Rubbish with Attitude

I find November to be a transitional month—not quite past autumn and not yet winter. Skies are often filled with heavy dark-gray clouds that suddenly open into glorious sunlight, illuminating yellow leaves. The business of outdoor activities is ending, and the bustle of holiday celebrations is waiting to begin. This is the month when nature [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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. Help them to fall more deeply in love with you after each and every Mass that they celebrate.  Please strengthen our priests, who shepherd [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden

St. Joseph's Dream

This is one of my favorite pictures of a woodland statue, at the foot of Mary.             There was a heavy frost last night… a cardinal fluffed-up in the pine.   And its November, queue white Schlumbergera (Christmas Cactus). [Read more...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Heavenly Father, in your wisdom you have called  certain women a to a life of special consecration so that in prayerful observance of a lifestyle of poverty, celibacy and obedience, they might be witnesses to us of our true citizenship in heaven.  Give them, Lord, the grace of joy and perseverance in their holy vocation. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. [Read more...]

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The Fruit of Celibate Love

I’m still praying with the question from Lisa Hendy, of Catholicmom.com, about Conscious Celibacy and “saying yes to love.”  In a previous post I addressed being single and how celibacy is neither the object nor theme of my singleness—though love is. This question from Lisa about love’s expression and, I realized, inherent reception, stirred up [Read More...]

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Blooms of Mary’s Sword

iris closeup

I remember as a child the sweet fragrance and stunning colors of the species Iris germanica, commonly known as bearded iris or Mary’s Sword. I can still recall my first encounter with them. Walking home from kindergarten, I stopped in the middle of the sidewalk, inhaled a wave of fragrance, and, sniffing the air, followed my [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

red doors

O Jesus, Good Shepherd, who have come to save what was lost, you have established the priesthood of the Holy Church, so that the work of Redemption might be perpetuated. We ask you urgently: send laborers into your vineyard!  Give your Holy Church worthy and holy priests. Give your Holy Church religious brothers and sisters. Grant [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden

snow 2

The walk this week was at the retreat center. We had a dusting of snow.               The Garden Society’s Christmas gathering and pot luck on Tuesday was also my retiring as their coordinator. It was a lovely gathering–more on that come Friday. These are the flowers that one of the [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

St. Michael the Archangel, continue to guard our holy women from the lies of the devil. Let them not doubt their efforts to be the hands of Christ in a world that devalues the lessons He taught. Keep them free from anxieties and fears so they may continue to grow in the peace that only [Read More...]

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Celibate Free for All

I find it fascinating that the central question to being single is focused on the genital expression of love, and lack there of—celibacy.  Celibacy is neither the object nor theme of my singleness—though love is. To make a decision to be celibate implies sex is something to be surrendered, a giving up to God. I [Read More...]

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