Big Difference in Naturalizing and Perennializing Bulbs, Practical Gardening

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Well, autumn is upon us and it’s nearly time for planting spring bulbs. Let’s start this column with definitions that will help you get a handle on nomenclature: True bulbs contain their leaves and flowering parts inside. These include tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. Corms carry their leaf parts on the outside to support interior bud [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Lord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for our needs. We pray for them in their needs. We know that You have made them priests in the likeness of Your own priesthood. You have consecrated them, set them aside, anointed them, filled them with the [Read More...]

The Threat of a Listener

Image from the movie Vision: From the life of Hildegard von Bingen by Margarethe von Trotta

I’m catching on to why its so unsettling to be in the presence of chatty elderly women. Its because I like to do and there is nothing to be done beyond my presence. In my discomfort I default to what is most familiar, silence, and listening. Here is the problem. When you’re dealing with someone who is a good [Read More...]

Buy a Nun a Book on Sept. 17

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My usual Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns is being preempted by this International Holiday! The iBenedictine sisters have shared the news. What a fun way to delight the women who bring us such joy! It will soon be here, International Buy a Nun a Book Day, on 17 September, the feast of St Hildegard [Read More...]

Storing Tender Bulbs, Practical Gardening

Photography from http://www.flickr.com/photos/nilliske/3510306101/

Each year I would plant a few tender bulbs for their summer blooms or dramatic leaves. They are a wonderful addition to the home garden. The term tender bulb refers to bulbs, corms, tubers, and rhizomes that will be winter killed by our Zone 5 winters. These tender bulbs need to be removed from the [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Eternal Father, Please bless our priests, who represent you on this earth.  Make them more greatly aware of the grace that you pour out through them when they minister the sacraments, and help them to fall more deeply in love with you through every Mass that they celebrate. Please strengthen our priests, who shepherd your flock, when [Read More...]

Short at One End Coming to Christ

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I’m still trying to find my place as a pray-er among the residents at the women’s care facility. As an introvert and hermit, and with what little social skills I possess, the challenge is large. I had been given a list of names of the women who are Catholic and ambled to each room to [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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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 profession. 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...]

Cuke Frog and Snapping Dragons

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Just some pictures from the gardens…                                                                               [Read more...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Lord Jesus, once you called the first disciples in order to make them fishers of men. Continue to let resound today your sweet invitation: “Come and follow Me.” Grant to young men the grace of responding promptly to your voice. Sustain our bishops, priests and consecrated souls in their apostolic work. Give perseverance to our [Read More...]


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