Advent Resources

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Praying the Advent Names of God

Make December brighter, more prayerful with the Advent Names of God. Seven images and prayers rooted in Israel’s longings for a messiah, reimagined in our evolving cosmos today. Only $10! Read sample pages and order online at https://goodgroundpress.com/product/advent-names-of-god/.

Gospel Reflection for December 22, 2019, 4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 7.10-14; Romans 1.1-7, Matthew 1.18-24 This is how the birth of Jesus came about. When his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her husband, an upright man unwilling too expose her to the law,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 22, 2019, 4th Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 15, 2019, 3rd Sunday of Advent

Gospel Reflection for December 15, 2019, 3rd Sunday of Advent Sunday Readings: Isaiah 35.1-6,10; James 5.7-10; Matthew 11.2-11 In his ministry Jesus is not hacking dead branches off the family tree of Israel nor winnowing hypocrites from among repentant sinners as John expected he would. Jesus is so different from the axe-wielding, chaff-winnowing judge thatContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 15, 2019, 3rd Sunday of Advent”

Our Lady of Guadalupe Story

Our Mother Who Art Today is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Read her story. Share it with family and friends. The art and prayer on this page are by Sister Ansgar, CSJ. May you and our whole continent be blessed by the Protectoress of the Americas. Happy feast day! You are the motherContinue reading “Our Lady of Guadalupe Story”

Gospel Reflection for December 8, 2019, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Gospel Reflection for December 8, 2019, 2nd Sunday of Advent Sunday Readings: Isaiah 2.1-5; Romans 13.11-14; Matthew 23.37-44 Ours are not the only troubled times. The prophet Isaiah describes in Sunday’s first reading an ideal king and a peaceable kin*dom. Small wonder, Isaiah lives in the years following the Assyria army’s destruction of the northernContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 8, 2019, 2nd Sunday of Advent”

Happy Eve of St. Nicholas!

Celebrate both St. Nicholas and Our Lady of Guadalupe this Advent. Click here to read, download, and print your own copy of Celebrate Advent Saints. Share their stories with family and friends. Visit goodgroundpress.com for more Advent resources for you, your family, and your parish.

Gospel Reflection for December 1, 2019, 1st Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 2.1-5; Romans 13.11-14; Matthew 23.37-44 “Be sure of this: If the owner of the house knew when the thief was coming he or she would keep a watchful eye and not allow the house to be broken into. You must be prepared in the same way. The Son of Man is comingContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 1, 2019, 1st Sunday of Advent”

Happy feast of St. Albert, patron saint of scientists and philosophers

We honor St. Albert, born 1200, by with this poem from another scientist and philosopher, St. Hildegard of Bingen, born 1098. As a woman, Hildegard was denied higher education, but she learned about the earth and its healing powers and about God from the nuns of Bingen. Both saints taught us that creation is ourContinue reading “Happy feast of St. Albert, patron saint of scientists and philosophers”