A Gathering of Blessings, Reflections, and Poems for Spiritual Growth
Some of Sr. Joyce Rupp's most perennially popular books have been collections of her original prayers, blessings, poems, and reflections. In Prayer Seeds, the bestselling author and retreat leader offers almost a hundred new selections on a variety of themes such as the feasts and seasons of the liturgical year, compassion, ministry, difficult times, and important events-all suitable for personal or group prayer. Learn more.
"Joyce Rupp is one of the best Christian spiritual guides writing today."
-Rev. James Martin
Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, international retreat leader, and conference speaker. She is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Praying Our Goodbyes, Open the Door, and Fragments of Your Ancient Name. Rupp is a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community and codirector of the Boundless Compassion Program. She lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.
When I had only been living in Albuquerque, New
Mexico a few weeks I participated in the Women’s Rally at the Civic Center. It
was my first public action as a Roman Catholic Woman Priest in this town. I was
so excited to bring my sign, cards, and literature about our movement to the
march to let everyone know that “women priests are here!”
I looked for a place to stand so that my sign was
clearly visible to the crowd. Occasionally people would smile at me and ask to
take a picture of my sign. Toward the end of the rally a man who was wearing a
priest collar came toward me, smiled, said “thank you,” and asked if he could
get a picture of both of us holding my sign! I was thrilled and asked if I
could also use my camera to get a picture of the two of us holding the sign.
After that I gave him my card and he left telling me that he would send me an
When I left the rally I remembered that this priest
was wearing a jacket that said “St. Marks” I assumed he was an Episcopal priest
and I searched the Internet to see if there was an Episcopal church in
Albuquerque with that name. I found St Marks Episcopal Church on the list and
concluded that he was part of that parish. My experience thus far told me that
a male, Roman Catholic priest would not be comfortable supporting our movement
publicly. The only male priest I know who does this is Roy Bourgeois. I have
always longed to find other brave, Roman Catholic male priests who are
courageous enough to support our movement.
A week later I received an email from the priest
and was amazed to find that he is a Roman
Catholic priest on medical leave from his parish! The story from here oozes
In his first email to me, Father Greg attached a
write-up of his recent pilgrimage to Albuquerque that resulted our meeting at
the Women’s Rally. (Included below) When I first read this, it seemed too good
to be true so I did a little research about Father Greg on my computer. I found
the website of the parish where he currently is an associate pastor in
So how does a Roman Catholic Woman Priest from
Lexington, Kentucky meet a progressive male priest from Wilmington Delaware at
the Women’s Rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico? My only explanation is it was the
Spirit! There is even more about this that will support my conclusion.
When I was reading things on the website of
Resurrection Catholic Church in Delaware, I saw that Greg was a graduate from
St. Meinrad’s Seminary in Indiana. So when I responded to his email I asked him
if he knew Sr. Carmel McEnroy, who taught there and later was fired because she
signed a document supporting the ordination of women in the Roman Catholic
Church. Sr. Carmel began teaching a Lexington Theological Seminary after she
was fired from St. Meinrad.I was
in a class she taught on the Vatican II documents when I was a seminary student
Low and behold Father Greg knew Sr. Carmel very
well because she was his advisor and teacher at St. Meinrad! He knew all about
her support of women in the church and he supported her.Now many years later, at the Women’s
Rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico he is supporting our movement and me!Stay tuned for the amazing things that
Sophia Spirit is guiding us toward as our movement continues to grow in
The power of relationally - our deep connectedness- is emerging more and more as we are called to challenge the domination model of patriarchy. I find the deeper I immerse myself in love, the greater my spiritual energy. We are one and part of a blessed cosmic web of community and unity, deeply connected to all. Bridget Mary
"The Deer's Cry", attributed to St Patrick, is known by several names: "The Breastplate of St Patrick" and "Lorica" to mention two. It is a beautiful prayer celebrating a God within, among and around us.