How to Shorten Your Stay in Purgatory

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On gloomy winter days I often drive country lanes. This time of year several farms have Christmas decorations up and some even decorate the out-buildings. One such barnyard was filled with a gaggle of kids squealing and running towards an old oak tree. By the looks of it, hide-and-seek had not gone out of fashion [Read More...]

Silver Tree of Christmases Past

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A story, one of the few, of family. It was written a while ago–my week has been hectic–and I pray you will enjoy it again. My grandparents were born in 1896 and 1901. Their families immigrated to Detroit when they were teenagers. She had planned to become a nun, and he had graduated from Michigan State [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Lord God, hear our prayers for Sisters and Nuns called to serve us in your name. During this Advent season we ask that you continue to fill their minds with wonder, their hearts with love, and their souls with the desire to share your light in our dulled and darkened world. Grace them to persevere [Read More...]

Quandary of Self Loathing

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In Luke 10:27 a young lawyer answers Jesus with a statement that has convicted me throughout adulthood: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” The loving heart, soul, mind and body [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests and Vocations

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

Image from Benedictine Nuns at the convent at Stanbrook Abbey, Worcester Photograph: SWNS.COM

Lord Jesus, in your wisdom and limitless love you you have planted the seed of service in all of us.We pray at this time you will kindle in the hearts of women the desire to follow you into a consecrated religious life. In the quiet of their discerning give them assurance in answering yes, the peace in their [Read More...]

Feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower

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On this first day of October, as we take our daily walk through the prayer garden, it seems so very appropriate that the Saint of the day is St. Therese of Lisieux. A Carmelite nun, St. Therese is, of course, lovingly known as the “Little Flower” and is the patron saint of florists. As someone [Read More...]

Short at One End Coming to Christ

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I’m still trying to find my place as a pray-er among the residents at the women’s care facility. As an introvert and hermit, and with what little social skills I possess, the challenge is large. I had been given a list of names of the women who are Catholic and ambled to each room to [Read More...]

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...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Artist, Pristine Cartera-Turkus

Holy and Beloved Father whose love is without limit and whose gifts are given with full compassion hear our prayers for Sisters and Nuns. Look upon them with mercy when their prayers are hindered by a false sense of unworthiness. Inspire all Sisters and Nuns who are creative artists whose gifts are to reveal your [Read More...]


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