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Gospel Reflection for December 16, 2018, 3rd Sunday of Advent

14 Dec

Sunday Readings: Zephaniah 3.14-18; Philippians 4.4-7; Luke 3.10-18

The crowd asks John the Baptist, “What should we do?” Let people with two coats give to people who have none. People who have lots of food should do the same.” – Luke 3.10-11

Crowds are listening to John the Baptist scold his hearers because they come seeking baptism, a sign of a new and changed life, but have made no changes. “Bear fruit worthy of repentance,” he says. The crowds wants specifics. The Baptist tells them to share their belongings and food with those who are without clothes and food. He tells the tax collectors to collect only the money taxes require. John calls them to do justice in their everyday life and work. When people wash in the Jordan, they commit to just living. Baptism expresses this commitment. John teaches that uncleanness is a spiritual rather than a physical condition.

What is your experience of water cleansing and reviving you? What is a way you  have marked a turning toward God in your life?


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Our Lady of Guadalupe Story

11 Dec

Our Mother Who Art

Tomorrow is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Click here for 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 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 also created the art for Holy Women, Full of GraceClick here for sample pages and to order online, or call at 800-232-5533.

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Gospel Reflection for December 9, 2018, 2nd Sunday of Advent

7 Dec

Sunday Readings: Baruch 5.1-9; Philippians 1.4-6, 8-11; Luke 3.1-6

“A herald’s voice in the desert cries out: ‘Make ready a road for God. Clear a straight path for God. Every valley shall be filled; every mountain and hill shall be leveled.’” – Luke 3.4-5

John the Baptist heralds the turning point in history by which much of the world marks its calendar. His preaching echoes the prophet Second Isaiah, who called the exiled Israelites to come home  to Jerusalem and be a people, to rebuild their ruined city and temple. God will lead them. Second Isaiah’s imagines God straightening hairpins turns, filling impassable crevasses, and smoothing exhausting terrain to lead the people home through the wilderness. The message invites us to ask what road we are traveling. Is it full of traffic? Is it fast? Or scenic? Where does it lead?

Where is home? What relationships are you building to call home? 


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Christmas Gifts To Nourish Our Souls

5 Dec

We have the answer to at least a few of your gift needs. 

 

Holy Women, Full of Grace
Sister Joan’s new book features Jesus’ first women disciples and asks their prayers. The portrait of each woman calls readers into her story and into their own prayer. Both women and men enjoy this book. 32 pages. 1-9 copies, $8.00 each; 10-99 copies, $7.00. Order online or call 800-232-5533.





Advent Names of God
The O Antiphons are the Church’s prayer for the last days of Advent.
Each of these cards has been beautifully illustrated by Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ, and features a prayer-poem by Sister Joan. On the back of each card is the scriptural source for this name of God. The seven cards come in a case which becomes a standing easel. Only $15.00.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Protectoress of the Americas. We need to shelter under her cloak these days. Click here to see the card and read the prayer. $15.00 for a pack of 10 cards (envelopes included!). Order online or by phone.

 

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FREE ONLINE Advent and Christmas resources for you and your families. If you need a manger scene, just click here.

Praying the Advent Names of God

3 Dec

The O Antiphons are the Church’s prayer for the last days of Advent. Each of these cards have been beautifully illustrated by Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ and include a prayer poem written by Sister Joan. On the back of each card is the original antiphon and its scriptural sources. The seven cards come in a case which becomes a standing easel. Click here to view a sample.

Only $15.00 per set (price includes shipping!). Order online or give us a call at 800-232-5533. The O Antiphons are also available as 12″x18″ posters! Click here to order online.

Also, don’t forget to check out our FREE advent resources for your family or parish!

 

 

Gospel Reflection for December 2, 2018, 1st Sunday of Advent

29 Nov

Gospel Reflection for December 2, 2018, 1st Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 33.14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3.12-4.2; Luke 21.25-28, 34-36

“Stay watchful, praying for strength to escape what will happen and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21.36

Advent begins the Church year with a gospel that fairly froths with frightful images. The gospel reminds us that no matter how threatening personal or world events, we live from beginning to end in the embrace of God. In our experience of being alive, we find God within us. In turning to one another and bridging our separate selves, we find God among us. In experiencing our human limits, we find we have heart and hope for mystery—God beyond us. The God of our beginning is the God of all we will become.

Whether we see Jesus’ coming again as a threat or a fulfillment, the gospel challenges us to stay watchful and pray for strength. In living consciously, attentive to people and life within and around us, we will find God already with us.

What gives you hope this Advent? 


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Advent Is Right Around The Corner!

23 Oct

Our Advent issues of Sunday by Sunday bring both groups and individuals into the heart of the Sunday Gospels for this season. Only $4.00 per person (on orders of 10 or more). Call 800-232-5533 to order or visit goodgroundpress.com to order online.

Check back often for more Advent resources as we get closer to the season.

 

Gospel Reflection for December 24, 2017, 4th Sunday of Advent

20 Dec

Sunday Readings: 2 Samuel 7.1-5, 8-12, 14-16; Romans 26.25-27; Luke 1.26-38

“Nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1.37

In Mary, the Most High overshadows and dwells in a human person, intensifying God’s presence among us. The same God who created all that is makes the impossible come to be in Mary, who is young and objects to the angel she is a virgin.

With the wholehearted yes of this teenager, God will become human. She will feel the first stirrings of salvation within her womb. God’s Son will look like her. She will nurse and rock him after he is born. With Mary’s yes to God’s invitation to be Jesus’ mother, the Creator moves to make us whole.

In her Magnificat, Mary blesses God for showing mercy to her people, for raising up the poor, for filling the hungry. In saying yes, she trusts God’s promises to her people and to her.

What do you remember about how you responded to God in your teen years? How have you lived out your early response?


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Mary says yes to God

20 Dec

Our Christmas gift to you are these two reflections on Mary of Nazareth: Mary’s Heart & Hearth and Fra Angelico’s The Annunciation. If it is hard to find time to pray during this busy week, let these words about Mary be your prayer.

We wish you every blessing this Christmas.

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.

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