Water Wise, Practical Gardening

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The heat of summer, especially in July and August, increases the challenges of maintaining a garden. You will need to pay attention to your plants’ need for watering. If you have mulched your garden, pull it away from the plant and check the soil for dampness before you water.  Push your finger into the ground [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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 A novena, starting today, is to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Some of you know about www.praymorenovenas.com. You can visit the website and sign up to receive the daily prayers for the novena. Pray without ceasing made easy.  The Feast of the Sacred Heart has also been established by Pope Saint John Paul II as [Read More...]

Shepherdesses, Catholic Photo Challenge

Image courtesy Lisa Hendey.

They are not deep in my life, these three women.  Yet in my walk through unfamiliar pastures they are examples of Christ’s hands, His voice, and His love modeled in a world gone terribly wrong. It is the building up of  little things of love that matter, and women are good at building incrementally. Pat Gohn, Maria [Read More...]

Four Waters of the Soul

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“A beginner must think of herself as one setting out to make a garden in which her Beloved Lord is to take his delight…[1]“ St. Teresa of Avila was a Spanish Carmelite nun and mystic who was an affectionate extrovert of great joy and determination. By her own admission, she tells of her exploits as [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns in Mosul and throughout Iraq

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Holy Mother of God, hear our prayers for the Sisters and Nuns in Mosul and throughout Iraq who remain in service as the hands of Christ to all those in need. Throughout history these consecrated and holy women have ministered to the sick, injured, and dying. Continue to give our Sisters and Nuns the courage [Read More...]

Prayer for Christians in Mosul and throughout Iraq

Prayer for Christians in Mosul and throughout Iraq Lord God hear us as we pray, Mother Mary help us to persevere in our efforts, St. Michale protect us as we fight against the evil that threatens Christianity in Iraq.  Hear our prayers that the Christians in Mosul, and throughout the Middle East, who endure persecution, [Read More...]

10 Fun and Easy Practical Gardening Tips

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Over the years I’ve collected a number of these tips from friends, magazines, online, or at conferences. Here are a few: Turn a wooden long-handled tool into a measuring stick. Using a permanent marker or a wood burner, write inch and foot marks on the handle. When you need to space plants a certain distance you’ll [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Father, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to be our High Priest, and you gave us the gift of the priesthood to continue his saving work.  Bless our priests, and give us more of them.  Make them holy.  Strengthen them to proclaim the Gospel of Life, and to defend the rights of all, especially the [Read More...]

Pentecost, what no fanfare or cupcakes?

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Let me introduce to you Michelle Dawn Jones. She writes, among other things, about life in rural Canada. Her blog is called County Road 21: Simple. True. Beautiful. She asked if I would read something she wrote about Pentecost. I did, liked it and am sharing it with you. I don’t read theology exhaustively, nor church history. [Read More...]

A Walk in the Garden

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The transformation in my gardens in the past two years has been one of lightening the workload. I’ve grown a bit more accustomed to the spaciousness of a small yard without voluptuous flower beds. In the smallness of it all beauty is more precise, less grand. My photography skills are minimal, but I try to [Read More...]


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