The Epiphany and the Gift of the Christmas Rose

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The Epiphany tells of the three kings arriving to honor the Christ. Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB, shares another story, one about a little shepherdess and the Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger. [Read more...]

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The Virgin Mary and Shadows

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Do not be afraid?! Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB, considers the Virgin Mary’s wonder at the Incarnation, and Christmas. [Read more...]

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Christmas Traditions Out on the Farm

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Christmases around the world offer different traditions. Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB, shares a few that have to do with nature. [Read more...]

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Christmas Houseplants and How to Care for Them

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Christmas houseplants are a popular gift. The Catholic Gardener, Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB, tells how to take care of them. [Read more...]

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Poverty of the Not-So-Obvious Poor

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Christmas is a special time set aside to help the poor. Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB, adds a few more folks to consider adding to your list. [Read more...]

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A Virgin’s Fear

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The angel appeared and said “Do not be afraid…” Some heavenly being popped up in front of me, I’d need calming down too! These words were spoken to Zechariah in Luke 1:13; and a few months later to Mary, Luke 1:30. Let’s never mind about St. John the Baptist’s father.  Consider only Mary for a [Read More...]

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Christmas Greens and Their Symbolism

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Last week’s post on the herb, rosemary, brought requests about other symbolisms of plants in our Christian traditions. The meanings of evergreens in the language of flowers will be new to some of you, and familiar to others who may have read this column before. During the Christmas holidays I love how the fragrance and beauty of [Read More...]

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Rosemary Dethrones Christmas Red!

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I thought it would be nice to share this blog from last year with all the new visitors to Morning Rose Prayer Gardens…and gently remind the rest of you of an alternative. Many of you know I’m on a mission to dethrone the poinsettia as the Christmas plant in Catholic homes and churches with the herb Rosemary [Read More...]

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School Bans Christmas Music

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This just makes me sad…the idiocy of it all. Todd Stames shares his views on a New Jersey school’s decision.  “The angels will not be allowed to hark their herald nor will the little Lord Jesus sleep on the hay after a New Jersey school district announced a ban on all religious Christmas music.” How [Read More...]

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