Who Wants a Date?

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The houseplants in the upstairs hermitage needed watering. There aren’t as many as there used to be. As I now spend more time indoors as a writer, rather than outdoors as I once did being a gardener, I wanted sunlight streaming through the windows. The numerous houseplants I once had hoarded the light, so I [Read More...]

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Voluntary Poverty, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Let us pray for our Sisters and Nuns that as they embrace their consecrated life the vow of poverty is more fully lived. Upon entering this new life, letting go of material goods can be a challenge for some. Help them to release willingly the things in their possession—the sentimental things given in love, an [Read More...]

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How to Make a Rosary Garden in 10 Easy Steps

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Want to incorporate a rosary garden into an existing landscape? Here’s an easy way to line a walkway, enhance a garden bed, or circle a tree. 1–Purchase: 59-60, 4’-6’ bamboo stakes. You’ll want the poles tall enough for the beads to be seen among the plants and not hidden. 2–Purchase round plastic Christmas ornaments 53 for [Read More...]

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In Blizzards and Over Ice, Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Lord Hear Our Prayer, During this season of continued storms of snow and ice and freezing rain, in the relentless cold and winds that chill our bodies and our spirits, let us remember our priests. They too struggle with this weather. Not only to meet the demands of being a priest, they also ache in their [Read More...]

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Breaking Apart

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Many years ago I made small stained glass windows. The vibrancy of the material—its waves, ripples, and bubbles diffusing light—was a feast of color to the eyes. In workshops I learned how a small scratch directionally drawn would allow the glass to break in desired ways. I was fascinated by this breaking apart almost more [Read More...]

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Guard Them O Lord, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Our Loving Lord, hear us as we pray for our Sisters and Nuns. We pray that in their daily seeking, you come to them who serve you in patient hope. As they make an offering of themselves, you come to them who have pledged to you their poverty. In their carrying the burdens of our [Read More...]

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Tortellini Onion Soup

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His name was Bill, though William seemed to suite him better. He was not very tall, only about 5’ 6”, a bit overweight and prematurely balding. He had bright pale blue eyes that smiled from behind thick wire rimmed glasses. Bill was a man of fine mettle, and a friend of a friend’s husband. We [Read More...]

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Instruments of Grace, Prayer for Priests

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Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests. Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments. Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. Set their souls on fire with love for your people. Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps [Read More...]

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Bad Seed and Contaminated Food

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One of the small pleasures in my day is watching the birds, especially when praying a rosary. Their feeding at the window reminds me of the Bible verse about sparrows (Mt 10:29-31), and I am comforted in knowing God is at least as attentive to me as to his little brown birds. For this reason, [Read More...]

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Courage in the Calling, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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O Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, hear the prayers we offer for our Sisters and Nuns. Let them know clearly the work that You are calling them to do. Grant them every grace to answer Your call with courage, love, and a lasting dedication to Your will. We ask for our Blessed [Read More...]

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