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

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…]

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Celibate and Poor, a Prayer for Vocations

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…]

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All the Holy is Hidden

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…]

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Parsnip and Apple Soup, a Sweeter Fare for Meatless Fridays

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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For Valiant Faith, Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Most gracious Heavenly Father, We thank you for our faithful priests and bishops, whose spiritual fatherhood and example of fidelity, self-sacrifice, and devotion is so vital to the faith of your people. May our spiritual fathers be guided by the examples of Saints Peter and Paul, all the Apostles and their saintly successors. Give them [Read More…]

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Who Wants a Date?

The houseplants in the upstairs hermitage needed watering. There aren’t as many as there used to be. As I now spend more time indoors as a writer, rather than outdoors as I once did being a gardener, I wanted sunlight streaming through the windows. The numerous houseplants I once had hoarded the light, so I [Read More…]

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Voluntary Poverty, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Let us pray for our Sisters and Nuns that as they embrace their consecrated life the vow of poverty is more fully lived. Upon entering this new life, letting go of material goods can be a challenge for some. Help them to release willingly the things in their possession—the sentimental things given in love, an [Read More…]

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How to Make a Rosary Garden in 10 Easy Steps

Want to incorporate a rosary garden into an existing landscape? Here’s an easy way to line a walkway, enhance a garden bed, or circle a tree. 1–Purchase: 59-60, 4’-6’ bamboo stakes. You’ll want the poles tall enough for the beads to be seen among the plants and not hidden. 2–Purchase round plastic Christmas ornaments 53 for [Read More…]

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In Blizzards and Over Ice, Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Lord Hear Our Prayer, During this season of continued storms of snow and ice and freezing rain, in the relentless cold and winds that chill our bodies and our spirits, let us remember our priests. They too struggle with this weather. Not only to meet the demands of being a priest, they also ache in their [Read More…]

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