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Happy feast of St. Albert, patron saint of scientists and philosophers

15 Nov

We honor St. Albert, born 1200, by with this poem from another scientist and philosopher, St. Hildegard of Bingen, born 1098. As a woman, Hildegard was denied higher education, but she learned about the earth and its healing powers and about God from the nuns of Bingen. Both saints taught us that creation is our first intimation of the beauty and graciousness of God. Find a friend and take turns with the calls to God and the Alleluias. Happy feast day!

You are Fire                                              Alleluia
You are Breath                                         Alleluia
You are Shelter in the storm                 Alleluia
You are Wisdom                                      Alleluia
You are Darkness                                    Alleluia
You are Light                                           Alleluia
You are Friend                                         Alleluia
You are Lover                                          Alleluia
You are Mother                                       Alleluia
You are Earth-body                                Alleluia
You are Energy                                       Alleluia
You are the Rising Sap of Spring        Alleluia
You are Life                                             Alleluia
You are Death Overcome                      Alleluia


 

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The Advent Names of God

29 Oct

 

The O Antiphons are the Church’s prayer of longing for the coming of the Lord. These seven prayer cards are beautifully illustrated by Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ, with poems by Joan Mitchell, CSJ. They come in a case which converts into an easel. Only $15, which includes shipping. View a sample card at goodgroundpress.com. Call 800-232-5533 to place your order or you can order online.

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The Advent Season

22 Oct

Advent is right around the corner! Check out our Advent Resources page to download free resources for your parish, family, and friends, order Sunday by Sunday, or to participate in a free online Advent retreat focusing on the holy women of the Gospels.

Gospel Reflection for December 23, 2018, 4th Sunday of Advent

20 Dec

Sunday Readings: Micah 5.1-4; Hebrews 10.5-10; Luke 1.39-45

“Blessed is she who trusts God’s words to her will be fulfilled.” – Luke 1.45

The Advent gospels lead us toward Christmas with thoughts of Jesus’ coming in glory and with John the Baptist’s urgent preaching to repent. Those of us who have not yet agreed to let God’s word transform us have a few days yet to share our extra coats and food, to challenge ourselves to consume less, and to let the rejoicing of all creation at Jesus’ birth inspire our care for Earth.

In Mary and Elizabeth the gospel focuses on two model believers who welcome God’s word into themselves, into their bodies. Their faith and trust in God’s Spirit is bearing fruit in their wombs. In their visit together these two women share their faith in what God is doing in them for the world.

Each woman has responded to God separately. As they meet, the Spirit arcs between them like sparks. At Mary’s greeting Elizabeth’s baby leaps in her womb. This happens in faith-sharing groups. Sharing insights and commitments magnifies and expands our faith as we experience the Spirit at work in each other.

Who supports and affirms the Spirit’s stirring in you? How do faith-sharing conversations affirm and deepen your faith?


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Gospel Reflection for December 16, 2018, 3rd Sunday of Advent

14 Dec

Sunday Readings: Zephaniah 3.14-18; Philippians 4.4-7; Luke 3.10-18

The crowd asks John the Baptist, “What should we do?” Let people with two coats give to people who have none. People who have lots of food should do the same.” – Luke 3.10-11

Crowds are listening to John the Baptist scold his hearers because they come seeking baptism, a sign of a new and changed life, but have made no changes. “Bear fruit worthy of repentance,” he says. The crowds wants specifics. The Baptist tells them to share their belongings and food with those who are without clothes and food. He tells the tax collectors to collect only the money taxes require. John calls them to do justice in their everyday life and work. When people wash in the Jordan, they commit to just living. Baptism expresses this commitment. John teaches that uncleanness is a spiritual rather than a physical condition.

What is your experience of water cleansing and reviving you? What is a way you  have marked a turning toward God in your life?


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Our Lady of Guadalupe Story

11 Dec

Our Mother Who Art

Tomorrow is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Click here for her story. Share it with family and friends. The art and prayer on this page are by Sister Ansgar, CSJ. May you and our whole continent be blessed by the Protectoress of the Americas. Happy feast day!

You are the mother
of the dark and the light
the rich and the poor
the humble and proud.
You are the mother
of the young and the old
the strong and the weak
of those who rejoice
of those who weep.

You are the mother
of woman and man
of small and of great
of broken and whole.
You are the mother who art.

 


 

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Gospel Reflection for December 9, 2018, 2nd Sunday of Advent

7 Dec

Sunday Readings: Baruch 5.1-9; Philippians 1.4-6, 8-11; Luke 3.1-6

“A herald’s voice in the desert cries out: ‘Make ready a road for God. Clear a straight path for God. Every valley shall be filled; every mountain and hill shall be leveled.’” – Luke 3.4-5

John the Baptist heralds the turning point in history by which much of the world marks its calendar. His preaching echoes the prophet Second Isaiah, who called the exiled Israelites to come home  to Jerusalem and be a people, to rebuild their ruined city and temple. God will lead them. Second Isaiah’s imagines God straightening hairpins turns, filling impassable crevasses, and smoothing exhausting terrain to lead the people home through the wilderness. The message invites us to ask what road we are traveling. Is it full of traffic? Is it fast? Or scenic? Where does it lead?

Where is home? What relationships are you building to call home? 


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Christmas Gifts To Nourish Our Souls

5 Dec

We have the answer to at least a few of your gift needs. 

 

Holy Women, Full of Grace
Sister Joan’s new book features Jesus’ first women disciples and asks their prayers. The portrait of each woman calls readers into her story and into their own prayer. Both women and men enjoy this book. 32 pages. 1-9 copies, $8.00 each; 10-99 copies, $7.00. Order online or call 800-232-5533.





Advent Names of God
The O Antiphons are the Church’s prayer for the last days of Advent.
Each of these cards has been beautifully illustrated by Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ, and features a prayer-poem by Sister Joan. On the back of each card is the scriptural source for this name of God. The seven cards come in a case which becomes a standing easel. Only $15.00.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Protectoress of the Americas. We need to shelter under her cloak these days. Click here to see the card and read the prayer. $15.00 for a pack of 10 cards (envelopes included!). Order online or by phone.

 

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Praying the Advent Names of God

3 Dec

The O Antiphons are the Church’s prayer for the last days of Advent. Each of these cards have been beautifully illustrated by Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ and include a prayer poem written by Sister Joan. On the back of each card is the original antiphon and its scriptural sources. The seven cards come in a case which becomes a standing easel. Click here to view a sample.

Only $15.00 per set (price includes shipping!). Order online or give us a call at 800-232-5533. The O Antiphons are also available as 12″x18″ posters! Click here to order online.

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Gospel Reflection for December 2, 2018, 1st Sunday of Advent

29 Nov

Gospel Reflection for December 2, 2018, 1st Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 33.14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3.12-4.2; Luke 21.25-28, 34-36

“Stay watchful, praying for strength to escape what will happen and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21.36

Advent begins the Church year with a gospel that fairly froths with frightful images. The gospel reminds us that no matter how threatening personal or world events, we live from beginning to end in the embrace of God. In our experience of being alive, we find God within us. In turning to one another and bridging our separate selves, we find God among us. In experiencing our human limits, we find we have heart and hope for mystery—God beyond us. The God of our beginning is the God of all we will become.

Whether we see Jesus’ coming again as a threat or a fulfillment, the gospel challenges us to stay watchful and pray for strength. In living consciously, attentive to people and life within and around us, we will find God already with us.

What gives you hope this Advent? 


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