Hope Filled Art of Pruning

Travis Tree

I love to prune. It’s like art to me, a hope filled art. Each cut is intended to produce either a directional growth, to form and shape hardwoods for beauty, or to enhance the bearing of fruit. Sometimes with ornamental trees a whole section of limb that rubs against another will need to be removed, allowing [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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On July 11th is the memorial of St. Benedict. This prayer prayed in our time could as easily have been prayed in his: Father, be with the leaders of your flock in their needs today.  Help your Bishops and priests to interpret the Gospel message with clarity and urgency, witnessing in their own lives to the [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Heavenly Father, in your wisdom you have called certain women to a life of special consecration so that in prayerful observance of a lifestyle of poverty, celibacy, and obedience, they might be witnesses to us that as St. Paul says, “our true citizenship is in heaven.” Give them, Lord, the grace of joy and perseverance [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and to act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving. We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns (a wee bit late)

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Earlier this week a storm roared through with wind shears and explosive lightening, and power went out for nearly three days. I realized how important others are in our lives when we are in need. My neighbors were pretty much self sufficient with their generators growling through the hours. But what of those who when [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Sacred Heart of Jesus, Eternal High Priest, let Your love flow into the hearts of your priests and transform them into living images of You. By Your grace, make them true apostles of Your Sacred Heart. I pray for the fulfillment of the promise You made to St. Margaret Mary: “I will give to priests [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Eucharistic Jesus, We do not know, as the seed, what will be made of us. Help our Sisters and Nuns to accept this unknowing as a blessing to trust in Divine Will. Guide them through their growing, their journey to be fruit, harvested and consumed for the purpose of brining souls to you. Give them [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Sacred Heart Stained Glass

 A novena, starting today, is to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Some of you know about www.praymorenovenas.com. You can visit the website and sign up to receive the daily prayers for the novena. Pray without ceasing made easy.  The Feast of the Sacred Heart has also been established by Pope Saint John Paul II as [Read More...]

Four Waters of the Soul

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“A beginner must think of herself as one setting out to make a garden in which her Beloved Lord is to take his delight…[1]“ St. Teresa of Avila was a Spanish Carmelite nun and mystic who was an affectionate extrovert of great joy and determination. By her own admission, she tells of her exploits as [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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In the light of the disturbing and often exaggerated and false reporting news about Tuam, Ireland’s deceased children, that caused a firestorm of confusion and grief, let us pray for our Sisters and Nuns who are caring for the unwanted children in our world. Our Lady of Guadalupe, we pray that you give strength and perseverance [Read More...]


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