Into the Garden (by Barbara Sutton)

Here in Central Minnesota, I am lucky to have a beautiful small garden on the banks of the Mississippi River.  I have tended this garden for ten years.  Right now, it is filled with blooms—Lilies, Bee Balm, Canna, Corn flowers, Phlox, Black-eyed Susans, and Hosta scapes that seem to shake their one finger at everyone.…

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An Owl and Freedom (by Luce Marie Dionne, OSB)

On July 4, 2020, Independence Day, I went for a walk very early in the morning on the grounds behind the Monastery.  I noticed an animal moving around in the net of the soccer field goal.  I came closer and found that it was an owl, looking very helpless and scared, seeing no end to…

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