Laura Hammel is a member of the Sisters of St. Clare, a Poor Clare community in Saginaw, Michigan. In addition to the prayer ministry in her diocese, she has developed and maintained a website introducing different prayer forms useful at certain times of the year. These include an Advent calendar, contemplation using Stations of the Cross, a Pentecost Novena and Mysteries of the Rosary.  

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The protection of the Good Shepherd

Jesus cares enough about our safety to stay with us in the fields. I find this Christian image still comforting in a world far removed from the hillsides with grazing sheep of biblical times. Fear and vulnerability live within us even today.

The gift of Advent rituals

Rituals carry us through darkness and into the light during this season. They express the desire and longing that we feel and feed our joy as we wait together.

The saints who shape our lives

St. Clare is someone I have come to cherish as a guide and mentor. Her determination to live her life in the way she believed was right for her inspires me to believe in myself and to hold fast to my beliefs.

Trinity is like a kaleidoscope

What are some of the ways that I experience the Trinity in my life? It is possible to experience the actions of all three natures in a single day.