Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Throught the intercession of St. John Vianney (patron saint of 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, and help them to fall more deeply in love with you after each [Read More...]

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Allowing Love

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I was sitting in the nave of the church near the sanctuary. My friend’s final words, “allow yourself to be loved,” were printed on the front of her funeral leaflet. Just below is a picture of her on a trip she took to India, between scheduled bouts of chemotherapy. The photo shows her hugging her [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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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. [Read More...]

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Ladybug Blunder

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When the hibernating ladybugs appear on the inside of my window frames I know spring is just around the corner. These ferocious mini-carnivores are the darlings of my gardens. As a child I would tip the leaf they were crawling on so the ladybug would fall onto my soiled hand.  Then I would rotate my [Read More...]

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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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