Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Almighty, Eternal God, look upon the face of your Son and for the love of him, who is the Eternal High Priest, have pity on your priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them [Read More...]

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No Escape

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I don’t know how to manage this, how to process the intrusive images hammering my consciousness. Being prone to nightmares I am careful about what I read and watch. Having battled with PTSD—though I’m not so sure it can ever be said in a past-tense—I have been trained to recognize potential triggers and disarm anxieties. [Read More...]

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Ornamental Grasses, How to Prune: Practical Gardening Series

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Ornamental grasses are a beautiful garden element; they make a statement in almost any garden with their mass, texture and movement. During the winter season they add interest to a relatively monochromatic landscape. Ornamental grasses can become unsightly as spring draws near. The smaller leaved varieties turn into floppy mounds lying on the ground and [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Look kindly Lord, on your priests, religious and laymen who left all to witness to your word and your love. Be to each one of them a “powerful protector and their strong support, their shade from the midday sun, their shelter from the desert wind, a guard against stumbling, an assurance against a fall…” (Ecc [Read More...]

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Grandmother’s Violin

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The black leather case hinges and latch were stiff and flaky with rust. Inside was my grandmother’s violin. The case had been unearthed during the archeological dig in my basement that began in February. I was reluctant to open the case. I didn’t want to know if mildew had grown inside. For over thirty years, [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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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...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Mary, Mother of Jesus you were with Jesus at the beginning of His life and mission. You stood beside Jesus when He was lifted on the cross and gave His life for all. We ask you now to be with our priests, who give themselves in service to God’s people. Intercede for them that [Read More...]

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Why Catholic?!

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It’s Easter and I’ve been asked why I am Catholic. For me there is no other religion that allows such intimacy with the Creator—in whichever person as God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit I choose to draw near—or more liberating. At any time I can go to the Adoration chapel and sit, face to face, with Our Lord physically present [Read More...]

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Who Was That Man in Luke 22?

The Betrayal of Christ, Jacopo Bassano

On Palm Sunday we heard the Gospel reading from Luke 22:47-51 about the angry mob coming for Jesus. There is one man in the mob that has always held my attention; the priest’s slave. I imagine hearts quickened with adrenalin, eyes widened, and mouths ran dry with fear or anger. In front was Judas leading [Read More...]

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Dappled Things

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I am hungry for spring, for the scent of black loamy soil, for the sight of yellow-green tips of hardy bulbs, for the return of determined blue-birds and argumentative red-winged blackbirds. I long to feel the warmth from sunlight on the smooth bark of poplars and willows, to draw down the tips of budding trees [Read More...]

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