Darkness and Light, Catholic Photo Challenge

The Catholic Photo Challenge this week is about darkness and light. Most living things experience a passage from darkness to light. Whether it is in the womb of the body or the womb of the earth, germination takes place in the absence of light. A seed is planted in the dark soil, and with minimal effort [Read More…]

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Homesick

Summer is the time that many of us travel, leaving home for vacation. When I traveled, my eagerness was at its peak when I started out, but by the end of my trip I was just as eager to return home—and to my own bed. A few decades ago I would spend summers backpacking the [Read More…]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

We pray to you Our Lord for all missionary Sisters and Nuns as they work to build communities of faith in many lands, especially in the African nations, that they may share the courage of the Ugandan martyrs–St. Charles Lwanga and companions. Give strength and courage to our Sisters and Nuns to preach the Gospel [Read More…]

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Watering the Birds, Practical Gardening (with a video!)

Water is a necessity for all life. Birds need water for drinking and preening; it helps keep a bird’s body cool from the inside and out. Water baths remove dust, loose feathers, parasites and other debris from their plumage. Adding a water feature to your garden is an important element, and one of the quickest [Read More…]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Most Gracious Heavenly Father, We thank you for our faithful priests and bishops, whose spiritual fatherhood and example of fidelity, self-sacrifice, and devotion is so vital to the faith of your people. May our spiritual fathers be guided by the examples of Saints Peter and Paul, all the Apostles and their saintly successors. Give them [Read More…]

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A Peace, Ancient and Alive

After morning Mass at Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian Church—a 115 year old country parish—I decided to take a drive along farm lanes, through “God’s country.” The glow of having just received communion felt too fresh to not, in some way, continue the prayer. County roads here run straight and intersections at 90º a mile or [Read More…]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Heavenly Father, Today, once more, sow your words in the hearts of our Sisters and Nuns. Till patiently the soil of their souls so they may continue to be fruitful and bring to you a rich harvest. Let their nourished souls bring the Holy Spirit to nourish our lives. We ask all this in Jesus [Read More…]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Emmaus Prayer for Priests  Lord Jesus, hear our prayer For the spiritual renewal of priests. We praise you for giving their ministry to the Church. In these days renew them with the gifts of your Spirit.  You once opened the Scriptures To the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Now renew your ordained ministers With [Read More…]

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Catcalls and All

In the past few weeks I spent time outdoors helping a friend by doing light painting. He has offices at a very busy intersection outside of downtown. Out front is a wooden sign, about 8’ x 10’, installed several years ago. Like all things made of painted wood, it needs maintenance. Driving past one day [Read More…]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Precious Lord, We pray this day for our consecrated women that their sanctity continues to increase and that their communities continue to grow so that they may serve those who are in need. We pray that our Sisters and Nuns continue to see you in the least of humanity, but that they also see you [Read More…]

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