Thursday’s Prayer for Priests, and Especially Those at the Synod

Father, be with the leaders of your flock in their needs today. Help your bishops and priests to interpret the Gospel message with clarity and urgency, witnessing in their own lives to the teaching and example of Christ. Fortify and encourage those among them who are fearful and confused; be truly a Father to those [Read More…]

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Graces from Gleditsia

It was one of those perfect fall days when the clear cerulean sky contrasted the vivid reds and yellows of the maples, poplars, and the honey locust in my yard. Settling into this house in 1988 one of the first things I did on the property, after removing all the trash and debris, was add [Read More…]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Lord, hear our prayers for our Sisters and Nuns that they seek God with a calm, unceasing movement, directing their whole lives into one single course towards Him. Let their longing for God envelope and dominate all of who they are, in their service to others, as representatives of Eternal Love. We pray all this [Read More…]

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Fall Blooming Pansies, Practical Gardening

In the Midwest, we’re all pretty familiar with fall mums, Russian sage, and flowering kale as the main staples of the late-season garden. These plants are tolerant of cold nights and less sunlight. But why not add pansies to your selection? Until recently the general public was unaware that the pansy is not heat tolerant, [Read More…]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests and Synod on the Family

  As our bishops continue with the Synod on the Family, let us pray for them that in their efforts to define and maintain the health of families they listen for the promptings of the Holy Spirit to guide their way. And let us also recite the prayer by Pope Francis for our families: Jesus, Mary [Read More…]

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Uprooted and Reorienting Fear

The word “transplant,” both verb and noun, is from Late Latin, transplantare, trans–“across” + plantare “to plant”. It means to move from one place and place to another…remove, uproot, reorient, shift. We gardeners do this often for the health of the plant, for better balance in the landscape, or to open up space for other [Read More…]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Lord Jesus, in your wisdom and limitless love you you have planted the seed of service in all of us.We pray at this time you will kindle in the hearts of women the desire to follow you into a consecrated religious life. In the quiet of their discerning give them assurance in answering yes, the peace in their [Read More…]

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Thanks all. The Sabbatical is Over.

After three weeks away from social media, and limited on-line work, I feel refreshed and ready to write. A special thank you goes out to the people that kept my blog going while I was retreating. Marty Rymarz, an oblate brother and upcoming writer, was kind enough to write two main posts, A Walk through [Read More…]

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Transplanting Perennials and Hardwoods, Practical Gardening

October is a lovely time of year for dividing and transplanting in your gardens. The urgency of spring gives way to a slower pace of planning. There are many reasons to divide perennials: to keep them healthy and free of diseases, to have more plants, keep them contained to an area, to open up space. [Read More…]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

As we celebrate today’s Memorial of the Guardian Angels, we remember in prayer our priests: Heavenly Father, your son Jesus Christ taught his disciples with the words, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my [Read More…]

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