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House of Prayer

      It’s Sunday.  I went first to the place that we, human beings, built for God.  He graciously comes to us there, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and in the gift of the Eucharist.   And then … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the Strayed

Inspiration can come from all sorts of places. Years ago I found a beautiful prayer for unbelievers inside a novel by Jan Karon.  The words expressed my sentiments perfectly, and I copied it out for my own use.  I have adapted … Continue reading

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A “well, duh” moment

Now many of you will probably say “well, duh” when you read this, but even though I have been praying for people all of my life, I am evidently a slow learner. Twice in the last year, I have volunteered to … Continue reading

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Praying with St. Monica for the lost sheep

St. Monica. My hero.  She was the first saint that I thought of to include in my icon for the strayed-away lambs of the church. We don’t know too much about her, most of what we do know comes from … Continue reading

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Praying with the Mother of God for the lost sheep

Mary, the Mother of God, also prays with us for our beloved ones who have left the faith.  It was she who carried Jesus to the world, who gave birth to Him, loved Him, raised Him, brought Him to us … Continue reading

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Praying with St. John Bosco

As I finish the image of St. John Bosco, and begin work on the next figure on my icon for those who have lost their faith, I prayed for all those who have asked for prayers for their own loved ones.   With … Continue reading

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Prayers for those who have left the Church

The Gospel reading from December 7 is one of my favorites.  You know the one, from Luke:5, where the paralyzed man is lowered, by his loved ones, through a hole in the roof to Jesus, who first forgives his sins, … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Reflection

A dear friend of mine was asked to do a reflection at church on Mother’s Day, and this is what she came up with. I thought it was beautiful, and pertinent even after the holiday has ended for this year: … Continue reading

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The First Step: Prayer

The most logical first step in beginning to correct or repair an icon, is to pray. This prayer was shared with me recently by a fellow iconographer.  It is lovely, and was perhaps written especially for young iconographers attending workshops given … Continue reading

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St.Tabitha meets Murphy

I took my little icon of St.Tabitha to the coast, on a short vacation, hoping to make some progress in the painting.  I worked by the window, painting industriously, but perhaps scrimping a bit in the prayer department.  I began to highlight … Continue reading

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