Friday Autumn Poem

This poem was first sent to me by a dear friend, Mary Gormley Frenza. For years, we sent it to each other every autumn. This year it goes to all of you. May the harmony of leaf and flower be your companion today. APOLOGY TO MY NEIGHBORS IN AUTUMN In these still days far lovelierContinue reading “Friday Autumn Poem”

Gospel Reflection for September 20, 2020 – 25th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 55.6-9; Philippians 1.20-24,27; Matthew 20.1-16 “Call the workers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.  When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the daily wager.  Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more, but each received theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 20, 2020 – 25th Sunday Ordinary Time”

A Confirmation Program You Can Use at Home!

During this time of staying at home, zooming and online instruction, DREs and parents tell us our Confirmation programs are saving their lives. See for yourself. Our programs for Confirmation are popular with both Confirmation Directors and teens because they are — • an easy-to-use magazine format, • written to appeal to young people, • affordable, • perfect for at-home use. Continue reading “A Confirmation Program You Can Use at Home!”

Online Program for Adult Faith-Sharing

Sunday by Sunday, our faith-sharing weekly for adults, will be totally online beginning with the October 4 issue. It is ready for you to read on your phone, computer, tablet, iPad — the device that works best for you. You will find all 52 weeks of Sunday by Sunday right in your hands, ready to use, ready to share.  AllContinue reading “Online Program for Adult Faith-Sharing”

July 26, 2020, 17th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: 1 Kings 3.5,7-12; Romans 8.28-30; Matthew 13.44-52 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in joy goes and sells all he has and buys that field.” – Matthew 13.44 Sunday’s gospel begins with two parables about finding, selling, and buying. A farmer finds aContinue reading “July 26, 2020, 17th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 19, 2020 -16th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Wisdom 23.24, 26-29; Romans 8.26-27; Matthew 13.24-43 Jesus put another parable to the crowd. “The householder’s slaves came to him, “Master, did you now sow good seed in your field? Where did these weeds come from?” The master answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said, “Do you want us to go and gather them?” The householder replied, “No, inContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 19, 2020 -16th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Feast Day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Today is the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, who was declared a saint in 2012. We invite you to celebrate and learn her story. Visit goodgroundpress.com for weekly gospel reflections, daily prayers, and free online spiritual retreats.

Gospel Reflection for July 12, 2020 – 15th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 55.10-11; Romans 8.18-23; Matthew 13.1-23 “Other seeds fell on good ground and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” – Matthew 13.8 Jesus’ parable of the sower is prophetic. It promises that Jesus’ word will yield a thirty, sixty, hundredfold harvest. The yield, however, does not happen in the gospel narrative. When Matthew’sContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 12, 2020 – 15th Sunday Ordinary Time”

The Summer day

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver Who made the world?Who made the swan, and the black bear?Who made the grasshopper?This grasshopper, I mean–the one who has flung herself out of the grass,the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–who is gazingContinue reading “The Summer day”

Gospel Reflection for July 5, 2020 -14th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Zechariah 9.9-10; Romans 8.9, 11-13; Matthew 11.25-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11.28 The Wisdom books of the Hebrew Bible personify our human capacity of knowing as Lady Wisdom, who is with God from the beginning and in whom GodContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 5, 2020 -14th Sunday Ordinary Time”