Regifting, Nobody Knows

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By mid-January we have settled into our usual routines. The Christmas season has ended, the nativity is packed away until the next First Sunday of Advent, most of the pine needles are vacuumed out of the carpet, and the presents have been incorporated in our daily lives. The gifts I received this year were remarkably [Read More...]

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Naiveté of a New Life, Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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When the decision is made to progress into a new way of life, the associated fear of the unknown can halt our movement. Sometimes we are faced with our own naiveté when we discover that we don’t even know what we don’t know. And though we’ve prayed, and sought advice from those more experienced, only [Read More...]

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Sweet Corn Chowder and Friday Suppers

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For me, this soup is the ultimate in comfort food. It is smooth and creamy, heavy on the carbs and sweetened by the corn. My grandmother also liked it for its ease of preparation—especially on meatless Fridays. When I was a young adult and still residing at my widowed grandmother’s home, we shared busy though [Read More...]

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Rule of St. Benedict and Prayer for Priests

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Today’s reading in the Rule of St. Benedict states for the monastery Abbott:   Let him who know, then, that he who has undertaken the government of souls must prepare himself to render an account of them…he may be sure beyond a doubt that on Judgment Day he will have to give to the Lord an [Read More...]

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Prayers and Praise Rose and Fell

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Sitting in my oratory, I finished the Salve Regina prayer. I then looked from the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe out the window at a gray winter’s morning. I felt heavy that morning, down, and I didn’t know why. Kissing the blue millefiori rosary in my hand, I returned it to the porcelain dish, [Read More...]

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Illuminate, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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God that lights our way, we ask that you hear us as we offer prayers for our Sisters and Nuns. That in their work at the motherhouse or away from their convent, you illumine their choices by the light of the Gospel. In all their dealings with loved ones or strangers, you enlighten their hearts [Read More...]

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Fighting Depression with a Winter’s Soup

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As an avid vegetable gardener I have often kept a root cellar, or something similar, for storing harvested produce. In one house it was literally a hand dug portion of the basements exposed to tree roots and in another a fieldstone basement. Putting food by just seems like a natural progression for those of us [Read More...]

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Perseverance in Seminarians, Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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  Lord Jesus, once you called the first disciples in order to make them fishers of men.  Continue to let resound today your sweet invitation:  “Come and follow Me.” Grant to young men the grace of responding promptly to your voice. Sustain our bishops, priests and consecrated souls in their apostolic work.  Give perseverance to [Read More...]

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Who has the Map?

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Journeys—Mary and Joseph’s, the wise men, Jesus’ cousin John, and Jesus himself. In the past few weeks everybody we read about in the Bible is on a journey following a path—and probably prayed to remain watchful on a course laden with misdirection. I was 28 in 1982. This picture was taken while we waited at the [Read More...]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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  Come Holy Spirit and guide our Sisters and Nuns in the formation of new communities. In their venture let them be free of the anxieties that distance them from trusting God to provide.  Help deepen their confidence in one another during uncertain times. In humility let them feel Christ’s presence in all that they [Read More...]

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