Prayer Seeds: A Gathering of Blessings, Reflections, and Poems for Spiritual Growth

Prayer Seeds: A Gathering of Blessings, Reflections, and Poems for Spiritual Growth

by Joyce Rupp

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933495989
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 03/03/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 207,401
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, spiritual midwife, international retreat leader, and conference speaker. She is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Praying Our Goodbyes, Open the Door, Fragments of Your Ancient Name, and Boundless Compassion. Fly While You Still Have Wings earned an award in the spirituality books category from the Catholic Press Association. Rupp is a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community and the codirector of Boundless Compassion program. She lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Advent and Christmas 1

A Christmas Prayer 2

Be Still 4

Christmas Birthing 7

Christmas Then and Now 8

Discover Divine Presence 9

Divine Love Incarnate in Us 10

Epiphany Blessing 12

Make Room for Emmanuel 13

Restoring Awareness 15

Silent Night, Holy Night 16

2 All Saints, All Souls 17

A Blessing of the Saints 18

All Souls Day 20

Strength of the Ancestors 21

3 Celebrations 25

Anniversary of Ordination 26

Birthday Meditation: Flower Garden Path 28

Birthday Reflection: Stories in the Ripples 29

Blessing for Mothers 30

A Litany of Fathers Everywhere 32

Valentine's Day: A Litany of Hearts 35

A Litany of Mothers Everywhere 36

Spring Equinox Rejoicing 39

St. Patrick's Day 41

4 Compassion 45

Canon of Hospitality 46

Courage and Compassion 48

Gratitude for Compassionate Presence 50

Prayer for Peace 52

5 Difficult Times 55

A Prayer for Strength 56

An Ember Still Aglow 57

Laying Down My Burdens 59

The Peace of the Life-Giver Be With You 60

Sentinel of Strength 61

6 Easter 63

Easter Renewal of Joy 64

Great Traveler 65

Holy Saturday 67

Hope 68

Spiritual Gestation 71

The Tomb of Resurrection 73

Turning toward the Risen Christ 75

7 Grief and Loss 79

Closing of the Casket 80

Distribution of Cremains 82

For One Who Grieves 84

In a Time of Grief 85

Tree Memorial in Honor of the Deceased 86

8 Lent 87

Body Blessing for Lent 88

Carrying Crosses 90

A Lenten Prayer 91

Moving Out of Exile 92

Opening the Heart to Love 93

The Home of Transformation 95

9 Marriage 97

Anniversary Blessing 98

Golden Wedding Anniversary Blessing 99

Marriage Blessing 101

Wedding Basket 103

10 Mary 105

Blessed Encounter 106

Litany of Mary 107

Opening Our Spirits as Mary Did 109

The Visitation 110

11 Meditations 113

Cradled by the Divine Mother 114

Dwell 115

Quieting Body and Spirit 117

Ritual of Forgiveness 119

Seeking Healing 121

The Container of Your Heart 123

You Are God's Temple 125

12 Ministry 127

A Listening Heart 128

Blessing of a Church Minister 130

In Giving We Receive 131

Ministry Blessing 135

Serenade of the Song Sparrow 137

Unwanted Tasks 138

13 New Year 139

Barbour's Universe 140

Letting Go and Welcoming 141

New Year Ritual for Women 143

Prayer of Fastening 145

Seven Gates of Transformation 147

Vessel of Love 149

14 Other 151

A Song for the Circle of Life 152

Entering a Fresh Day of Life 154

Eucharist 156

Labyrinth Prayer 157

Reading Paul Zimmer's Poetry 159

Summer Prayer of Inner Peace 160

Tapping of the Heart 162

The Glimpse 165

The Question 166

Unnamable God 167

Untangle the Nets 168

15 Pentecost 169

Breath of Life 170

Essence of Love 173

Filled with the Fire of Love 174

Pentecost Prayer 175

16 Thanksgiving 177

Abundance 178

Bringing in the Harvest 181

Generous Love 183

O Taste and See 186

17 Transitions 189

Leave-Taking Blessing 190

Moving to a Nursing Home 192

The Gate of Transition 194

In Times of Uncertainty 196

References 199

Alphabetical Listing of Prayers 201

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