How to Make a Prayer Box for your Marian Garden, or Any Prayer Garden

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We often take mini retreats into our gardens for a moment of quiet in which to pray. When I’m in the garden for times of prayer I like to have sacramentals available— rosary, incense, journal, or other items. Creating a box to keep them at hand is an easy and fun project. You can decorate [Read More...]

St. John Baptist de la Salle, Pray with Us for Our Sisters and Nuns

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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. John Baptist de la Salle, patron of teachers. It is our Sisters and Nuns who, through their efforts as teachers, plant the [Read More...]

St. Faustina, Pray with Us for Priests, Divine Mercy

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O my Jesus, I beg you on behalf of the whole Church, grant it love and the light of your Spirit and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to you, O Lord. Lord, give us holy priests.  You yourself maintain them in holiness.  [Read More...]

Serving when the Task Seems Insurmountable, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Beloved Mother Mary, Pray with us this day for our Sisters and Nuns. In the face of unending need, let them not be discouraged but always serve with joy. Let their hearts, so often moved with pity, always reveal their devotion to your Son. May their faith in him help them to persevere through seemingly [Read More...]

An Appeal through Mother Mary to Pray for Priests

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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 [Read More...]

Top 5 Flowers of the Annunciation

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The flowers associated with the Annunciation represent in varied ways the spiritual fruit of the event—purity of heart, humility, fruitfulness, and The Mother of God. The Annunciation to Mary found in Luke 1:26-39 and Matthew 1:18-21, is not only recognized by Roman and Eastern Catholics, but is also recorded in the Qur’an. We read in [Read More...]

Being Mortal, Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Our Lord and God, Hear us as we pray. Guard our Sisters and Nuns in your unceasing mercy, and since without you mortal humanity is sure to fall, may they be kept from all harm by your constant help and be directed to all that brings salvation. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen. (Image by [Read More...]

Gardening Gift Basket Give-away as Spring Begins

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Its here! It’s the official first day of spring and the launch of my newest book A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac: Cultivating your Faith throughout the Year. It has been a joy to create this book and work with the folks at Ave Maria Press. I would like to share that joy with you by [Read More...]

Saint Joseph Prayer for Priests

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We pray to you St. Joseph to guide and strengthen our priests that they may model your fidelity. In their uncertainty let them be attentive to Our Lord for guidance as you were. Let our priests teach and lead us with as confident a heart as yours. Let our priests hold as lovingly in their [Read More...]

How to Grow a Garden with Fortitude, 3 of the Best Plants!

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Christians can express their faith in nearly limitless ways in a garden setting. Continuing with the theme of A Virtuous Garden, here are some of the aspects of the third cardinal virtue—fortitude. You can find the other columns for prudence here, and justice here. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1808: Fortitude is the [Read More...]


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