Gift Idea from Good Ground Press

For the “What should I get her?” person on your list: new books on the holy women in the gospels of Mark and Luke. This is the gospel story in four simple bites — the woman and Jesus in art, a short commentary, suggestions of ways to connect these stories with our own lives, and prayer in litany form. Even the Nones in your family circle will want copies of these adult stocking stuffers.

Only $8.00 each; $7.00 each if you buy ten or more. Shipping is free during November. Perfect gifts to inspire your book club, neighbors and relatives, church staff, friends. Call Lacy at 800-232-5533 to place your order and ask for free shipping, or order online.


 

We have wonderful free resources for Advent. Click here to go to the Advent page at goodgroundpress.com.

High-Interest Materials for
 Teen Religion Programs

Sexuality

Teens need to talk to begin to understand. Bob Bartlett’s stories and style are guaranteed to get them talking about how they experience intimacy. One good discussion makes this book worth every penny. Read the sample chapters and take advantage of our bulk prices.

 

 

 

Spirituality for Young Men

Guarding the Fire refers to young men’s soul energy.
If young men come to you about God, sex, life, death, despair/hope, you need this book. Ideal for spirituality classes, youth groups, father-son retreats. Read the table of contents and a sample chapter.

 

 

 

Teen-Led Prayer

We adults remember prayer times we have helped create. Give the gift of teen-led prayer to your youth groups or Confirmation class. Order now, so you can introduce the Advent prayers to your teens. Only $20. Check out the sample prayers.

 

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call Lacy at 800-232-5533.


Especially for Advent

No matter what program you use for your teen and Confirmation programs, you need SPIRIT Online for Advent. Available online for you, your teens, and their parents for only $2.00 per teen. You can print each issue, send it to phones and tablets, or post it on your website. Free lesson guide for you. Read an issue. Call Lacy at 800-232-5533 to place your order.

Living Like Francis Today

Live simply. Live prayerfully. Live in peace.

Living Like Francis Today puts you in touch with the God of love and mercy Pope Francis wants us to know. Each of the six short chapters begin and end with a simple prayer from scripture or from the writing of St. Francis. Short reflections invite you to apply the themes in your own life.

Read a sample chapter. Then call us to order copies for you and your seeker friends. Living Like Francis is only $5.50 per copy. Order online at goodgroundpress.com or call us at 800-232-5533. We will put your books in the mail the same day we get your order.


Get more out of the Sunday scripture readings for Advent and Christmas time with Sunday by Sunday. The issues for December 1 through January 12 are only $4.00 per person. Call Lacy at 800-323-5533 to order your copies today.

Gospel Reflection for November 3, 2019, 31st Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Wisdom 11.22-12.2; 2 Thessalonians 1.11-2.2; Luke 19.1-10

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through the city. There was a man there named Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector and a wealthy man. He was trying to see who Jesus was but he could not see on account of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. I must stay at your house today.” – Luke 19.1-5

Zacchaeus is so curious about Jesus that he climbs a tree to get a look. His curiosity leads in the end to faith in Jesus and willingness to repay fourfold all those he has defrauded in his tax collecting for the Romans. By climbing the tree, Zacchaeus opens himself to meeting Jesus, who invites himself as a guest into Zacchaeus’s life, reversing roles with the chief tax collector, who as the homeowner ought to invite the itinerant preacher to his house. In befriending an outsider and a sinner, Jesus draws this less than upright tax collector into the mystery of God’s unconditional love. This is Jesus’ mission—to seek out and save the lost; to reach out and enter our lives.

When have you felt lost? Who found you? Who has brought you into a community of acceptance and love?  


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The Advent Names of God

 

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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Gospel Reflection for October 27, 2019, 30th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Sirach 35.12-14,16-18; 2 Timothy 4.6-8,16-18; Luke 18.9-14

Two people went up to the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed these things concerning himself — “I give you thank, O God, that I am not like other people–greedy, unjust, adulterous–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give a tenth of all my income.” The tax collector, standing far off does not raise his eyes toward heaven. He beats his breast. “O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” – Luke 18.10-13

The Pharisee’s prayer peeks in its first four words, then it’s all about him. He is a good man, observant but boastful. If he were a practicing Catholic today, he might be an usher, musician at Sunday Mass, religion teacher, and volunteer at a soup kitchen. Pharisees practiced their religion. The Pharisee in the parable uses his practices not to express his faith in God but to separate himself from sinners.

The tax collector is a stock outsider among gospel characters. Usually known for overcharging, the tax collector works for the occupying Romans, work that makes him ritually unclean. Who left worthy in God’s sight? In the parable Jesus answers the sinner rather than the Pharisee.

Professor Amy Jill Levine notes that the Greek preposition para, translated “rather than” in the parable, can also mean because of or alongside. What if the parable ended that this man, the tax collector, went home justified alongside the Pharisee or because of the him. This nuance calls us to recognize how we affect one another.

How does your prayer insulate you from others? How does your prayer connect you with others? 


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The Advent Season

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.

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