Tiny Retreat #2: Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen: Patron saint of green and growing Hildegard was only five years old in 1098 when her parents brought her, their tenth child, to the monastery of St. Disibode. A holy woman named Jutta took the little girl in and taught her Latin and music so she could sing the psalms with the monksContinue reading “Tiny Retreat #2: Hildegard of Bingen”

Happy St. Joseph’s Day!

When Joseph didn’t know what to do about his pregnant fiancée, he slept on it. In his dreams, an angel eased his doubt and gave him courage to act. Pray to Joseph today to fill your heart with hope and with the willingness to see God at work where you never imagined.

 Joseph is patronContinue reading “Happy St. Joseph’s Day!”

Gospel Reflection for October 29, 2017, 30th Sunday Ordinary time

Scripture Readings: Exodus 22.20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1.5-10; Matthew 22.34-40 “Teacher, which commandment of the law is greatest?”  – Matthew 22.36 Love God and neighbor without distinction. This is the distilled version of the mission of the  Sisters of St. Joseph, the religious community to which I belong. The mission calls us to act—to love and formContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 29, 2017, 30th Sunday Ordinary time”

Merry Christmas!

Jesus makes incarnate the heart of God, full of creative and merciful love that never stops calling us into the communions of family and church. We make a gift to you of the creative work of two of our sisters who taught and inspired us. Blessings on you and yours. The Ox and the Donkey’sContinue reading “Merry Christmas!”

An April Sonnet

As spring makes its way even into chilly Minnesota, we share this poem written by a favorite teacher at the College of St. Catherine. May you be blessed by the beauty around you.

Happy St. Joseph’s Day!

Lent encourages us to slow down so we can recognize what drives us and to fast from food and fashion that consumes us. As Sisters of St. Joseph we celebrate the feast of our patron on March 19 and take a break from Lent for festivities. Joseph is also the patron of the universal Church, so March 19 is aContinue reading “Happy St. Joseph’s Day!”

Refugees Are Dear Neighbors

Good Ground Press is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  Our congregation has published the following public statement in regard to Syrian refugees: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are heartbroken and outraged by the recent violence perpetrated around the world in places like Paris, Beirut, Syria and elsewhere inContinue reading “Refugees Are Dear Neighbors”

Joy in Jesus’ Good News

by Sister Joan Mitchell, CSJ Joy brims over in our circles of sisters and associates that gather on Wednesdays to talk about Pope Francis’s exhortation Joy of the Gospel.  Spreading joy is his intent.  Its source―“a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ” or at least opening ourselves to let Jesus encounter us.  His writing infectsContinue reading “Joy in Jesus’ Good News”

Feminism in Faith

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, I wanted to promote Buzzfeed’s article Feminism in Faith: Four Women Who Are Revolutionizing Organized Religion. The article highlights four women working within their faith community to bring about change: Sara Hurwitz: the first publicly ordained Orthodox Jewish Rabba Kate Kelly: an attorney getting the issue ofContinue reading “Feminism in Faith”