Gardener’s Gift Basket Give Away, Only Three Days to Drawing!

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Its here! 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 offering a special gift. I’ve put together a basket that includes [Read More...]

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A Spring Resurrection, Flowers Rising

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Here they come, the woodland plants. Its the one garden that remains in my yard–Mary’s Garden. Because of arthritis, the rest of the flower beds were torn down since I couldn’t keep up with the maintenance. I loved the exaggeration of spring, the sultry textures of late summer, the riotous autumn. But now…well its the time for a [Read More...]

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Defending the Ideals of Easter, Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Beloved Mother Mary, Mother of Sisters and Nuns, take to your heart your daughters who are close to you because of their higher calling and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much. In this holy season of Easter be [Read More...]

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Cardinal Cushing’s Prayer for Priests

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O Almighty, Eternal God, look upon the Face of your Son and for 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 by [Read More...]

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How to Make a Prayer Box for your Marian Garden, or Any Prayer Garden

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We often take mini retreats into our gardens for a moment of quiet in which to pray. When I’m in the garden for times of prayer I like to have sacramentals available— rosary, incense, journal, or other items. Creating a box to keep them at hand is an easy and fun project. You can decorate [Read More...]

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St. John Baptist de la Salle, Pray with Us for Our Sisters and Nuns

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O God, you are beauty and wisdom, mystery and love. Touch the hearts of your Sisters and Nuns to flame for you and for your Church through the prayer and example of St. John Baptist de la Salle, patron of teachers. It is our Sisters and Nuns who, through their efforts as teachers, plant the [Read More...]

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St. Faustina, Pray with Us for Priests, Divine Mercy

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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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Serving when the Task Seems Insurmountable, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Beloved Mother Mary, Pray with us this day for our Sisters and Nuns. In the face of unending need, let them not be discouraged but always serve with joy. Let their hearts, so often moved with pity, always reveal their devotion to your Son. May their faith in him help them to persevere through seemingly [Read More...]

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An Appeal through Mother Mary to Pray for Priests

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Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of God, to you we turn. With your “yes” you have opened the door to the presence of Christ in the world, in history and in souls, receiving in humble silence and total submission the appeal of the Most High. Grant that many men and women may know [Read More...]

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Top 5 Flowers of the Annunciation

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The flowers associated with the Annunciation represent in varied ways the spiritual fruit of the event—purity of heart, humility, fruitfulness, and The Mother of God. The Annunciation to Mary found in Luke 1:26-39 and Matthew 1:18-21, is not only recognized by Roman and Eastern Catholics, but is also recorded in the Qur’an. We read in [Read More...]

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