Nuns. Let us praise him with joy in our voices and pray to him with sincerity in our hearts: Jesus, crown of holy women, hear us. Christ, the holy women loved you as their one true spouse, grant that nothing may separate Sisters and Nuns [Read More...]

Papal Gardens, Open to Public

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Some background on the gardens from Vatican City State: The Vatican Gardens have been a place of quiet and meditation for the popes since 1279 when Nicholas III (Giovanni Gaetano Orsini, 1277-1280) moved his residence back to the Vatican from the Lateran Palace. Within the new walls, which he had built to protect his residence, [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Jesus, Good Shepherd, who have come to save what was lost, you have established the priesthood of the Holy Church, so that the work of Redemption might be perpetuated. We ask you urgently: send laborers into your vineyard! Give your Holy Church worthy and holy priests. Give your Holy Church religious brothers and sisters. [Read More...]

Summit Climbing

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I remembered being light headed and giddy. The man who had brought me to that secluded place held me tight as we leaned against the rocks of an adjoining mountainside. The air tickled my lungs in a way that a city girl—I was from Detroit—rarely experienced. There was a purity and thinness between where we [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

This prayer is for those who feel the burden of our times, which includes our Sisters and Nuns. It was shared by Fr. Mike, the priest at Saints Cornelius & Cyprian Church, a small parish in farm country where I usually attend daily Mass. O God, we pray this day: for all who have a song they cannot [Read More...]

Travelling Bouquet Bag, Practical Gardening Series

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Sharing flowers from your garden is a joy for both you and the recipient. Here’s a handy way to transport those posies using a coffee bag! 1. Rinse well an emptied coffee bag. No need to use soap, coffee oils won’t hurt a thing. 2. That little vacuum button on the front? Sometimes they aren’t [Read More...]


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