The Fruit of Celibate Love

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I’m still praying with the question from Lisa Hendy, of Catholicmom.com, about Conscious Celibacy and “saying yes to love.”  In a previous post I addressed being single and how celibacy is neither the object nor theme of my singleness—though love is. This question from Lisa about love’s expression and, I realized, inherent reception, stirred up [Read More...]

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Blooms of Mary’s Sword

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I remember as a child the sweet fragrance and stunning colors of the species Iris germanica, commonly known as bearded iris or Mary’s Sword. I can still recall my first encounter with them. Walking home from kindergarten, I stopped in the middle of the sidewalk, inhaled a wave of fragrance, and, sniffing the air, followed my [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Jesus, Good Shepherd, who have come to save what was lost, you have established the priesthood of the Holy Church, so that the work of Redemption might be perpetuated. We ask you urgently: send laborers into your vineyard!  Give your Holy Church worthy and holy priests. Give your Holy Church religious brothers and sisters. Grant [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden

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The walk this week was at the retreat center. We had a dusting of snow.               The Garden Society’s Christmas gathering and pot luck on Tuesday was also my retiring as their coordinator. It was a lovely gathering–more on that come Friday. These are the flowers that one of the [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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St. Michael the Archangel, continue to guard our holy women from the lies of the devil. Let them not doubt their efforts to be the hands of Christ in a world that devalues the lessons He taught. Keep them free from anxieties and fears so they may continue to grow in the peace that only [Read More...]

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Celibate Free for All

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I find it fascinating that the central question to being single is focused on the genital expression of love, and lack there of—celibacy.  Celibacy is neither the object nor theme of my singleness—though love is. To make a decision to be celibate implies sex is something to be surrendered, a giving up to God. I [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Almighty, Eternal God, look upon the face of  your Son and for love of him, who is the Eternal High  Priest, have pity on your  priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of [Read More...]

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A walk through the Garden

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I don’t know much about the photographer, Novak Rogic, but he took a lovely image…don’t you think?                         (Found on Imgur, http://imgur.com/9fj6Jpy)     [Read more...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Gentle Mother, Queen of Heaven, hear our prayers for our Sisters and Nuns. That in communion with you and all the saints, the least of their acts done in charity will rebound to the profit of all. Encourage and guide them in all that they do, and protect their souls locked in human frailness. We ask all [Read More...]

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Love through a Mist

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This video came to me via Facebook of childhood sweethearts, Bill and Glad, as they journey with Alzheimer’s: …and my soul recognized a love above all loves. Now, go hug your sweetie.   (Thanks to Maggie, there is a follow-up video, too. What a lovely love.)   [Read more...]

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