7 Easy Steps to Bringing Flowers Indoors, Practical Gardening

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From spring forsythia branches to fall garden mums I bring the beauty and fragrance of my garden into the house. Some arrangements are minimalistic and modern while others are full and robust, looking very much like a 16th century Dutch painting. Either way, they grace my desk, home altar, or table—sometimes I take them to a [Read More...]

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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...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns (a wee bit late)

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Earlier this week a storm roared through with wind shears and explosive lightening, and power went out for nearly three days. I realized how important others are in our lives when we are in need. My neighbors were pretty much self sufficient with their generators growling through the hours. But what of those who when [Read More...]

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Shoring Up a Broken Faith

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The extraordinary Synod of Bishops convening this October will be discussing the family. The 2013 survey of Catholics revealed that people are confused about what the Church teaches about families and that the function and purpose of family life is not clearly understood, more so when parents are not the same faiths. When I was [Read More...]

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Filling those Bare Spots, Practical Gardening

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The gardening season is well underway. It’s the time of year when bare spots show up in the garden. Not only bare spots where the bulbs and poppies use to be, but you may have an area of winter-killed perennials or maybe the transplanted seedlings you started never took. There are several ways of filling [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Sacred Heart of Jesus, Eternal High Priest, let Your love flow into the hearts of your priests and transform them into living images of You. By Your grace, make them true apostles of Your Sacred Heart. I pray for the fulfillment of the promise You made to St. Margaret Mary: “I will give to priests [Read More...]

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To Stand in Wait

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Over the years I’ve learned to not turn away from dark nights and to accept the journey inward as a journey towards God. By entering fully into them is to come out the other side sooner. The intense darkness of some of those episodes can, at times, push me over the edge of human limits and [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Eucharistic Jesus, We do not know, as the seed, what will be made of us. Help our Sisters and Nuns to accept this unknowing as a blessing to trust in Divine Will. Guide them through their growing, their journey to be fruit, harvested and consumed for the purpose of brining souls to you. Give them [Read More...]

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Water Wise, Practical Gardening

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The heat of summer, especially in July and August, increases the challenges of maintaining a garden. You will need to pay attention to your plants’ need for watering. If you have mulched your garden, pull it away from the plant and check the soil for dampness before you water.  Push your finger into the ground [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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 A novena, starting today, is to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Some of you know about www.praymorenovenas.com. You can visit the website and sign up to receive the daily prayers for the novena. Pray without ceasing made easy.  The Feast of the Sacred Heart has also been established by Pope Saint John Paul II as [Read More...]

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