Silver Tree of Christmases Past

Harold and Margaret 1922

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...]

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...]

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...]

Walnuts, Thanksgiving, and A Garden Catechism

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Plant symbolism is prominent in religious art. Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB offers a small study on the catechism of plants. [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...]

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...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

O glorious Saint Joseph,who, on the word of the angel speaking to you in the night,put fear aside to take your Virgin Bride into your home,show yourself today the advocate and protector of priests.Protector of the Infant Christ,defend them against every attack of the enemy,preserve them from the dangers that surround themon every side.Remember Herod’s threats [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

In the speed of technology comes delays as well…its been one of those days with communication between computer and web site being a bit off-kilter. I nearly gave up being able to post a prayer, and realized that prayers, written or not, are still reliable with the Holy. And so a late, and simple prayer [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly lives. In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out [Read More...]


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