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Joseph of Dreams, Be With Us

19 Mar

Art by Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ

When Joseph didn’t know what to do with 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 patron of the Universal Church. Ask him to bless Pope Francis’s efforts to dream a more merciful church into being. The Sisters of St. Joseph share one of their favorite prayers below:

Joseph, most ordinary, on this your feast,
 help us listen to our dreams with compassion and openness as you did.
 Help us stretch, hold, and deepen our relationships.
 Open our embrace of the future as you opened
 your arms to a child not your own. 
In these hard times may we, like you, dream compassionately,
 provide wisely, and build community that can hold us together.
 We ask this through Jesus, whom you claimed and named. Amen.

Prayer for Parkland, Florida

16 Feb

– Lori True, ritual and liturgy director for the Sisters of St. Joseph in St. Paul.

Make Daily Prayer a Habit for Lent

26 Jan

Our pocket-sized prayer journal has daily prayer at your fingertips. Go to goodgroundpress.com and click on the folding prayer illustration. Download the page, follow the folding directions, and begin to make a daily prayer habit.

 

Pray the Advent Names of God

14 Dec

The O Antiphons are the prayers for Vespers from December 17 through December 23. They are the last signposts on our journey through Advent to Christmas.

Sister Joan and Sister Ansgar created art and poetry for these seven prayers.  The first one, for this Sunday, December 17, illustrates this post. These cards are available from Good Ground Press. It is too late to get them to you for your prayer this Advent, but you can order now and be ready next December.

The other six 0 Antiphons will be the daily prayer on our website at goodgroundpress.com. We wish your many blessings in this last week of preparation for Christmas.

Only $15.00. Click here to order online or call Lacy at 800-232-5533 to place your order.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

12 Dec

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Celebrate by sharing this prayer. Click here for Our Lady’s story with friends and family. The art and prayer on this page are by Sister Ansgar Holmberg. The story appeared first in Good News, one of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. Happy feast day!

Our Mother Who Art

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.


Sister Ansgar Holmberg’s beautiful artwork is featured on a series of cards available from Good Ground Press.

The Our Mother Who Art card is available in packs of 10 (with envelopes) for $15.00. Visit goodgroundpress.com to order online or call us at 800-232-5533.

Happy Thanksgiving!

22 Nov

We have created a Thanksgiving Grace for you to use at Thanksgiving dinner, or whenever you eat with friends and family. Click here to download and print it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

April Sonnet

13 Apr

Heart-waking is the word Sister Alice Smith invents to describe spring and Easter poetically in her April sonnet. Theologically the God who creates and sustains the cosmos is the God who raised up Jesus to new life and promises us lasting friendship. Liturgically Lent moves toward spring and Easter. In the northern hemisphere flowers and budding trees revive the human spirit in sync with Jesus’ wholehearted outpouring of his love in his passion and the new eighth day of creation of his resurrection.

A very blessed Easter to you from all of us at Good Ground Press.

Celebrate Easter!

10 Apr

Visit goodgroundpress.com to print these pages of Easter prayers and reflections. Treat yourself and those you love to all seven weeks of Easter. Carry the prayer mantra in your pocket or purse to keep your heart happy and at peace.

We pray for each of you this Easter. May you be blessed with hope in God’s promise of new life. ~ Sister Joan

Prayer For Ash Wednesday

1 Mar

Today is Ash Wednesday, one of the most popular holy days in the church year. Most of us will try to get to church during the day to receive a cross of ashes on our foreheads. If you are unable to do that, use this prayer service to begin Lent.

Gather with your family or in a communal space in your building or with other friends and neighbors. You can create ashes by burning some palm from last year’s Palm Sunday, or a small piece of paper or fabric. All you need for the prayer service is someone to lead and someone to read the scripture.

prayer-symbolLeader: Loving God, be with us as we begin the holy season of Lent.
All: Loving God, be with us.
Reader: St. Paul tells us “God has sent the Holy Spirit into our hearts. The Spirit urges us from deep inside to say, ‘Abba, my father.’ We are no longer slaves. We are God’s sons and daughters.”
Leader: During Lent we want to grow closer to you, Abba, our father, and to be more loving to one another. These ashes are a sign of the commitments we make to keep Lent.

Pass the dish of ashes around. Each person dips his or her thumb in the ashes and makes a cross on the forehead of the person on his/her right, saying:

__________ you are a child of God. Make loving choices during Lent.

Ask if people wish to share their commitments. Sing a simple song everyone knows to conclude your prayer.

Merry Christmas!

22 Dec

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’s Carol
poem by Sister Alice Smith, CSJ ~art by Sister Madeline Schimanski, CSJ

ox-and-donkey-001The Christ child lay in the ox’s stall
The stars shone great
and the stars shone small,
but one bright star outshone them all.

The cattle stood in the cleanly straw,
and strange to them was the sight they saw.
The ox and donkey watched with awe.

The shepherds ran from the uplands wide,
the sheepbells tinkled, the angels cried
joy to the dreaming countryside.

The three kings bowed at the stable door,
their raiment trailed on the dusty floor.
They saw the sign they had journeyed for.

The kings came last in a lordly throng.
The shepherds ran in the space of a song,
But the beasts had been there all night long.
Noel     Noel     Noel

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