New books in the library—August 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books!       August 2017 Summer is half over and the stores are subtly (or not so subtly) reminding us that the school year will be starting again soon. Before the hectic school year returns, take time to contemplate the beauty of summer, find some peace within and participate in a program 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. …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from July 23, 2017

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July 23, 2017 • 16th Sun Ord. • Is 44:6-8, Rom 18:12-25, Mt 13:24-30, 36-43 • Leora Weitzman   Dear to the heart of many a writer is Anne Lamott’s advice to produce terrible first drafts.  The language she uses is too salty for this sacred setting, which is part of what makes it so down-home reassuring.  She says to get the whole draft out, resisting the temptation to fine-tune as you go.  If you stop to weed out imperfections, you may quickly find yourself second-guessing the good stuff, much as first-century Israeli farmers could mistake immature wheat for a local …

Mary David Walgenbach’s Homily from July 9, 2017

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We are celebrating Benedictine spirituality this weekend, beginning with our summer Oblate retreat which is usually scheduled close to the Feast of Benedict and Scholastica on July 11th.  And we are culminating the weekend with Paz Vital’s first profession into the Sisters’ community at Holy Wisdom. Paz grew up in Mexico City with her parents, who are here today, along with six of her brothers and families from Los Angeles, CA.  Paz is the third youngest of nine children.  She liked to study and earned her doctorate in Biomedical Sciences from the National University of Mexico.  She moved to Houston, …

David McKee’s Homily from July 2, 2017

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13th. Sunday in Ordinary Time July 2, 2017   2 Kings 4:8-17, Romans 6:12-22 3, Matthew 10:40-42     This morning, I’m afraid I may be accused of trying to curry favor with the Sisters.  My encounters with today’s readings have moved me to chew on two of the core Benedictine values: hospitality and stability. These values are foundational for many of us; directly for those of us who are oblates of this monastery, and indirectly for all of us who worship here and are nourished by the atmosphere of this place.  The spirit of St. Benedict and his Rule …

July 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. July Phenology The following July events are from observations I have recorded over the years: Unusually …

New books in the library—July 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books!       July 2017 The monastery library, a quiet place with a beautiful view and stimulating reading, recently added the following books to its collection: Benedict, Saint, Abbot of Monte Cassino.  The Rule of Benedict.  Collegeville, MN:    Liturgical Press, 2016. Fletcher, Christine.  Saint Benedict for Boomers.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017 Gillman, Florence Morgan.  1 Thessalonians.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. Hopkins, Denise Dombkowski.  Psalms.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. Huizenga, Annette Bourland.  1-2 Timothy, Titus.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. Loufe, Andre.  In the School of …

Two icons depicting the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah: Abraham & Sarah carrying food and drink and three guests seated at table

Welcoming the future

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In preparing some thoughts on hospitality to share with our Benedictine Women of Madison Board, I came across an article Sister Joanne Kollasch wrote in 1984 for a meeting of the American Benedictine Academy. She includes a quote from a conference by the late Demetrius Dumm, OSB, a monk and Scripture scholar from St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA. It sent my thinking about hospitality in a new direction. Here is what Demetrius Dumm said: In Scripture, the entertaining of guests and the entertaining of strangers is the entertaining of mystery; this is to make room for that which is not …

Rosy Kandathil’s Homily from Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Trinity Sunday: June 11, 2017 Genesis 1:1, 26-31; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20 By Rosy Kandathil   Last Saturday, I attended my friends’ wedding at Saint Johns in Collegeville, MN.  As many of you know, I have been working on a Masters in theology at Saint Johns for the better part of the last two years.  During that time, these two friends who were getting married last weekend had become particularly dear. They lived across the hall from me.  We had shared meals, stories, laughter and tears.  Our relationship meant a great deal, and I was so glad …

June 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. I have kept monthly phenology records for many years and the following are from my June …

Newly blossoming lupine on the prairie. Always we begin again.

Always we begin again

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I stopped short, confused. The sign read: “New Prairie Planting. This is no longer a trail.” But this was the path I always took, what had happened in my absence? As I continued walking, I encountered identical signs all over the north prairie of the monastery. The little meandering side paths I used to travel were no longer available to me. Instead a large central path had been recently mown, clearly directing the way I should go. The signs were evidence of a new trail design, but I couldn’t get past my frustration. Things had changed. I wanted what I’d …