The Virgin Mary and Shadows

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Do not be afraid?! Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB, considers the Virgin Mary’s wonder at the Incarnation, and Christmas. [Read more...]

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Christmas Traditions Out on the Farm

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Christmases around the world offer different traditions. Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB, shares a few that have to do with nature. [Read more...]

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Poverty of the Not-So-Obvious Poor

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Christmas is a special time set aside to help the poor. Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB, adds a few more folks to consider adding to your list. [Read more...]

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A Virgin’s Fear

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The angel appeared and said “Do not be afraid…” Some heavenly being popped up in front of me, I’d need calming down too! These words were spoken to Zechariah in Luke 1:13; and a few months later to Mary, Luke 1:30. Let’s never mind about St. John the Baptist’s father.  Consider only Mary for a [Read More...]

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Chestnuts at Christmas, 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...]

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Be Still and Shovel

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Restless and awake through the night, in bed under layers of quilts, I listed to the sleeping dog’s whimpering barks. The cat had realized that the dog’s sleep and my wakefulness was an opportunity for undisturbed cuddles. She chortled softly as she walked around the foot of the bed. She placed her front paws on [Read More...]

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Christmas Greens and Their Symbolism

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Last week’s post on the herb, rosemary, brought requests about other symbolisms of plants in our Christian traditions. The meanings of evergreens in the language of flowers will be new to some of you, and familiar to others who may have read this column before. During the Christmas holidays I love how the fragrance and beauty of [Read More...]

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Rosemary Dethrones Christmas Red!

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I thought it would be nice to share this blog from last year with all the new visitors to Morning Rose Prayer Gardens…and gently remind the rest of you of an alternative. Many of you know I’m on a mission to dethrone the poinsettia as the Christmas plant in Catholic homes and churches with the herb Rosemary [Read More...]

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School Bans Christmas Music

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This just makes me sad…the idiocy of it all. Todd Stames shares his views on a New Jersey school’s decision.  “The angels will not be allowed to hark their herald nor will the little Lord Jesus sleep on the hay after a New Jersey school district announced a ban on all religious Christmas music.” How [Read More...]

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Christmas Houseplants: Practical Gardening Series

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During the Christmas season poinsettias, Norfolk pines, Christmas cactus, cyclamen and rosemary are often purchased to decorate our homes or given as gifts.  Knowing how to care for these popular holiday plants can be a challenge. So for those of you with the not-so-green thumb, here are some basic care instructions. Poinsettia:  This is the [Read More...]

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