Celibate Free for All

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I find it fascinating that the central question to being single is focused on the genital expression of love, and lack there of—celibacy.  Celibacy is neither the object nor theme of my singleness—though love is. To make a decision to be celibate implies sex is something to be surrendered, a giving up to God. I [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Almighty, Eternal God, look upon the face of  your Son and for love of him, who is the Eternal High  Priest, have pity on your  priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Gentle Mother, Queen of Heaven, hear our prayers for our Sisters and Nuns. That in communion with you and all the saints, the least of their acts done in charity will rebound to the profit of all. Encourage and guide them in all that they do, and protect their souls locked in human frailness. We ask all [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O my  Jesus, I beg you on behalf of the whole Church, grant it love and the  light of your Spirit and give power to the words of priests so that  hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to you, O  Lord. Lord, give us holy priests. You yourself maintain them in holiness. O Divine [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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  Precious Jesus, hear our prayers for our Sisters and Nuns. Strengthen them in their hope and increase their confidence of what is unseen. Grant that they will continue to progress in your love and that all their endeavors done in your name succeed for the good of all they serve. Amen [Read more...]

Vibrancy and Dormancy

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I’d driven to an area where Sandhill Cranes often stop to rest during their winter migration. Not too far away was an open and dry fen dressed in its autumn blonde and gold. At its lowest point a small brook meanders past poplars, scrubby shrubs, and wild grasses. This little tributary turns into a full [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Most loving Jesus and our Lord, who have redeemed the world at the price of your Most Precious Blood, look mercifully on poor mankind, which in a greater part, lies in the darkness of error and in the shadow of death.  Shine on it the fullness of the light of truth. Multiply, Lord, the apostles [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Beloved Mother Mary, Take the hand of your daughters, our Sisters and Nuns, and guide them to remain outside their personal wants and to desire only the repose in your son’s loving arms. Help them to place their hearts in his eternal joy, and protect these holy women when the hardness of this world tries to [Read More...]

Increments of Evil

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I wrote about how both God and Satan work incrementally. Not so long ago I came upon this quote in the book, Song of the Sparrow by Murray Bodo, OFM: We drift away from God so easily; not fast but easily. And before we know it, we are far downstream from God trying desperately to break our [Read More...]

Feeling of Skin

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It was an early autumn morning at the retreat center and I was walking through the back meadow in the pre-dawn light. Even with the hood of my bright-blue—Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious—sweatshirt scrunched up around my neck, I felt a slight chill and shivered; my pant legs and shoes were wet from the morning dew. [Read More...]


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