Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

My God, I pray for all your priests and beseech you to sanctify them.  Let them love their sacrifice deeply so that they may live it lovingly. I beg you, grant them obedience, a spirit of detachment, a chastity which is constant and true, a spirit of self-denial, humility, sweetness, zeal and dedication. I beg [Read More...]

A Walk through the Gardens

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Quote, Equus Passage 7/16

We are all on a journey, mine is as a Benedictine Oblate. Not until a friend, Elizabeth Scalia, said “Go, look here…” did I find this path to becoming more of who I am. The following quote sets well: A mature contemplative is far more simple than any child or any novice, because theirs is [Read More...]

Lumen Fidei and a Tomato-red Day

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My grandmother passed away over a decade ago, but she gave me a bit of a nudge last Friday. I’d been doing small bursts of gardening over ten days and over did it. The doctor said ice, meds, and bed rest…I ended up being flat-out for four days. I felt perkier by Friday. Mid-morning I [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

On the memorial of St. Benedict, this prayer prayed in our time could have as easily been prayed in his: Father, be with the leaders of your flock in their needs today.  Help your Bishops and priests to interpret the Gospel message with clarity and urgency, witnessing in their own lives to the teaching and [Read More...]

A Walk through the Garden

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Quote for Equus Passage 7/9

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. ~John Southard This quote came by way of a friend, Terry Feuka. She is the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Resource Center Program Director and Media Specialist at St. Francis Retreat Center…and the best reference/library person ever! I’ve thrown her [Read More...]

Erosion

The foundational bricks of the statues had eroded like shale. Sheets had formed from freezing and thawing, and fallen away. An orange silt deposit had collected around their bases. It was a problem that needed resolution before the structure that held the twelve foot statues gave way. The St. Francis Garden Society raised the money [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and to act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving. We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal [Read More...]

A Walk through the Gardens

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The Northern Catalpa, sometimes called a Catawba tree, is primarily used today as a large ornamental shade tree–lovely flowers too!  Settlers planted Catalpa to produce fence posts…the wood is lightweight, and the heartwood is resistant to deterioration when placed in the ground. For these same reasons, railroad companies grew plantations of them for railroad ties [Read More...]


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