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...]

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Christmas Greens and Their Symbolism

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Last week’s post on the herb, rosemary, brought requests about other symbolisms of plants in our Christian traditions. The meanings of evergreens in the language of flowers will be new to some of you, and familiar to others who may have read this column before. During the Christmas holidays I love how the fragrance and beauty of [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of vocations, multiply priestly vocations and fill the earth with religious houses which will be light and warmth for the world, safety in stormy nights. Beg your Son to send us many priests and religious. Guard and protect each of your precious priests according to your Divine Son’s will.  This [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Beloved Mother Mary hear our prayers for our Sisters and Nuns. In this Advent season we ask that they seek to answer God’s call, as you had, through faith. That they are encouraged to walk with trust on an unknown journey. That you guide them to embrace fully the teachings of your Son, and to share [Read More...]

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Hauntingly Beautiful

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Angelo Merendino took these pictures of his wife as she battled breast cancer. They are a haunting and beautiful look into a journey that demands Christ. Rossalyn Warren shares Angelo’s images in memorial at upworthy.com: http://www.upworthy.com/a-husband-took-these-photos-of-his-wife-and-captured-love-and-loss-beautifully Eternal rest, Jennifer. [Read more...]

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Rosemary Dethrones Christmas Red!

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I thought it would be nice to share this blog from last year with all the new visitors to Morning Rose Prayer Gardens…and gently remind the rest of you of an alternative. Many of you know I’m on a mission to dethrone the poinsettia as the Christmas plant in Catholic homes and churches with the herb Rosemary [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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A Walk through the Garden of the Soul

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O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; when I have work, help me to remember the jobless; when I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless; when I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer; and remembering, help me to destroy my complacency and [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Precious Lord, We pray this day for our consecrated women that their sanctity continues to increase and that their communities continue to grow so that they may serve those who are in need. We pray that our Sisters and Nuns continue to see You in the least of humanity, but that they also see You [Read More...]

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Snow and Falling

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Sitting in my oratory, I finished the Salve Regina prayer. I then looked from the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe out the window at a gray winter’s morning. I felt heavy that morning, down, and I didn’t know why. Kissing the blue millefiori rosary in my hand, I returned it to the porcelain dish, [Read More...]

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