Feast day of St. Therese of Lisiuex, the Little Flower

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On this first day of October, as we take our daily walk through the prayer garden, it seems so very appropriate that the Saint of the day is St. Therese of Lisieux. A Carmelite nun, St. Therese is, of course, lovingly known as the “Little Flower” and is the patron saint of florists. As someone [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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For the nuns and sisters suffering in the many war-torn lands of our Earth, we pray this prayer written by Thomas Merton: “Grant light, grant strength and patience to all who work for peace. But grant us above all to see that our ways are not necessarily your ways, that we cannot fully penetrate the [Read More...]

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Forcing Bulbs for Preseason Color, Practical Gardening

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When I plant containers of bulbs in the fall, I am thinking about the color they will bring indoors during late winter days or as outdoor focal points early next spring. To force a bulb means that you are manipulating its environment so that it will bloom out of season. Before spring flowering bulbs can [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests, accept this title which we bestow on you to celebrate your motherhood and to contemplate with you the priesthood of, your Son and of your sons, O holy Mother of God.   O Mother of Christ, to the Messiah-priest you gave a body of flesh [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden

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For those of you taking your daily walk through the beautiful prayer garden that is Margaret Realy’s blog post, you may notice a different gardener today. As Margaret is on retreat for a few weeks, she has very kindly allowed me to help tend to her garden while she is away. As an Oblate novice [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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O Christ of the Incarnation, we pray that You will strengthen and refresh those holy women who have answered Your call to be set apart with You. They are for the world a sign and symbol of the faith You ask of each of us; they sustain us through their prayers and the work of [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]

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The Threat of a Listener

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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...]

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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...]

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