Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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O Immaculate Virgin, help remove from the hearts of our holy women any reluctance to giving themselves fully to God. Keep them from being immersed in the things of earth. Teach them how pure their hearts ought to be, so that they will never refuse anything to the Lord, and will always be able to [Read More...]

Some Flowers for a Happy 5th Anniversary Patheos!

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Sending you flowers for the big day! Wishing the Patheos team God’s choicest blessings for all the times they’ve left the rest of us so blessed. (wait for it)       [Read more...]

Irises in the Garden, Practical Gardening Series

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Irises have been a favorite perennial since childhood. They began my gardening and were there when I retired from working the grounds at St. Francis Retreat Center. Over the years I have come to love the wide assortment of Iris germanica. From the earliest blooming dwarfs  to the big boys late in the season. Bearded [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Saint Joseph, I present to you this day Father ________, priest of Jesus Christ, and beg you to be to him advocate and defender, counselor and friend. Open your heart to him as you opened your home to the Virgin Mother in her hour of need. Protect his holy priesthood as you protected the life [Read More...]

Google Bans Pro-life Ads

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I usually don’t post things not of gardens. But gardens are about life and this isn’t. WORLD reports: Google goaded into purging pro-life ads: Popular search engine allegedly removes ‘deceptive’ pregnancy center ads at pro-abortion group’s prompting NARAL Pro-Choice America has been pecking at Google to remove “deceptive” advertisements placed by crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) [Read More...]

A Muddy Situation

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I was walking a river path in the northern third of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. My rubber half-boots made sucking sounds when, avoiding puddles, I walked on the soggy chartreuse grass. The thaw had left the ground and spring rains melted the earth. It was mud season. Near the end of my trek, on the low [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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O God, you are beauty and wisdom, mystery and love. Touch the hearts of your Sisters and Nuns to flame for you and for your Church through the prayer and example of St. Catherine of Siena. We ask this grace through Jesus the Christ, our Lord. Amen (Adapted from Magnificat, v16, n2, p339) [Read more...]

Duckies and Kittens, Momma to Both

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I’ve mentioned before…videos of puppies and kittens, meh. Give me duckies and I go all soft. This is pretty remarkable! [Read more...]

Powdery Mildew on my Veggies?! Practical Gardening Series

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Powdery mildew is a general name for a few different species of fungi that infect several ornamental plants, such as zinnias, Monarda, lilacs, and roses. It also affects vegetables and fruits, including beans, grapes, cucumbers, beets, melons, and squash to name a few. It can affect the flavor and reduce yields of some fruits and [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests and all Missionaries

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Holy Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of God, to you we turn. With your “yes” you have opened the door to the presence of Christ in the world, in history, and in souls, receiving in humble silence and total submission the appeal of the Most High. Grant that many men and women may know and hear, even [Read More...]


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