Father’s Hands

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The love of greenhousing began when I was very young. I remember being carried on my mother’s hip along a cobble-stoned path that ran the length of the greenhouses—my family had an acre under glass. We walked through the warm and humid houses, past benches of colorful flowers. I would breathe an air unpolluted by cigarette [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Come Holy Spirit and guide our Sisters and Nuns in the formation of new communities. In their venture let them be free of 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 do. Lead [Read More...]

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Fire Too Close

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The siren was close. The main road I live on, Berry, intersects with Meridian three hundred feet east of my drive. It’s not unusual to hear the siren of ambulances or police cars. Sitting at my desk I tried to determine the direction of the sound. It had stopped near my house. Not good…not good [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Jesus, Eternal Pontiff, Good Shepherd and Fountain of life, who by the special goodness of your Most Sweet Heart, have given us priests to fulfill in us the designs of sanctification which your grace inspires in our hearts, we ask you:  come to their aid with the assistance of your mercy. O Jesus, may [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns (on Wednesday…)

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, we pray that you give strength and perseverance to our Sisters and Nuns as they continue their work for the dignity of life. We pray that your compassion infuses their hearts as they minister to post-abortive parents, and all those sorrowing who have in some way, by their actions or inactions, been [Read More...]

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Fetal Sacred Heart

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This powerful image painted by Julia Holcomb is titled Fetal Sacred Heart… …appropriate for this weeks March For Life in Washington, DC  (http://marchforlife.org/). I like the artist’s choices of symbolisms for her painting. Especially the rays of Mother Mary’s womb, similar to those we often see radiating on statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During Pope John Paul II visit in 1999 to Mexico [Read More...]

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Lasers and Light

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The furnace barely kept up. It ran almost constantly on Sunday as winter winds blew and made the awnings shudder and groan. The kettle of chicken-vegetable soup simmered. Rice, carrots, and celery gently rolled to the top as I stood beside the stove and contemplatively watched the gentle bubbling. The steam incensed the kitchen—and all [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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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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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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O Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, hear the prayers we offer for our Sisters and Nuns. Let them know clearly the work that You are calling them to do. Grant them every grace to answer Your call with courage, love, and a lasting dedication to Your will. We ask for our Blessed [Read More...]

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Driven to Humility

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The audience had applauded with enthusiasm after the presenter’s slide show. The gardening program left the attendees buzzing and eager to put into practice what they had learned. With skill the presenter pulled questions from the boisterous crowd and interjected humor in her answers. She was a renowned horticulturalist and landscape designer, and everyone knew [Read More...]

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