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Whether cultivating a patch of earth dedicated to the Virgin Mary, St. Francis of Assisi, or the rosary in stepping stones, Catholics find spiritual inspiration in prayer gardens.
Soul Seeing: My devout Catholic mother confidently advises prayer and reflection as a means of clarity. It took me a long time to realize what that means.
I worry that "checking out," while tempting, is not the answer when so much is at stake. Yet, action takes a toll, and some contemplative tips can come in handy.
Essay: Loving and caring for my granddaughter Mary resonates through me, reminding me so much of me and my relationship with God.