Mystical Magpies and St. Oda

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St. Oda of Scotland, c. 680 – c. 726 Feast day October 23rd Patron of Visually Impaired Association with Magpies St. Oda was a beautiful young woman who was born blind. Her family sent her to Liege, Belgium, on a pilgrimage and while praying at the graveside of St. Lambert she miraculously gained her sight. [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Look kindly Lord, on your priests, religious and laymen who left all to  witness to your word and your love. Be to each one of them a “powerful  protector and their strong support, their shade from the midday sun,  their shelter from the desert wind, a guard against stumbling, an  assurance against a fall…” (Ecc 34:19). [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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O lovely Mother Mary, Mother of Sisters and Nuns, take to your heart your daughters who are close to you because of their higher calling and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much. Be their comfort; be their joy; [Read More...]

Seeing Stars and the Holy Trinity

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I love apples! Seriously. Love them almost more than chocolate. Biting into a warm, crisp, just picked apple is only one step away from doing the same in summer with tomatoes. Living in Michigan, where apple production ranks number three in the States, the harvest of this fruit peaks in late September through early October. [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Lord, give us holy priests; You Yourself maintain them in holiness. O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power of Your mercy, O Lord, shatter and [Read More...]

Taking One Step When a Full Stride is too Much

Grandmother's Table, September 2013

Clearing Away (September 2008) I looked at my grandmother’s small kitchen table and found myself saddened by the mountainous mess. Boxes of soup broth that never made it to the basement pantry support crumpled paper bags and window curtain hardware. There were small jars of organic grapefruit juice, a pint of ammonia for the laundry, [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Divine Savior, Jesus Christ, who have entrusted your work of redemption to the priests, who take your place on earth, I offer you, through the hands of your most holy Mother, for the sanctification of your priests and future priests this whole day, all my prayers, works, joys, sacrifices and sufferings. Give us saintly priests. [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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O Jesus, our beloved Lord and Savior, hear our humble prayers on behalf of your Sisters and Nuns. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will constantly increase throughout the course of their holy life. In their loneliness, comfort them; In their sorrows, strengthen them; In their [Read More...]

Black Birds Landing

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A murder of crows swooped loud and large into the back yard. Their boisterous cawing drowned out the traffic noise from the other side of the house. The littler song birds flew away— in fear or possibly annoyance. Whatever morning peace existed departed with the winged invasion. The crows, and there were maybe twenty, landed [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Emmaus Prayer for Priests   Lord Jesus, hear our prayer For the spiritual renewal of priests. We praise you for giving their ministry to the Church. In these days renew them with the gifts of your Spirit.   You once opened the Scriptures To the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Now renew your ordained [Read More...]


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