Portobello and Beans Vegetarian Chili, Meatless Friday

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The Garden Society at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan, had many volunteers and a core group of five women. The society began in 2005 and continues to this day. I retired from the group in 2013, leaving it in the competent hands of the dedicated Master Gardener, Ann. The garden society’s goal was [Read More...]

Pro-life, and Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, we pray that you give strength and perseverance to our priests and deacons as they continue their work for the dignity of life. We pray that your compassion infuses their hearts as they minister to post-abortive parents, and all those sorrowing who have in some way, by their actions or inactions, been [Read More...]

Regifting, Nobody Knows

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By mid-January we have settled into our usual routines. The Christmas season has ended, the nativity is packed away until the next First Sunday of Advent, most of the pine needles are vacuumed out of the carpet, and the presents have been incorporated in our daily lives. The gifts I received this year were remarkably [Read More...]

Naiveté of a New Life, Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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When the decision is made to progress into a new way of life, the associated fear of the unknown can halt our movement. Sometimes we are faced with our own naiveté when we discover that we don’t even know what we don’t know. And though we’ve prayed, and sought advice from those more experienced, only [Read More...]

Sweet Corn Chowder and Friday Suppers

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For me, this soup is the ultimate in comfort food. It is smooth and creamy, heavy on the carbs and sweetened by the corn. My grandmother also liked it for its ease of preparation—especially on meatless Fridays. When I was a young adult and still residing at my widowed grandmother’s home, we shared busy though [Read More...]

Rule of St. Benedict and Prayer for Priests

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Today’s reading in the Rule of St. Benedict states for the monastery Abbott:   Let him who know, then, that he who has undertaken the government of souls must prepare himself to render an account of them…he may be sure beyond a doubt that on Judgment Day he will have to give to the Lord an [Read More...]

Prayers and Praise Rose and Fell

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Sitting in my oratory, I finished the Salve Regina prayer. I then looked from the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe out the window at a gray winter’s morning. I felt heavy that morning, down, and I didn’t know why. Kissing the blue millefiori rosary in my hand, I returned it to the porcelain dish, [Read More...]

Illuminate, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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God that lights our way, we ask that you hear us as we offer prayers for our Sisters and Nuns. That in their work at the motherhouse or away from their convent, you illumine their choices by the light of the Gospel. In all their dealings with loved ones or strangers, you enlighten their hearts [Read More...]

Fighting Depression with a Winter’s Soup

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As an avid vegetable gardener I have often kept a root cellar, or something similar, for storing harvested produce. In one house it was literally a hand dug portion of the basements exposed to tree roots and in another a fieldstone basement. Putting food by just seems like a natural progression for those of us [Read More...]

Perseverance in Seminarians, Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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  Lord Jesus, once you called the first disciples in order to make them fishers of men.  Continue to let resound today your sweet invitation:  “Come and follow Me.” Grant to young men the grace of responding promptly to your voice. Sustain our bishops, priests and consecrated souls in their apostolic work.  Give perseverance to [Read More...]


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