Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns in Mosul and throughout Iraq

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Holy Mother of God, hear our prayers for the Sisters and Nuns in Mosul and throughout Iraq who remain in service as the hands of Christ to all those in need. Throughout history these consecrated and holy women have ministered to the sick, injured, and dying. Continue to give our Sisters and Nuns the courage [Read More...]

Prayer for Christians in Mosul and throughout Iraq

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Prayer for Christians in Mosul and throughout Iraq Lord God hear us as we pray, Mother Mary help us to persevere in our efforts, St. Michale protect us as we fight against the evil that threatens Christianity in Iraq.  Hear our prayers that the Christians in Mosul, and throughout the Middle East, who endure persecution, [Read More...]

Catcalls and All

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In the past few weeks I spent time outdoors helping a friend by doing light painting. He has offices at a very busy intersection outside of downtown. Out front is a wooden sign, about 8’ x 10’, installed several years ago. Like all things made of painted wood, it needs maintenance. Driving past one day [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Beloved Mother Mary, Pray with us this day for our Sisters and Nuns. In the face of unending need, let them not be discouraged but always serve with joy. Let their hearts, so often moved with pity, always reveal their devotion to your Son. May their faith in him help them to persevere through seemingly [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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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...]

Intimacy of a Name

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  She was a full-bodied woman and reminded me of Oprah, as Sophia, in the Color Purple. Her one eye watered and drooped much the same as that character. Her walk was a shambling gait of exhaustion. Her niece had brought her shopping for clothes. The three of us exchanged niceties among the racks of [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...]

Free Falling

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St. Benedict Monastery where I am preparing to become an Oblate is in Oxford, Michigan. The location of the monastery was chosen because of the land; glaciated hill country rising nearly 1,000 feet above the Great Lakes. It is the second highest point in Michigan, and on a clear day you could see Detroit fifty [Read More...]

Everything Went Dark

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It was another one of those sleepless nights. I was in my upstairs flat, a small three room living area, and decided to make some tea when the lights went out. It was pitch black, too dark for even shadows to fall. Groping and stubbing toes, I swept one hand back and forth in front [Read More...]


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