Shepherding the Shepherds, Praying for Priests

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Eternal God, 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 after each and every Mass that they celebrate. Please strengthen our priests, who [Read More...]

How to Grow 3 Plants for Prudence

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Prayer gardens are focused on any number of spiritually uplifting themes. They includes more than the eternally beloved Marian garden. Why not a garden that reflects the virtues? According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, there are four cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. There are also three theological virtues: faith, hope, and [Read More...]

In Their Frustration, We Pray for Sisters and Nuns

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Merciful Jesus, our beloved Lord and Savior, hear our humble prayers on behalf of your Sisters and Nuns. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will constantly increase throughout the course of their holy life. In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their [Read More...]

Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac

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Lent feels a little less penitential today and, well maybe, for a few more weeks! The books arrived from Ave Maria Press this afternoon; two weeks early. The launch of this (my third) book, is set for Monday March 23, 2015, and can be preordered on Amazon, if you would like. I want to say thanks to [Read More...]

St. Therese’s Prayer for Priests

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O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your Most Sacred Heart, where none can touch them.  Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch your Sacred Body.  Keep unsullied their lips daily tinged with your Precious Blood.  Keep pure and unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.  [Read More...]

Gardeners Love These 16 Flowers for the 8 Beatitudes

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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...]

In Their Humanness, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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To be a Sister or Nun does not mean to be without humanness. It means that in their humanness they have offered who they are as they are to God. Let us pray for these consecrated women that in their desires and their downfalls, in their laughter, hopes, and humility they persevere to be always [Read More...]

Celibate and Poor, a Prayer for Vocations

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To be consecrated as a priest, monk, sister, nun, or hermit, working in the world or cloistered is a vocation of celibacy and poverty. It is a calling few want to hear in our western world. Let us pray that those called to such a life will hear and be unafraid. This prayer was found on the United [Read More...]

All the Holy is Hidden

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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...]

Parsnip and Apple Soup, a Sweeter Fare for Meatless Fridays

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I love apples! Seriously. Love them almost more than chocolate. Biting into a warm, crisp, just picked apple in autumn is only one step away from doing the same in summer with tomatoes. Living in Michigan, where apple production ranks number three in the States, the harvest of this fruit peaks in late September through early [Read More...]


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