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

Artist Charlie Harper, Seeing Red Cardinal

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

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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...]

Laughter with Tears

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Ann Margaret Lewis arrived Friday night later than expected. I stood at the end of my drive, cell phone in hand, talking her in down the dark two-lane road. As she came around the second bend she flashed her high-beams across the distance and I confirmed her approach with a near squeal of delight. Her [Read More...]

Equus Passage 6/18

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Sacrifice is not about giving up things. As Fr. Cameron wrote, it is about doing whatever we can to generate as much love as we can…it is the way we eagerly adjust our lives so that our greatest desires for love come true.   (Father Peter John Cameron, OP. Jesus, Present Before Me; Meditations for [Read More...]

Equus Passage, May 21

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Love is a direction and not the state of the soul. ~Simone Weil The experience of being loved and in loving draws me forward, into the world, into God. It restores peace and quites turmoil. Love is the direction that returns me to the heart of who I am.   (Why Equus Passage…)   [Read more...]

Allowing Love

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I was sitting in the nave of the church near the sanctuary. My friend’s final words, “allow yourself to be loved,” were printed on the front of her funeral leaflet. Just below is a picture of her on a trip she took to India, between scheduled bouts of chemotherapy. The photo shows her hugging her [Read More...]


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