St. Patrick Pray for Our Missionary Sisters and Nuns

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…]

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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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What 3 plants to grow for Justice

Catholic gardeners can express their faith with plants. Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB, offers plants suitable for a virtuous garden on justice. [Read more…]

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In the Sicknesses that Pierce the Heart, Pray for Sisters and Nuns

Beloved Mother Mary, we ask that you enter the hearts of our Sisters and Nuns and console them in their sickness.  Give them strength to face the sicknesses that pierce our bodies: cancers, viruses, the diseases of heart and lungs. Give them courage to face the illnesses that impair our minds and rob us of [Read More…]

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Shepherding the Shepherds, Praying for Priests

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…]

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How to Grow 3 Plants for Prudence

Catholic gardeners can express their faith with plants. Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB, offers plants suitable for a virtuous garden on prudence. [Read more…]

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In Their Frustration, We Pray for Sisters and Nuns

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…]

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Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac

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…]

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St. Therese’s Prayer for Priests

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…]

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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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