Golden Splendour and a Collapsing Porch

Trying not to panic, Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB faces major home repairs! [Read more…]

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I Remain Catholic for the Love of a God I Hated

What happens when you hate a loving God? Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB shares her insights. [Read more…]

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The Holy Spirit is a Fearsome Guest

An experience of coexistence between fear and faith? According to Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB., it’s overwhelming! [Read more…]

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Untidy Waste of Life

Weeds. Even in the small garden they are a bother. I yank them out and throw them onto the driveway, making a mess instead of tossing them in a bucket to be composted. Composting is a good thing, though. We take weeds and organic waste, and jumble it together to make a rich soil. This [Read More…]

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Laetare Sunday and Hard Rocks

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…]

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Gardeners Love These 16 Flowers for the 8 Beatitudes

Herbaceous plants and hardwoods hold meaning in Christian art. Throughout history flowers have been used to signify personal affections. In the language of flowers there can be more than one connotation for a plant, though usually it holds the same sentiment. In my new book, A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac, I share with readers how plant symbolisms [Read More…]

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All the Holy is Hidden

The Blessed Mother statue is only twelve inches tall. Finding a place to store it for Lent shouldn’t have been that hard. At a Catholic Writers Guild Conference I’d bought this smaller version of the original from the Korean woman who was the sculptor. The soft light from the candles in my prayer space enhanced [Read More…]

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Who Wants a Date?

The houseplants in the upstairs hermitage needed watering. There aren’t as many as there used to be. As I now spend more time indoors as a writer, rather than outdoors as I once did being a gardener, I wanted sunlight streaming through the windows. The numerous houseplants I once had hoarded the light, so I [Read More…]

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Breaking Apart

Many years ago I made small stained glass windows. The vibrancy of the material—its waves, ripples, and bubbles diffusing light—was a feast of color to the eyes. In workshops I learned how a small scratch directionally drawn would allow the glass to break in desired ways. I was fascinated by this breaking apart almost more [Read More…]

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Bad Seed and Contaminated Food

One of the small pleasures in my day is watching the birds, especially when praying a rosary. Their feeding at the window reminds me of the Bible verse about sparrows (Mt 10:29-31), and I am comforted in knowing God is at least as attentive to me as to his little brown birds. For this reason, [Read More…]

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