The peacock plant

The Praying Plant

A couple of years ago my parents sent a surprise for my feast day, a basket with three potted plants from a local florist. At the time I knew nothing about any of the plants other than that they were tropical (liking warmth and humidity), they needed bright but not…

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fresh grave in the monastery cemetery

A Blog for Ash Wednesday

“Keep death daily before your eyes,” St. Benedict writes in his Rule for beginners (RB 4:47). Out of context this sound like a morbid way to live. However, in this case, St. Benedict includes this as one of many “tools for good works” listed in Chapter 4 that are available…

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Enough Is Enough

How much is enough? It depends. It depends on who you are, where you live, what the desire or need is. “Enough” can refer to a minimum necessary to meet a need or desire or to a maximum limit of tolerance. Similar terms include ample, adequate, sufficient, and satisfactory. Is…

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Bread for Holy Thursday baked by Sisters Kathleen and Michelle

Good Carbs

The drive from Palm Springs to Riverside in California is reached via State Highway 111, twelve miles of barren desert intersecting with the I-10 interstate. It is a pleasant yet bleak respite before being thrust into the chaos of defensive driving, lane switching, and white knuckling. Highway 111 is plain…

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El Greco detail from Crist Driving Out the Moneychangers from the Temple

Jesus: A Man of Action

Jesus was a man of action. While the gospel evangelists capture many of Jesus’ sayings and teachings, his actions are just as central to his mission as the Messiah. As we hear from the Gospel of Mark on most of the Sundays in this liturgical year, the importance of Jesus’s…

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Christmas decoration boxes

Time to Take Down the Tree

The late comedian Erma Bombeck once said, “There is no one lonelier than the one taking down the Christmas tree.” As I write this, we are approaching the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which is the official end of the Christmas season (unless you are lucky enough to…

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Items on the give-away table

Taking Time, Making Space

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.” from Patient Trust, a prayer from Pierre…

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puzzle pieces

Puzzle Pieces

I love jigsaw puzzles! I can lose all track of time while laser- focused on the search for the next piece. Last New Year’s Eve, I planned to turn in early. After getting into my pajamas, I went back to the puzzle to see if I could find just a…

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Supplies on the Journey-Part 9

In my last blog, I addressed compassion. On the heels of compassion is forgiveness. Meaning of Forgiveness One of the Proto-Germanic meanings of the word forgiveness is “to release”. In the New Testament, one of the Greek words for forgiveness is “apheimi.” It implies letting go, to release, to cancel…

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Assorted Christmas ornaments


There is nothing like an assemblage of varied Christmas ornaments on a dining room table to remind oneself about the complex yet beautiful realities of life in community. There are the shiny ones and frosty ones of all assorted sizes. Some are opaque while others are translucent or transparent. Some…

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