I’m Having Trouble with Penance

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I am always eager for Lent to begin, literally so for the lengthening of days, and also for the increase of Light in my soul.  It was during those holy weeks before Easter that significant life changes occurred. The most recent event was becoming a Benedictine oblate. In years past my offerings to God were [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Dear Lord we pray, Guard your Sisters and Nuns in your unceasing mercy, and since without you mortal humanity is sure to fall, may they be kept from all harm by your constant help, and be directed to all that brings salvation. We ask this in Jesus name, amen.   [Read more...]

After Glow

Signing Formula of Oblation with Prior

My final oblation was at hand. That night at vespers I would lay my heart and all my will upon the altar. My joy was boundless and barely kept in check. I cried as I prayed lauds, overwhelmed with love. I wanted desperately to commit “for the rest of my life” to service of God [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Jesus, Good Shepherd, raise up in all parish communities, priests and deacons, religious, consecrated lay people and missionaries according to the needs of the whole world, which you love and want to save. We entrust to you in a particular way our parish community; create in it the spiritual atmosphere of the first Christians [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Beloved Mother Mary, we ask that you enter the hearts of our Sisters and Nuns and console them in their sickness.  Give them strength to face the sicknesses that pierce our bodies: cancers, viruses, the diseases of heart and lungs. Give them courage to face the illnesses that impair our minds and rob us of [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 [Read More...]

Benedictine Cross Kerfuffle

Rodney Campbell, St. Benedict Monastery, Cloister, Oxford, MI

Nine months before my final profession as a Benedictine Oblate, I began the search for the crucifix I would wear for the rest of my life—the crucifix that would accompany me into the grave. Growing up I had always wanted to be a nun, not a Sister. I ached to be a nun who wore [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Merciful 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...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Lord Hear Our Prayer, During this season of continued storms of snow and ice and freezing rain, in the relentless cold and winds that chill our bodies and our spirits, let us remember our priests. They too struggle with this weather. Not only to meet the demands of being a priest, they also ache in [Read More...]

Dyed Orchids and Dying to Self

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In the west window atop the stairs are shelves for growing houseplants, one being a white phalaenopsis orchid. I am drawn to the simple elegance of its white flowers along a gently arching stem. Shopping at Meijer’s a few days ago I walked through the florist section. On a three tiered table were white orchids [Read More...]


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