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Janet Neurauter 65th Anniversary, Care for the Earth, Hospitality, Living in Community, Prayer & Worship Leave a Comment

On March 11, 1953 sisters Monica Black, Annunciata Byrne and Martha Glaser of the Sisters of St. Benedict arrived by train from Sioux City, Iowa where their community had been located for 56 years. While the rest of the sisters stayed in Iowa, these three sisters moved north to Madison, Wisconsin, at the invitation of the Bishop, to build a monastery and open a girl’s high school. Much has changed in the 65 years since the sisters stepped off the train and into a new adventure which would transform lives and land. To celebrate the past, cherish the present and …

Romance at the monastery?

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February is the month most associated with romance. The reasons are somewhat lost to history but may be due to celebrations for martyred Christian saints with romantic ideals or practices rooted in pagan festivals. Most likely traditions can be attributed to both resulting in our modern Valentine’s Day where expressions of adoration and token gifts are shared by those who live in North America, parts of Europe and Australia. Now, a monastery may not be the first place you think of when you think of romance, but romance lives strongly at Holy Wisdom Monastery in February and throughout the year. …

Scripture Commentary for February 25th (Year B)

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SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT FIRST READING Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16 In the Abram/Abraham story that precedes our reading, God has once blessed Abram, twice promised to make him the father of nations, and three times promised to give him the land of Canaan.  At one point he puts Abram in a trance from which he sees God performing an ancient ritual of loyalty, a burning torch representing his presence (15: 7-17).  These repetitions are in part explained by the fact that the accounts were written by three authors.  Our reading consists of two short passages lifted out of the most …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily for February 18, 2018

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Every Rainbow is Good News Mark 1:9-15 Colleen Hartung   Today’s readings are connected by a thread that takes us from Genesis with its rainbow set by God in the heavens as a promise to never again destroy the earth by a flood to The First Letter of Peter where the author claims that the catastrophic flood of Genesis, which only 8 people survive, prefigures Christian baptism to the Gospel of Mark with its baptism of Jesus and the proclamation of good news.  Collapsing this series of associations, rainbow to flood, flood to baptism, and baptism to good news would …

Serving others, being served

Lynne Smith, OSB Living in Community 2 Comments

A couple weeks ago when we had snow on a Sunday morning, I got up early to plow the driveways at home. The snow blower on the tractor wasn’t working properly so it took longer than usual. I saw the problem, but couldn’t fix it myself especially in single digit temperatures in the dark of pre-dawn. I made a mental note to contact Paul, our groundskeeper, to see if he could fix the trouble on Monday so it would be ready for the next snow. Later that morning at the monastery, before Sunday Assembly, someone told me of a friend …

Scripture Commentary for February 18th (Year B)

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FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT   FIRST READING Genesis 9: 8-17   God proclaims an unconditional covenant with Noah and his descendants, that is, no requirement is laid on mankind:  God will never again send such a flood.  The bow in the sky at the time of rain is for God to see to remind him of his promise.  We take the bow in the clouds to be a rainbow, but the Hebrew word for bow never means an arc; it means a weapon.  God formerly used the bow to cast lightening against the earth (see Psalms 7, 18; Habakkuk 3: …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from February 11, 2018

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Feast of the Transfiguration 2 Kings 2: 1-12/2 Cor 4: 3-6/Mark 2:2-9 2.11.18   A.  My homilist’s assignment today is to reflect with you on the Transfiguration. Given the account in Mark’s Gospel, that’s quite a challenge.   Jesus goes up to a high mountain with three of his friends and suddenly his body starts to glow. Figures long dead suddenly appear … A voice booms from a suddenly formed cloud… and I loved this detail: His garments become “dazzling white such that no one on earth could bleach them.” That verse had a familiar ring for me, and after …

The gift of encuentro

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Last November, Sister Lynne Smith, Sister Paz Vital and I headed up to Milwaukee for a conference on the future of religious communities in the United States. The theme of the conference was Encuentro, and the focus was around the great diversity of cultures in this country and the changing face of religious communities as greater numbers of women and men born outside the US join American religious orders. The keynote speaker was Sister Teresa Maya, president-elect of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious. A native of Mexico City, she is a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate …

Libby Caes’ Homily from February 4, 2018

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Libby Caes Feb 4 Mark 1:29-39, Isaiah 40:21-31, I Corinthians 9:16-23   Five years ago when I realized I needed to retire my biggest fear was that I would be bored. Looking back, I am aware there was a larger existential issue: What is the meaning/value of my life when I am no longer working? Like many of you, I had invested a lot to become and be the professional that I was. What would it be like to step away from the demands and dictates and structure of my job/calling? My identity, not the fear of boredom, was the …

February 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. Characteristics Daylight increases to 11 hours during the month The sun is higher and melts snow …