Perseverance in Seminarians, Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

  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 [Read More…]

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Who has the Map?

Journeys—Mary and Joseph’s, the wise men, Jesus’ cousin John, and Jesus himself. In the past few weeks everybody we read about in the Bible is on a journey following a path—and probably prayed to remain watchful on a course laden with misdirection. I was 28 in 1982. This picture was taken while we waited at the [Read More…]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

  Come Holy Spirit and guide our Sisters and Nuns in the formation of new communities. In their venture let them be free of the anxieties that distance them from trusting God to provide.  Help deepen their confidence in one another during uncertain times. In humility let them feel Christ’s presence in all that they [Read More…]

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Fertility God Missing the Mark

He was a dear friend from college and delightfully quirky. He was six foot eight, brilliant, perceptive, with a quick and witty sense of humor, and never disrespectful. He was the gentlest of souls and a devout Catholic of Polish descent. I liked to think he saw me as a little sister. Even though I [Read More…]

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A Virgin’s Fear

The angel appeared and said “Do not be afraid…” Some heavenly being popped up in front of me, I’d need calming down too! These words were spoken to Zechariah in Luke 1:13; and a few months later to Mary, Luke 1:30. Let’s never mind about St. John the Baptist’s father.  Consider only Mary for a [Read More…]

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Swooning Over Oxtail

As a child, my first memory of a soup is Oxtail. Not so much for its flavor—though it is delicious—but for the adventure at my grandmother’s side. In late winter, after Christmas and before Lent, I would often spend a weekend at my maternal grandparents’ house. I delighted in the quietness and solitude that their [Read More…]

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St. Joseph and a Prayer for our Priests

Today we heard the story of St. Joseph’s faithfulness to follow the will of God. Let us offer a prayer to Saint Joseph for a Particular Priest: Saint Joseph, I present to you this day Father (N.), priest of Jesus Christ, and beg you to be to him advocate and defender, counselor and friend. Open [Read More…]

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Do Not Snark the Poor

Christmas shopping and the Red Kettles bell ringers of the Salvation Army are calling us with a tinny jangle to help the poor. I nod my head and smile, walking by, not depositing even a penny. I have already given—to another group, at church or the office—earlier. I am annoyed by the once-a-year, in-your-face, give-to-ME-or-look-selfish-in-the-eyes-of-the-anonymous-crowd [Read More…]

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Vocation of Women, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Blessed Mother Mary, You discerned in your heart and gave to God the fullness of yourself in love and faith. You did not know the demands your “yes” would place on you in the future as the mother of Jesus. You chose to walk trusting the will of our Holy Father. Look now on our [Read More…]

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Chestnuts at Christmas, A Garden Catechism

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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