Intimacy Relearned

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A pair of Mourning Doves rested beside the massive zucchini leaves near the bird bath. They cooed, crouching in the warm soil, and rubbing their heads along each others beak and neck. Scratching the soil with their feet they created a shallow divot. They tucked themselves down into the earthen bowl to lay close together, [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Lord Jesus we pray that you strengthen our Sisters and Nuns to bring forth your hope and love in a suffering world. Where war has inflicted death, let our Sisters and Nuns work for peace. Where famine has brought suffering, let our holy women feed the poor. Where earthquakes and floods have caused hopelessness, let [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Dear Loving God our Father, Merciful Jesus our Brother, Holy Mother Mary, our world is in such turmoil. The sufferings of your children are great, their diseases of body, the persecutions that sicken the heart and soul, seem insurmountable. We pray to you that our missionary Sisters and Nuns do not succumb to the despair of the [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Christ is the spouse and crowning glory of Sisters and Nuns. Let us praise him with joy in our voices and pray to him with sincerity in our hearts: Jesus, crown of holy women, hear us. Christ, the holy women loved you as their one true spouse, grant that nothing may separate Sisters and Nuns [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

O Jesus, Good Shepherd, who have come to save what was lost, you have established the priesthood of the Holy Church, so that the work of Redemption might be perpetuated. We ask you urgently: send laborers into your vineyard! Give your Holy Church worthy and holy priests. Give your Holy Church religious brothers and sisters. [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

This prayer is for those who feel the burden of our times, which includes our Sisters and Nuns. It was shared by Fr. Mike, the priest at Saints Cornelius & Cyprian Church, a small parish in farm country where I usually attend daily Mass. O God, we pray this day: for all who have a song they cannot [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Lord Jesus Christ, watch over your missionary Sisters and Nuns who leave everything to give testimony to your word and your love. In difficult moments, sustain their energies, comfort their hearts, and crown their work with spiritual achievements. Let the image of you crucified on the Cross, which accompanies them throughout life, speak to them of [Read More...]

Concise Silence

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  For those of us called to an anchoritic life, the silence of solitude teaches interior repose and perseverance in prayer, turning towards the Spirit within as the sunflower turns towards and follows the sun. The perspective and peace brought of silence is, rarely, an opened parcel in daily life. We twirl about stepping over [Read More...]

Embroider the Earth with Prayer

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I stooped at the waist to pull a few weeds. A twinge in my back caused me to stagger a bit so I lowered to kneeling and moved closer the flowers—a familiar intimacy. The rose next to me was Tuscany, a maroon heirloom rose, its richly perfumed center was fluffy with gold pollen. The base [Read More...]


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