Serving when the Task Seems Insurmountable, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Beloved Mother Mary, Pray with us this day for our Sisters and Nuns. In the face of unending need, let them not be discouraged but always serve with joy. Let their hearts, so often moved with pity, always reveal their devotion to your Son. May their faith in him help them to persevere through seemingly [Read More...]

An Appeal through Mother Mary to Pray for Priests

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Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of God, to you we turn. With your “yes” you have opened the door to the presence of Christ in the world, in history and in souls, receiving in humble silence and total submission the appeal of the Most High. Grant that many men and women may know [Read More...]

Top 5 Flowers of the Annunciation

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The flowers associated with the Annunciation represent in varied ways the spiritual fruit of the event—purity of heart, humility, fruitfulness, and The Mother of God. The Annunciation to Mary found in Luke 1:26-39 and Matthew 1:18-21, is not only recognized by Roman and Eastern Catholics, but is also recorded in the Qur’an. We read in [Read More...]

Being Mortal, Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Our Lord and God, Hear us as we pray. Guard our Sisters and Nuns in your unceasing mercy, and since without you mortal humanity is sure to fall, may they be kept from all harm by your constant help and be directed to all that brings salvation. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen. (Image by [Read More...]

Gardening Gift Basket Give-away as Spring Begins

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Its here! It’s the official first day of spring and the launch of my newest book A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac: Cultivating your Faith throughout the Year. It has been a joy to create this book and work with the folks at Ave Maria Press. I would like to share that joy with you by [Read More...]

Saint Joseph Prayer for Priests

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We pray to you St. Joseph to guide and strengthen our priests that they may model your fidelity. In their uncertainty let them be attentive to Our Lord for guidance as you were. Let our priests teach and lead us with as confident a heart as yours. Let our priests hold as lovingly in their [Read More...]

How to Grow a Garden with Fortitude, 3 of the Best Plants!

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Christians can express their faith in nearly limitless ways in a garden setting. Continuing with the theme of A Virtuous Garden, here are some of the aspects of the third cardinal virtue—fortitude. You can find the other columns for prudence here, and justice here. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1808: Fortitude is the [Read More...]

St. Patrick Pray for Our Missionary Sisters and Nuns

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St. Patrick was a great missionary, and a beloved patron saint. On this his feast day, let us ask him to pray with us as intercessor for our missionary sisters and nuns. Lord Jesus, watch over your missionary women–those brave sisters and nuns dispersed throughout our world–who leave everything to give testimony to your word and [Read More...]

Laetare Sunday and Hard Rocks

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We’ve passed Laetare Sunday, the fourth week of Lent, and still I’ve not been able to adhere to its disciplines: fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. My usual prayer and abstinence routines are securely in place. It is the extras, so important to this spiritual season of faith, that are lacking. The other morning after Lauds and [Read More...]

What 3 plants to grow for Justice

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There is so much more to spiritually uplifting gardens than a statue of a saint or a cross strategically placed in the yard with a few petunias coloring up the base. Catholic gardeners can express their faith in nearly limitless ways in a garden setting. This is the second in a series of blog posts [Read More...]


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