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 …

New books in the library—June 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books!     June 2017 Summer can be just as busy as any other time of the year. There are graduations and weddings to attend, family reunions and vacations to plan, farmer’s markets and outdoor concerts to enjoy… In the midst of all these activities we still need quiet time. Why not make time to pray, seek out nature or discover the rich resources of the monastery library? We hope to see you soon. The monastery library has recently added the following books to its collection:   Benedict, …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily for May 21, 2017

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Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter Sunday, May 21, 2017   Now that we have experienced all this, now that God has taken us on this roller coaster ride from the depths of the torture and execution of Jesus, to the confused ecstasy of coming to terms with our experiences of the Risen Christ (and, at 6 Flags they brag about Goliath and its puny 4.5 G’s), what’s next?   That will be the question that preoccupies us for the next few weeks.  Actually, it’s the question that has preoccupied us for the last two millennia.   How do …

Jerry Folk’s Homily for May 14, 2017

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May 14, 2017 Easter Five Holy Wisdom Sunday Assembly   Today’s Gospel is a part of Jesus’ Farewell Discourse with his disciples on the night of his arrest. There’s a dark shadow hanging over Jesus. His conflict with the authorities has come to a head and it’s evident they are about to act against him. He is trying to prepare his disciples for what is to come and equip them to continue his mission after he is no long physically present with them. He speaks of his death as a journey to God. He tells the disciples that they can …

Susan Pearson receives a hug from Sister Mary David Walgenbach with Sister Lynne Smith standining close by.

Providing opportunities for transformation

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Over the years when people have worked with the sisters on marketing and getting the word out about the monastery, they often ask, “What is your product?” They are trying to help us articulate clearly the benefit the monastery provides to the public. It is a good marketing question, but it has never felt as if it quite fits what the monastery does. At the recent oblate retreat when the oblate candidates were sharing their personal rules and their experiences during the candidate year, it came to me that the “product” the monastery provides is transformed people. Actually that is …

Libby Caes’ Homily for May 7, 2017

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Libby Caes May 7, 2017 John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47 This is our second year of Wisdom Reads. Each year a Benedictine value is identified and then a book appropriate for all ages is selected that reflects this value. . This year’s read is Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. This year’s Benedictine value is community. If you haven’t read Seedfolks  there are copies the lobby reception area. You can also get it out of your local library.   If you’ve ever lived in a large urban area or in a low income neighborhood, you know about vacant lots. Vacant lots are a …