Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Most loving Jesus and our Lord, who have redeemed the world at the price of your Most Precious Blood, look mercifully on poor mankind, which in a greater part, lies in the darkness of error and in the shadow of death.  Shine on it the fullness of the light of truth. Multiply, Lord, the apostles [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Beloved Mother Mary, Take the hand of your daughters, our Sisters and Nuns, and guide them to remain outside their personal wants and to desire only the repose in your son’s loving arms. Help them to place their hearts in his eternal joy, and protect these holy women when the hardness of this world tries to [Read More...]

Feeling of Skin

It was an early autumn morning at the retreat center and I was walking through the back meadow in the pre-dawn light. Even with the hood of my bright-blue—Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious—sweatshirt scrunched up around my neck, I felt a slight chill and shivered; my pant legs and shoes were wet from the morning dew. [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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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 34:19). [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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O lovely Mother Mary, Mother of Sisters and Nuns, take to your heart your daughters who are close to you because of their higher calling and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much. Be their comfort; be their joy; [Read More...]

Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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O Jesus, our beloved Lord and Savior, hear our humble prayers on behalf of your Sisters and Nuns. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will constantly increase throughout the course of their holy life. In their loneliness, comfort them; In their sorrows, strengthen them; In their [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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This prayer was written by Blessed Pope John Paul II and seems perfect for today’s memorial of The Most Holy Name of Mary. Prayer to the Virgin Mary for Priests O Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests, accept this title which we bestow on you to celebrate your motherhood and to contemplate [Read More...]

Cardinal at My Window

Earlier in the spring I was blessed with two nests of cardinals in my yard. Cardinals are very territorial birds but for some reason these two families shared the space congenially. The two nests of fledglings gave way to a small flock darting about the Locust tree and flowering shrubs. One late-summer morning a flash [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

My God, I pray for all your priests and beseech you to sanctify them.  Let them love their sacrifice deeply so that they may live it lovingly. I beg you, grant them obedience, a spirit of detachment, a chastity which is constant and true, a spirit of self-denial, humility, sweetness, zeal and dedication. I beg [Read More...]

Lumen Fidei and a Tomato-red Day

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My grandmother passed away over a decade ago, but she gave me a bit of a nudge last Friday. I’d been doing small bursts of gardening over ten days and over did it. The doctor said ice, meds, and bed rest…I ended up being flat-out for four days. I felt perkier by Friday. Mid-morning I [Read More...]


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