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, …

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 …

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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 …

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May 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. No two Mays are the same. Events can be a few weeks earlier or later than …

Patty Jenkins’ Homily for April 30, 2017

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A friend of mine noted that this passage from Luke is a story about stories. The women tell a story to the men, which is deemed an idle tale, but compelling enough for a couple of the men to go check it out for themselves. Apparently Simon Peter has told a story to the eleven about Jesus appearing to him, a story we are not told. Cleopas and his companion tell their story to Jesus, who is playing the trickster by hiding himself from them. Jesus tells stories from Moses and the prophets to the two on the road. The …

New books in the library—May 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books!     May 2017 May is one of my favorite months! Spring flowers are in bloom. Warmer weather (hopefully) has arrived. The evenings are longer, which means there’s more time to enjoy the outdoors. There are graduations to attend and Memorial Day weekend to savor as our summer kick-off. As part of your celebration of the month of May, attend daily prayer, stroll the nature trails, take a personal retreat, or visit the library and do some browsing. The monastery library has recently added the following books …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily, April 23, 2017

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Joseph Wiesenfarth First Sunday after Easter 23 April 2017 Acts 2:14a, 22-32; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31   This first Sunday after Easter has long been known as Low Sunday because in contrast to Easter Sunday it cannot possibly be as festive.  It is also less well known by the strange name of Quasimodo Sunday from the former introductory prayer of the Mass (Quasi modo geniti infants—that is, As you are newborn children), which referred to those newly baptized as well as to the Resurrection itself.  And although the apostle Thomas doesn’t quite fit into that class of person, his …

Paul Knitter’s Homily for Easter, April 16, 2017

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JESUS CONTINUES TO DO HIS THING (Acts. 10:34-43; 1Cor 5:6b-8; John 20:1-18)   This may not be the most appropriate way to begin an Easter sermon, but I have to be honest with myself and you: Scholars of the New Testament can’t really agree about just what happened on the first Easter morning.  They wrestle with two central questions, both of which, as we’ll see, are grounded in our first and third readings. Which came first, scholars ask:  1) The physical appearances of Jesus that enabled his followers to have faith in him, or 2) The enduring faith his followers …

David McKee’s Homily from Easter Vigil, April 15, 2017

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Easter Vigil 15 April 2017     Good evening everyone…and let me just say, ALLELUIA!   Don’t you just love this night?…the beauty and the elemental mystery of it all.  I think it calls for another shout-out of the A-word, which we buried on Ash Wednesday and have resurrected tonight: 1-2-3…ALLELUIA!   OK, good.  So much for “liturgy as pep rally.”  Now we have to get down to the hard stuff…and it really is hard stuff. Tonight, in our Easter celebration, if we choose to take it seriously, by taking it into our own hearts, we are brought face-to-face with …