Irises in the Garden, Practical Gardening Series

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Irises have been a favorite perennial since childhood. They began my gardening and were there when I retired from working the grounds at St. Francis Retreat Center. Over the years I have come to love the wide assortment of Iris germanica. From the earliest blooming dwarfs  to the big boys late in the season. Bearded [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Saint Joseph, I present to you this day Father ________, priest of Jesus Christ, and beg you to be to him advocate and defender, counselor and friend. Open your heart to him as you opened your home to the Virgin Mother in her hour of need. Protect his holy priesthood as you protected the life [Read More...]

A Muddy Situation

I was walking a river path in the northern third of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. My rubber half-boots made sucking sounds when, avoiding puddles, I walked on the soggy chartreuse grass. The thaw had left the ground and spring rains melted the earth. It was mud season. Near the end of my trek, on the low [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

O God, you are beauty and wisdom, mystery and love. Touch the hearts of your Sisters and Nuns to flame for you and for your Church through the prayer and example of St. Catherine of Siena. We ask this grace through Jesus the Christ, our Lord. Amen (Adapted from Magnificat, v16, n2, p339) [Read more...]

Powdery Mildew on my Veggies?! Practical Gardening Series

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Powdery mildew is a general name for a few different species of fungi that infect several ornamental plants, such as zinnias,Monarda, lilacs, and roses. It also affects vegetables and fruits, including beans, grapes, cucumbers, beets, melons, and squash to name a few. It can affect the flavor and reduce yields of some fruits and vegetables. [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests and all Missionaries

Holy Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of God, to you we turn. With your “yes” you have opened the door to the presence of Christ in the world, in history, and in souls, receiving in humble silence and total submission the appeal of the Most High. Grant that many men and women may know and hear, even [Read More...]

It’s Mud

"Muddy Hands", Michelle Bushnell Jones, Easter 2014

  Today I feel like a rock stuck in the mud. I’ve had a demanding strenuous few weeks and been unable to write much beyond compiled research. This morning I read a post by a fellow writer who shared her family’s muddy play. Happiness filled my office. Thoughts of  their fun with wet and slippery earth remind [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Lord Jesus Christ, watch over your missionary Sisters and Nuns who leave everything to give testimony to your word and your love. In difficult moments, sustain their energies, comfort their hearts, and crown their work with spiritual achievements. Let the image of you crucified on the Cross, which accompanies them throughout life, speak to them of [Read More...]

Flowers of the Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin was wrapped around the body of Jesus after it was taken down from the cross. Experts in the natural sciences began examining the shroud toward the end of the twentieth century. Botanical experts on the research team found the imprints of plants and grains of pollen that can serve as seasonal [Read More...]

Holy Thursday’s Prayer for Priests and Deacons

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Beloved Lord, grace your priests and deacons with endurance in these holy days filled with rituals and prayers. Guide them, strengthen them, uphold them through the work they must do in honor to your son Jesus, in honor to his Passion, in honor to all of us who in our suffering remember the sufferings of [Read More...]


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