Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Mary, Mother of Jesus you were with Jesus at the beginning of His life and mission. You stood beside Jesus when He was lifted on the cross and gave His life for all. We ask you now to be with our priests, who give themselves in service to God’s people. Intercede for them that [Read More...]

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Why Catholic?!

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It’s Easter and I’ve been asked why I am Catholic. For me there is no other religion that allows such intimacy with the Creator—in whichever person as God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit I choose to draw near—or more liberating. At any time I can go to the Adoration chapel and sit, face to face, with Our Lord physically present [Read More...]

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Who Was That Man in Luke 22?

The Betrayal of Christ, Jacopo Bassano

On Palm Sunday we heard the Gospel reading from Luke 22:47-51 about the angry mob coming for Jesus. There is one man in the mob that has always held my attention; the priest’s slave. I imagine hearts quickened with adrenalin, eyes widened, and mouths ran dry with fear or anger. In front was Judas leading [Read More...]

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Dappled Things

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I am hungry for spring, for the scent of black loamy soil, for the sight of yellow-green tips of hardy bulbs, for the return of determined blue-birds and argumentative red-winged blackbirds. I long to feel the warmth from sunlight on the smooth bark of poplars and willows, to draw down the tips of budding trees [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Most loving Jesus and our Lord, who have redeemed the world at the price of your Most Precious Blood, look mercifully on poor mankind, which in a greater part, lies in the darkness of error and in the shadow of death.  Shine on it the fullness of the light of truth.  Multiply, Lord, the apostles [Read More...]

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A Heavy Snow

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I am eager to get out and walk the grounds at the retreat center with the garden society volunteers. This group of dedicated women and I have been together for many years. Ten years ago when I began the mission to create gardens of prayer and memorial on the campus, I had not anticipated a [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Lord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for OUR needs. We pray for them in THEIR needs. We know that You have made them priests in the likeness of your own priesthood. You have consecrated them, set them aside, annointed them, filled them with the [Read More...]

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Medicaid Burn: Spend Down What?

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They called it “Spend-Down.” The Department of Human Services said this is how it works: “Some people have too much income to qualify for Medicaid. This amount is called excess income. Some of these people may qualify for Medicaid if they spend the excess income on medical bills first. This is called Spend Down” Disability [Read More...]

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Starting Seeds Part 2: Practical Gardening Series

Photo by Marmar, 2012

In my February 22nd column, Starting Seeds Indoors Part 1, I talked about how to begin growing seeds indoors. I mentioned timing, containers and potting mix, light, temperature and watering. Let’s continue with the care of seedlings after germination has taken place and the first two leaves, called cotyledons, have emerged. Your plastic covering is now removed [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your Most Sacred Heart, where none can touch them.  Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch your Sacred Body.  Keep unsullied their lips daily tinged with your Precious Blood.  Keep pure and unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.  [Read More...]

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