Wilting in the Bright Light of Annie’s Need

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Exiting my car at the women’s care facility, I saw there were plastic grocery bags sitting atop a picnic table, in the shady end of the lot. Within them were dozens of perennials that had been dug from someone’s garden. The bags were crumpled, the cardboard boxes were warped, and the plants they contained were [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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On a road overwhelmed by events of great sorrow and despair, the men together walked. The story of the road to Emmaus was over two-thousand years ago. Today, and still, our priests may be journeying with the same heavy hearts. Let us offer this prayer for them in a world  gone mad. Lord Jesus, hear our [Read More...]

An Abrasive Solitude

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One cannot live the life of an anchorite with an expectation of companionship. The journey to draw closer to God often means a journey away from people. To bring Christ into our world is to serve others; to draw closer to God is to leave all behind. It is a paradox. The challenges I face [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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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...]

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 it, [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...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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O Immaculate Virgin, help remove from the hearts of our holy women any reluctance to giving themselves fully to God. Keep them from being immersed in the things of earth. Teach them how pure their hearts ought to be, so that they will never refuse anything to the Lord, and will always be able to [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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O Jesus, our great High Priest, Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly lives. In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering [Read More...]

Nearly Feral

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The three year old tabby was small for her age at only five pounds. Her dark-gray fur was striped in black with a lovely undercoat of coppery-gold and was surprisingly soft and thick, more like rabbit fur in winter. Her round little head seemed too small for her expressive and large oval eyes, especially when the [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...]


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