October phenology

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By Sylvia Marek Phenology is a science focused on observing and recording biological events from year to year and their relationships to the change of seasons and climate. These are the “normal” phenology events we expect to see here and in the Madison area this month. We would love to hear about what you are seeing on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Please comment on this post with what you are observing, where at Holy Wisdom and the date you observed the event. October Phenology The following favorite observations are from notes I have kept for many years. October …

Libby Caes’ Homily from October 1, 2017

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Libby Caes October 1, 2017 Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32   A few times during my former career as a hospital chaplain a staff person would say that a difficult patient needed a heart transplant. That always caught my attention. It wasn’t that the patient literally needed a new heart. What was implied was that the patient was really hard to work with, A radical attitude adjustment was needed. Ezekiel might have said the same thing. God’s people are constantly grumbling and whining that God’s ways are not fair. An attitude adjustment is needed. I can imagine God …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from September 24, 2017

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25th Ord • 9/24/17 • Jonah 3:10-4:11, Phil 1:21-30, Mt 20:1-16 • Leora Weitzman As Father Jerome said at this weekend’s retreat, If you insist on what you deserve, you will get… what you deserve. Jesus tells this story after Peter has said, “We have left everything to follow you! What will there be for us?”  The disciples have also been asking who is greatest in the reign of heaven, and Zebedee’s partner is about to ask that her sons sit at Jesus’ right and left in that reign.  These are the kinds of questions that have a teacher realize …

New books in the library—October 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books! More than 1,500 years ago, Benedict of Nursia wrote the Rule, a guide to living in community. Benedict’s Rule concentrated on hospitality, prayer, community life and how to create a balance among these different dimensions of life. The Rule proved to be timeless. It still has something to offer Christian women and men today. The monastery library has over thirty books on Benedict’s Rule, from translations to commentaries. Come browse through our collection and find an aspect of the Rule that calls to you. The monastery library …

Patti La Cross’ Homily from September 10, 2017

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Is everyone awake? Perhaps you were awakened by the start gun for the Ironman this morning. Yes, there are Ironmen and women out there today, while we are here. And we are grateful for each of you who are in this circle. Bathed in the light of God’s love, and in this sweet sunlight, you are golden.   In the privileged time I had over the past year with our grandchildren I was reminded of the Wakefulness that accompanies parenting little ones. So I smile to read this Gospel after having a visit with Ziggy, our little grandson yesterday, and …

Learning from the forest

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I recently listened to a TED talk by Suzanne Simard entitled, “How Trees Talk to Each Other.” Suzanne is a forest ecologist in British Columbia, Canada. Her research over the past 30 years has shown that forests are not just a collection of individual trees. Rather the trees in a forest are connected and communicate with each other through a vast, complex underground network of fungal highways called a mycorrhizal network. Through these networks trees transmit carbon and water, as well as defense signals when a tree is injured by disease or insects. Within this communication network there are hub …

New England aster with rigid leaf goldenrod

September phenology

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By Sylvia Marek   Phenology is a science focused on observing and recording biological events from year to year and their relationships to the change of seasons and climate. These are the “normal” phenology events we expect to see here and in the Madison area this month. We would love to hear about what you are seeing on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Please comment on this post with what you are observing, where at Holy Wisdom and the date you observed the event. September Phenology The following September phenology is from my phenology notebooks. These phenomena do not occur …

New books in the library—September 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books!         September 2017   School is back in session, and fall isn’t far behind. Take some time to enjoy the changing of the seasons and participate in a program or retreat at the monastery. We hope to see you soon.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Benedict, Saint, Abbot of Monte Cassino.  The Rule of Benedict.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. Dear, John.  Thomas Merton, Peacemaker.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Duffy, Kathleen.  Teilhard’s Mysticism.  Maryknoll, NY: …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from August 20, 2017

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Pentecost XI Holy Wisdom Middleton, WI   Community and boundaries—that’s what all of today’s readings are about. In the reading from Isaiah, chapter 56, the prophet boldly revises the boundaries of the faith community of Israel.  Today’s reading omits verses 4 and 5 of the chapter, which is the boldest of these revisions. There the prophet writes “For thus says the Lord: to the eunuchs who…hold fast my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls a…name better than sons and daughters.” The prophet’s inclusion of eunuchs and foreigners in the faith community explicitly contradicts the words …