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...]

St. Patrick Pray for Our Missionary Sisters and Nuns

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St. Patrick was a great missionary, and a beloved patron saint. On this his feast day, let us ask him to pray with us as intercessor for our missionary sisters and nuns. Lord Jesus, watch over your missionary women–those brave sisters and nuns dispersed throughout our world–who leave everything to give testimony to your word and [Read More...]

Laetare Sunday and Hard Rocks

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We’ve passed Laetare Sunday, the fourth week of Lent, and still I’ve not been able to adhere to its disciplines: fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. My usual prayer and abstinence routines are securely in place. It is the extras, so important to this spiritual season of faith, that are lacking. The other morning after Lauds and [Read More...]

What 3 plants to grow for Justice

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There is so much more to spiritually uplifting gardens than a statue of a saint or a cross strategically placed in the yard with a few petunias coloring up the base. Catholic gardeners can express their faith in nearly limitless ways in a garden setting. This is the second in a series of blog posts [Read More...]

In the Sicknesses that Pierce the Heart, Pray for Sisters and Nuns

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Beloved Mother Mary, we ask that you enter the hearts of our Sisters and Nuns and console them in their sickness.  Give them strength to face the sicknesses that pierce our bodies: cancers, viruses, the diseases of heart and lungs. Give them courage to face the illnesses that impair our minds and rob us of [Read More...]

Shepherding the Shepherds, Praying for Priests

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Eternal God, Please bless our priests, who represent you on this earth. Make them more greatly aware of the grace that you pour out through them when they minister the sacraments, and help them to fall more deeply in love with you after each and every Mass that they celebrate. Please strengthen our priests, who [Read More...]

How to Grow 3 Plants for Prudence

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Prayer gardens are focused on any number of spiritually uplifting themes. They includes more than the eternally beloved Marian garden. Why not a garden that reflects the virtues? According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, there are four cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. There are also three theological virtues: faith, hope, and [Read More...]

In Their Frustration, We Pray for Sisters and Nuns

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Merciful Jesus, our beloved Lord and Savior, hear our humble prayers on behalf of your Sisters and Nuns. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will constantly increase throughout the course of their holy life. In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their [Read More...]


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