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Prayer is an invitation

12 Sep

Who is being summoned in this Robert Francis poem?

Summons

Keep me going to sleep too soon
Or if I go to sleep too soon
Come wake me up. Come any hour
Of night. Come whistling up the road.
Stomp on the porch. Pound on the door.
Make me get out of bed and come
And let you in and light a light.
Tell me the northern lights are on
And make me look. Or tell me clouds
Are doing something to the moon
They never did before, and show me.
See that I see. Talk to me till
I’m half as wide awake as you
And start to dress wondering why
I ever went to bed at all.
Tell me the walking is superb.
Not only tell me but persuade me.
You know I’m not too hard persuaded.


Let us persuade you to take some time for your spirit as we begin autumn. Go to goodgroundpress.com and look at our online retreats. Scroll through the Quick Links at the right of the home page until you find them. Or let Holy Women, Full of Grace guide your prayer, or Living Like Francis Today grace your days. Perhaps our prayer for the day can be your daily bread. Let us keep one another in our hearts these days.

Sister Joan has a new book!

3 Aug

Sister Joan has created a litany for the women in Mark’s Gospel. Sister Ansgar joined the prayer by bringing the women to life with her art. We invite you to join us in prayer and reflection and in adding women in your life to the litany. Go to our website—goodgroundpress.com—to read sample pages. Only $8.00 per copy, less if you order for a group.

Softcover. 32 pages. $8.00 (bulk prices available).

 

 

A Prayer For Today

20 Jul

New Beginnings

Spirit of Life, bless us as we enter this new time,
and as we bless one another in peace.
In this time of hope we wish to affirm life for all.
We commit ourselves again
to bring your hope of freedom
to all who suffer despair.
Fill us with a thirst for your justice
and teach us to move beyond
reliance on empty promises and false hopes.

Spirit of Life, renew our vision of a different possibility,
a different world.
Open the eyes of those who are fed
to the cries of the hungry.
Move the hearts of those who are whole
to offer healing to those who suffer.
Turn our eyes inward and outward
to the beauties within and without.
Help us to care for your presence
in the sap-filled plants, in the soaring birds,
in the murmuring ocean
in the gurgling streams with their families of fish,
and in our own hearts,
often broken, sometimes healed.

Spirit of Life, renew our dreams.
Help us to attend to your voice
and to know your call amid all the others.
Repair our dreams for the future
when they have become ragged.

Bless all the women of the future,
and grant them loving and listening friends and family.
Open for them a way of peace
so that their children and their children’s children
may receive an inheritance
of womanly grace and hope.
Amen, We Pray. Amen

– Hildegarde of Bingen


We send you this prayer from a 12th century woman to bless your day. It is found in Praying with the Woman Mystics by Mary T. Malone (The Columba Press, 2006).

Visit goodgroundpress.com for daily prayers and blessings.

Blessings on this Fourth of July!

4 Jul

Photo via Flickr user littlestar19

 

Our 4th Of July blessing is the final two stanzas from the poem “One Today” by Richard Blanco, composed for President Obama’s second inauguration. We are all together under one sky in this nation and in our church, with hope waiting for us to name it. Thank you for being a blessing to all of us at Good Ground Press.

One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes
tired from work: some days guessing at the weather
of our lives, some days giving thanks for a love
that loves you back, sometimes praising a mother
who knew how to give, or forgiving a father
who couldn’t give what you wanted.

We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always–home,
always under one sky, our sky.  And always one moon
like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
and every window, of one country–all of us–
facing the stars
hope–a new constellation
waiting for us to map it,
waiting for us to name it — together.


Visit goodgroundpress.com for daily prayers, retreats, and scripture study.

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!

 

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