A Walk in the Garden

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The transformation in my gardens in the past two years has been one of lightening the workload. I’ve grown a bit more accustomed to the spaciousness of a small yard without voluptuous flower beds. In the smallness of it all beauty is more precise, less grand. My photography skills are minimal, but I try to [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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In the light of the disturbing and often exaggerated and false reporting news about Tuam, Ireland’s deceased children, that caused a firestorm of confusion and grief, let us pray for our Sisters and Nuns who are caring for the unwanted children in our world. Our Lady of Guadalupe, we pray that you give strength and perseverance [Read More...]

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Don’t You Forget About Me

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Erin McCole Cupp has a delightful fun summer read, the mystery, Don’t You Forget About Me, from Full Quiver Publishing. (And free on Kindle, now through Thursday 6/12!) Here is a brief synopsis:  Mary Catherine Whelihan made it out of Walkerville alive once before. Can she pull it off this time? Bullies, sexual harassment, finding a corpse in the local [Read More...]

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What, Then.

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What, then. When walks are not relieving, More a long distance pace Up and back. When anti-anything meds do not work, When rosaries, and prayer requests, And offering-ups are not enough, What then?   When the ache to feel The love of Our Lord, Embrace of Mary’s arms, Lifted by the Holy Spirit, Or wrapped [Read More...]

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Celery Stubs, Practical Gardening Fun

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Celery is part of nearly every day in my kitchen. It gets chopped in most cooking, filled with Gorgonzola dolce or peanut butter, dipped in cheesy horseradish spread, or just snacked on with a little salt. I’ve grown celery from plants bought from a local greenhouse and never been satisfied with the results. The other [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, anointed them, filled them with the [Read More...]

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Darkness and Light, Catholic Photo Challenge

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The Catholic Photo Challenge this week is about darkness and light. Most living things experience a passage from darkness to light. Whether it is in the womb of the body or the womb of the earth, germination takes place in the absence of light. A seed is planted in the dark soil, and with minimal effort [Read More...]

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Homesick

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Summer is the time that many of us travel, leaving home for vacation. When I traveled, my eagerness was at its peak when I started out, but by the end of my trip I was just as eager to return home—and to my own bed. A few decades ago I would spend summers backpacking the [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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We pray to you Our Lord for all missionary Sisters and Nuns as they work to build communities of faith in many lands, especially in the African nations, that they may share the courage of the Ugandan martyrs–St. Charles Lwanga and companions. Give strength and courage to our Sisters and Nuns to preach the Gospel [Read More...]

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Watering the Birds, Practical Gardening (with a video!)

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Water is a necessity for all life. Birds need water for drinking and preening; it helps keep a bird’s body cool from the inside and out. Water baths remove dust, loose feathers, parasites and other debris from their plumage. Adding a water feature to your garden is an important element, and one of the quickest [Read More...]

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