Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Dear Lord, we pray that the Blessed Mother wrap her mantle around priests and through her intercession strengthen them for their ministry. We pray that Mary will guide priests to follow her own words, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5). May priests have the heart of St. Joseph, Mary’s most chaste spouse.  May the [Read More...]

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Knit-wit and New Year’s Resolution

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A friend, Max, shared a story from 2011 of a campaign, after an oil spill near New Zeeland, to knit adorable little sweaters for penguins. The sweaters kept the penguins from preening the deadly slime from their feathers until the birds could be washed by cleanup crews. His sharing of that charitable act of knitting reminded me [Read More...]

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Sacred Dirt

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Ann Margaret Lewis is part of the powerhouse behind the Catholic Writers Guild, she is an amazing classical singer, the author of two Sherlockian books (Murder in the Vatican and soon to be released The Watson Chronicles), and is also I recently learned a bando! I’ll let her explain… Margaret asked me to take her [Read More...]

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Tuesdays Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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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. In Jesus name, amen. [Read More...]

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Intimacy of a Name

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  She was a full-bodied woman and reminded me of Oprah, as Sophia, in the Color Purple. Her one eye watered and drooped much the same as that character. Her walk was a shambling gait of exhaustion. Her niece had brought her shopping for clothes. The three of us exchanged niceties among the racks of [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O my God, pour forth upon thy priests the spirit of sacrifice in its fullness. It is their glory as much as their duty to be victims, to consume themselves for souls, to often live without human joys, to often undergo mistrust, injustice, and persecution. May they reflect upon what they say each day at [Read More...]

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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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