Short at One End Coming to Christ

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I’m still trying to find my place as a pray-er among the residents at the women’s care facility. As an introvert and hermit, and with what little social skills I possess, the challenge is large. I had been given a list of names of the women who are Catholic and ambled to each room to [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Let us pray for our future Sisters and Nuns that they, like the Blessed Virgin Mary, will trust in their own annunciation of being called to a religious profession. That they will not fear what they do not know, will bear in holy confidence whatever befalls, and that they bring into our world the Light of [Read More...]

Cuke Frog and Snapping Dragons

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Just some pictures from the gardens…                                                                         All images property of Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB. All rights reserved. [Read more...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Lord Jesus, once you called the first disciples in order to make them fishers of men. Continue to let resound today your sweet invitation: “Come and follow Me.” Grant to young men the grace of responding promptly to your voice. Sustain our bishops, priests and consecrated souls in their apostolic work. Give perseverance to our [Read More...]

Wilting in the Bright Light of Annie’s Need

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Exiting my car at the women’s care facility, I saw there were plastic grocery bags sitting atop a picnic table, in the shady end of the lot. Within them were dozens of perennials that had been dug from someone’s garden. The bags were crumpled, the cardboard boxes were warped, and the plants they contained were [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Holy and Beloved Father whose love is without limit and whose gifts are given with full compassion hear our prayers for Sisters and Nuns. Look upon them with mercy when their prayers are hindered by a false sense of unworthiness. Inspire all Sisters and Nuns who are creative artists whose gifts are to reveal your [Read More...]

Tomatoes! Make ‘em Stop! Practical Gardening Gone Wild

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I don’t know why I agreed to the request from the woman who lives downstairs. Linda had asked that I grow some tomato plants for her—one ‘Sweet 100s’ and a second ‘Champion’—oh and would I mind maybe bush zucchinis and a single cucumber plant? I no longer worked the grounds at the retreat center and [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

On a road overwhelmed by events of great sorrow and despair, the men together walked. The story of the road to Emmaus was over two-thousand years ago. Today, and still, our priests may be journeying with the same heavy hearts. Let us offer this prayer for them in a world  gone mad. Lord Jesus, hear our [Read More...]

Intimacy Relearned

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A pair of Mourning Doves rested beside the massive zucchini leaves near the bird bath. They cooed, crouching in the warm soil, and rubbing their heads along each others beak and neck. Scratching the soil with their feet they created a shallow divot. They tucked themselves down into the earthen bowl to lay close together, [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Lord Jesus we pray that you strengthen our Sisters and Nuns to bring forth your hope and love in a suffering world. Where war has inflicted death, let our Sisters and Nuns work for peace. Where famine has brought suffering, let our holy women feed the poor. Where earthquakes and floods have caused hopelessness, let [Read More...]


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