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  • Monday Morning Offering: 10/26 October 26, 2020
      Image: George Mendoza  Good morning, good God!I offer you my thanks for your divine imagination,your playful wisdom shaping mother earth,her seasons and their beauty...Who first knew your plan, O Lord,for shorter days and autumn chillto sap the summer's chlorophyllfrom leafy, shady boughs? I see revealed in summer's loss,in each tree's seasoned fading,your glory: gold […]
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  • Not to late to pray with us today! October 26, 2020
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  • NGHT PRAYER: Sunday 10/25 October 25, 2020
    I definitely have a preference, Lord,     for sunshine on Sundays!  Just seems right that your day,      Sunday, should be, well - sunny! But today you gave us clouds... I know that just behind those cloudsthe sun shines in all its glory! I've flown through clouds at 35,000 feet -    they're thin as air and yet, mysteriously thick enough    […]
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  • Pause for Prayer: SUNDAY 10/25 October 25, 2020
    Photo by Mark Penta              Lord,help me remember, help me see, help me believethat the beauty of this tree is not as greatas the glory of your grace within my heart...Lord, help me remember, help me see and help me trustthat your Spirit deep withinoutshines a forest of October trees aglow...Lord, help me remember, help me see and understand […]
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  • NIGHT PRAYER: Saturday 10/25 October 24, 2020
                      In tomorrow's gospel reading, the Lord commands us to love God     with all our heart, soul and mind     - and to love our neighbor we we love ourselves...This scripture brings to mind    something Pedro Arrupe, a Jesuit priest wrote    about falling in love...Let's pray with Fr. Pedro... Nothing is more practical     than finding God,    […]
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  • Join us in prayer! October 24, 2020
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  • Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 10/24 October 24, 2020
    Image source These days, Lord, a lot of folks are down,    in a funk, they've got the blues,        their spirits are low... When these days, these seasons come,   will you lift us up, Lord?Will you reach out your hand to ours   and with your strong arm pull us up      and out of the forest of our […]
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  • NIGHT PRAYER: Friday 10/23 October 23, 2020
                       So many countdowns in process, Lord!        8  days until Halloween       11  days until the Election        34 days until Thanksgiving       37 days until Advent        63 days until Christmas       69 days until New Year's Eve       70 days until January 1, 2021 And then there are the countdowns to dates unknown: […]
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  • Pause for Prayer: FRIDAY 10/23 October 23, 2020
    To start my day right, what are the things I just gotta have?              Snooze alarm?    Good stretch?     Early run?    Morning play list?    News, weather, traffic report?         Shower?    Shave?    Makeup?      Coffee?    Juice?    Smoothie?     Breakfast?    Email?      Newspaper?     _________________?    your personal gotta have How about prayer?Is prayer one […]
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  • NIGHT PRAYER: Thursday 10/22 October 23, 2020
     One thing I'm really good at, Lord,is worrying about tomorrowand fretting about next week, next month - even next year!And sometimes, Lord, I awfulize the future, imagining, fearing, dreading, even presuming the worst case scenariofor whatever's ahead of me...Truth be told, Lord: most of what I worry about    - simply never happens -but even that history doesn't keep […]
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  • A recap of Sunday's homily on faithful voting October 22, 2020
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  • Pause for Prayer: WEDNESDAY 10/21 October 22, 2020
    Image source          I don't often invite guest writers to post here but a friend recently shared with me a prayer she wrote for a course she's taking in Celtic spirituality and I asked her permission to share it with you - which she graciously granted. Thank you, Louise, for these beautiful, prayerful words!O Holy One,     I […]
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  • NIGHT PRAYER: Wednesday 10/21 October 21, 2020
     Lord, I love the perspective of my friend's photo here:    the perspective of fallen leaves...                                       Photo by John McGinty These leaves have done their duty, Lord! Last spring they budded barren branches,waiting to unfold in leafy beautyand fulfill their given task,to shade us from the summer's sun,providing refuge and a cooler place to sit,read, picnic, hold a […]
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  • Pause for Prayer: WEDNESDAY 10/21 October 21, 2020
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  • NIGHT PRAYER: Tuesday 10/20 October 20, 2020
      It was over seven months ago (April 2) that I began this series of daily Night Prayers. In announcing this, I wrote, "This will be a trial period.  I pledge to provide a daily Night Prayer at least until the 'stay at home' regulations are relaxed.  At that point, and with an eye to your […]
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  • Pause for Prayer: TUESDAY 10/20 October 20, 2020
       Like everyone else, Lord:   I just wanna to be happy...And like everyone else:   I know there are things      I think will make me happy   and things      I wish would make me happy,   and things that promise I'll be happy      - but leave me feeling not very happy at […]
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  • NIGHT PRAYER: Monday 10/19 October 20, 2020
    Photo by Dan Tobyne           Lord,I'm grateful for the mystery of gourds, beautiful fall gourds!I wish we'd found a finer moniker for things as delightful and colorfully variegated as - gourds...perhaps their beauty will eventually convince methat gourd's a fitting name...And their mystery?Why did you create them, Lord?They're hard to open and when you do,there's little inside for […]
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  • Monday Morning Offering: 10/19 October 19, 2020
      Image: George Mendoza Good morning, good God! These pandemic days, this pandemic year has been so hard on so many, Lord:    those who've been sick,    those who've lost loved ones,    those who lost a job,    those who've gone into debt,     those whose life plans have changed,    those who've gone without the company of others... Many have had […]
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  • NIGHT PRAYER: Sunday 10/18 October 18, 2020
    Sometimes, Lord, even often, seems what I see inside me doesn't exactly matchwhat others see on the outside...I disguise and hide my brokennessand the walls I build inside keeping me from others and from you,and from the person you're calling me to be... Somewhere deep inside I'm dissatisfied with who I am:I deny my own goodness and strengths, I […]
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  • In case you missed us on Sunday morning! October 18, 2020
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Weekly Readings

Fr. Austin Fleming's Books

Two-Word Prayers

Calm me,
quiet me,
settle me...

Steady me,
balance me,
ground me...

Plant me,
root me,
embed me...

Support me,
sustain me,
protect me...

Forgive me,
pardon me,
free me...

Refresh me,
restore me,
heal me...

Enfold me,
embrace me,
hold me...

Lord, hear my prayer today!

A Daily Prayer

A Daily Prayer

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