Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Our Lady of Fatima instill in our Sisters and Nuns the confidence and perseverance to do the will of your son, Jesus. Let them be a refuge to the poor and the needy in distress. Let them offer a place of shelter for the wearied soul. Let them be the hands and heart of your son [Read More...]

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The Drama of Hydrangeas, Practical Gardening Series

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It’s hard to beat the beauty of the big late-summer blooms of hydrangeas. With multiple cultivars on the market, with impressive fall leaf color and diverse bloom sets, the options for your garden are many. Hydrangeas are a sturdy shrub and most require little care but light pruning. And since hydrangeas are terminal bloomers, flowering [Read More...]

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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...]

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A Deep Breath in Dappled Water

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The past two weeks have been busy…so much so that I’ve not had time to write. There were an MRI and doctor appointments, contractors and an unexpected plumber. After which, within the following five days, I had two presentations and a conference. It was Tuesday, the last presentation over, about an hour away from home, [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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O Immaculate Virgin, help remove from the hearts of our holy women any reluctance to giving themselves fully to God. Keep them from being immersed in the things of earth. Teach them how pure their hearts ought to be, so that they will never refuse anything to the Lord, and will always be able to [Read More...]

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Some Flowers for a Happy 5th Anniversary Patheos!

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Sending you flowers for the big day! Wishing the Patheos team God’s choicest blessings for all the times they’ve left the rest of us so blessed. (wait for it)       [Read more...]

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Irises in the Garden, Practical Gardening Series

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Irises have been a favorite perennial since childhood. They began my gardening and were there when I retired from working the grounds at St. Francis Retreat Center. Over the years I have come to love the wide assortment of Iris germanica. From the earliest blooming dwarfs  to the big boys late in the season. Bearded [Read More...]

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Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Saint Joseph, I present to you this day Father ________, priest of Jesus Christ, and beg you to be to him advocate and defender, counselor and friend. Open your heart to him as you opened your home to the Virgin Mother in her hour of need. Protect his holy priesthood as you protected the life [Read More...]

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Google Bans Pro-life Ads

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I usually don’t post things not of gardens. But gardens are about life and this isn’t. WORLD reports: Google goaded into purging pro-life ads: Popular search engine allegedly removes ‘deceptive’ pregnancy center ads at pro-abortion group’s prompting NARAL Pro-Choice America has been pecking at Google to remove “deceptive” advertisements placed by crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) [Read More...]

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A Muddy Situation

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I was walking a river path in the northern third of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. My rubber half-boots made sucking sounds when, avoiding puddles, I walked on the soggy chartreuse grass. The thaw had left the ground and spring rains melted the earth. It was mud season. Near the end of my trek, on the low [Read More...]

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