Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Jesus, Eternal Pontiff, Good Shepherd and Fountain of life, who by the special goodness of your Most Sweet Heart, have given us priests to fulfill in us the designs of sanctification which your grace inspires in our hearts, we ask you: come to their aid with the assistance of your mercy. O Jesus, may [Read More...]

Silver Tree of Christmases Past

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A story, one of the few, of family. It was written a while ago–my week has been hectic–and I pray you will enjoy it again. My grandparents were born in 1896 and 1901. Their families immigrated to Detroit when they were teenagers. She had planned to become a nun, and he had graduated from Michigan State [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Lord God, hear our prayers for Sisters and Nuns called to serve us in your name. During this Advent season we ask that you continue to fill their minds with wonder, their hearts with love, and their souls with the desire to share your light in our dulled and darkened world. Grace them to persevere [Read More...]

Beauty Entering Winter

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The snow was yet thin on the lawn, and the gusts of wind kept birds from flight. Even the feeder remained unattended. I watched the squalls swirl past my windows. The cloud breaks to the west allowed the sun’s light to tint the falling snow. Outside the winter-white storm turned a delicate coral. The hermitage [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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My day is not starting off well. The furnace has stopped working and its really old. The plumber t00 is coming because, well, plumbing issues. The house is cold, the pipes are even colder, and winter has just begun. Let us pray for our priests who also struggle in the cold, that their dwellings remain warm [Read More...]

Impenetrability and Stagnant Love

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The morning was dense with fog—the kind of fog so thick you can taste it when you breathe. Even stepping off the porch would be an act of faith. I would be lost between the car and the door. Rather than go into the unknown—well, to the mail box—I went back to my rooms. This [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns and the Grace of Yes

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Heavenly Father, in your wisdom you have called certain women to a life of special consecration so that in prayerful observance of a lifestyle of poverty, chaste celibacy and obedience, they might be witnesses to us that, our true citizenship is in heaven. That our eternity lies in saying yes to you in our lives.  Give [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Eternal God, We pray that you bless our priests, who represent you on this earth. Make them more greatly aware of the  grace that you pour out through them when they minister the sacraments. Help them to fall more deeply in love with you after each and every Mass that they celebrate.  Please strengthen our priests, who [Read More...]

Seeds of Wisdom from Saints and Curious Sinners

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It’s one of my procrastination techniques. I need to get blog posts written before I get a project back from my editor that’ll need all my attention. Instead, I’m rummaging. It began innocently enough. The little cubbies of my desk were stuffed, layered with dust and tiny paper tabs from spiral notebooks that looked like [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Mother Mary, Our holy women are flesh as we are flesh, heart and souls with emotions and doubts. When faced with hardships guide them to turn to your Son and recognize the adversity and pain in his holy perseverance. When they doubt the strength to endure the sadness that weakens the knees and clouds the mind, wrap them [Read More...]


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