Visit goodgroundpress.com to print these pages of Easter prayers and reflections. Treat yourself and those you love to all seven weeks of Easter. Carry the prayer mantra in your pocket or purse to keep your heart happy and at peace.
We send our wishes for a blessed Holy Week and Easter along with a poem by one of our sisters. May the beauty of the awakening earth lift your heart this mid-April. Go to goodgroundpress.com to view the Easter issues of Sunday by Sunday.
Heart-waking is the word Sister Alice Smith invents to describe spring and Easter poetically in her April sonnet. Theologically the God who creates and sustains the cosmos is the God who raised up Jesus to new life and promises us lasting friendship. Liturgically Lent moves toward spring and Easter. In the northern hemisphere flowers andContinue reading “April Sonnet”
A few months ago, when the rocks were covered with snow, my family took a plane flight south to chase the sun. During our layover, we found a big open rotunda. My son, just over a year, ran around squealing with happiness. He pointed and pointed urgently out the big windows watching the planes andContinue reading “The Sacred Ordinary Now”
“Hang on,” I wrote to my friend yesterday, “Easter is coming.” A lot of people close to me are suffering. A friend’s transplant match fell through. A high school sophomore is having dark thoughts of hurting himself. My dad got a cancer diagnosis and is waiting to hear more about the implications. A friend wasContinue reading “Easter in This Life”
Sunday Readings: Acts 10.34, 37-43; Colossians 3.1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5.6-8; John 20.1-9 (10-18) Mary Magdelene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” (John 20.18) The act of raising Jesus from the dead reveals who God is — the one who gives life. By accepting death, Jesus reveals that God’s powerContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 27, 2016, Easter Sunday”
When Pope Francis announced the Year of Mercy last April he said, “Wherever the Church is present, the mercy of the Father must be evident. Wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy.” The Gospels for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent have vivid pictures of mercy. One more chanceContinue reading “Celebrate Mercy”
“To them I have revealed your name, so that your love for me may live in them.” – John 17.26 Whose kindnesses and love bring this text alive in your life? How can you, too, have Christ’s love live on in your daily tasks? Put a photo of someone you admire or love in aContinue reading “Ascension”
“Peace is my gift to you.” – John 14.27 Jesus promises his disciples peace. He sends them on Easter evening to be instruments of his peace and forgiveness as God has sent him. Be an instrument of peace in your family and office. Look over the day each evening to see how what the SpiritContinue reading “6th Week of Easter”
“I give you a new commandment: Love one another.” John 13.34 The risen Jesus makes “Love one another” the simple command he leaves with his friends. Love is not only a feeling but a verb, actions we do. Serve. Include. Forgive. Share. Reach out. Listen. Comfort. Pay attention to local and world news events aboutContinue reading “5th Week of Easter”