Starving to be Fed

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I was surprised this year by the return of migratory birds. It felt like the first week in February was too early with night temperatures still running near zero. With over two feet of snow on the ground there was very little food for the birds to forage or materials for building nests. Last week [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

To be a Sister or Nun does not mean to be without humanness. It means that in their humanness they have offered who they are as they are to God. Let us pray for these consecrated women that in their desires and their downfalls, in their laughter, hopes, and humility they persevere to be always [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Precious Jesus, guide your priests to choose wisely in a world filled with temptations that draw them away from what is true and holy. They, like their sheep, are given the free will to choose. Protect them Lord from every evil that allures. Grant them peace in their repentance when they have  fallen. Give them strength to [Read More...]

Blue Blue Birds

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One of the delights of living a single life in silence is hearing the change in the songs of song birds. I had noticed over the past week that the black capped chickadees had started their flocking call. Their two-note whistle, after which the species in named, is the familiar chica-dee-dee-dee-dee. I had seen a [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Mother Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, pray with us for women discerning a life as consecrated Sisters or Nuns. Guide them in their desire to dedicate their life to your Son. We pray that their hearts are filled with a love that will sustain them through years of service to others. Strengthen them in their times [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

The attack on our priests are happening more often and will likely increase. Please offer prayer daily for them that they may withstand the attacks of the evil one. Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; [Read More...]

Grow Light

It had been weeks since the last time it was warm enough to walk—a relative statement since it was only twenty degrees outside. I discovered my boots leaked while I walked along Leeward Drive. I stepped around slush puddles as best I could. My cheeks and nose tingled from the cold. Today the sun had [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Lord our God, you have called our Sisters and Nuns to serve you and one another in love. Bless our sick Sisters and Nuns today so that they may bear their illness in union with Jesus’ sufferings and restore them quickly to health. Bless those holy women who have grown old in your service and [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Lord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for our needs. We pray for them in their needs. We know that You have made them priests in the likeness of Your own priesthood. You have consecrated them, set them aside, anointed them, filled them with the [Read More...]

Father’s Hands

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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