Mouse in the House

It’s turning cold outside, and with it comes that scratching sound that distracts me from my prayers. They’re running up the chimney wall and across the ceiling. With any luck the rodents will run under the bathroom sink and into the cheese-filled trap. I’m conflicted. I really hate having to kill mice. They are funny [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Beloved Mother Mary, Take the hand of your daughters, our Sisters and Nuns, and guide them to remain outside their personal wants and to desire only the repose in your son’s loving arms. Help them to place their hearts in his eternal joy, and protect these holy women when the hardness of this world tries to [Read More...]

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Pomegranates, A Garden Catechism

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Plant symbolism is prominent in religious art. Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB offers a small study on the catechism of plants. [Read more...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests, and Especially Those at the Synod

Father, be with the leaders of your flock in their needs today. Help your bishops and priests to interpret the Gospel message with clarity and urgency, witnessing in their own lives to the teaching and example of Christ. Fortify and encourage those among them who are fearful and confused; be truly a Father to those [Read More...]

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Graces from Gleditsia

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It was one of those perfect fall days when the clear cerulean sky contrasted the vivid reds and yellows of the maples, poplars, and the honey locust in my yard. Settling into this house in 1988 one of the first things I did on the property, after removing all the trash and debris, was add [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Lord, hear our prayers for our Sisters and Nuns that they seek God with a calm, unceasing movement, directing their whole lives into one single course towards Him. Let their longing for God envelope and dominate all of who they are, in their service to others, as representatives of Eternal Love. We pray all this [Read More...]

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Fall Blooming Pansies, Practical Gardening

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In the Midwest, we’re all pretty familiar with fall mums, Russian sage, and flowering kale as the main staples of the late-season garden. These plants are tolerant of cold nights and less sunlight. But why not add pansies to your selection? Until recently the general public was unaware that the pansy is not heat tolerant, [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests and Synod on the Family

  As our bishops continue with the Synod on the Family, let us pray for them that in their efforts to define and maintain the health of families they listen for the promptings of the Holy Spirit to guide their way. And let us also recite the prayer by Pope Francis for our families: Jesus, Mary [Read More...]

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Uprooted and Reorienting Fear

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The word “transplant,” both verb and noun, is from Late Latin, transplantare, trans-“across” + plantare “to plant”. It means to move from one place and place to another…remove, uproot, reorient, shift. We gardeners do this often for the health of the plant, for better balance in the landscape, or to open up space for other [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Lord Jesus, in your wisdom and limitless love you you have planted the seed of service in all of us.We pray at this time you will kindle in the hearts of women the desire to follow you into a consecrated religious life. In the quiet of their discerning give them assurance in answering yes, the peace in their [Read More...]

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