Benedictine Sisters win international Assisi Award for conservation efforts spanning more than 60 years

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The Benedictine Sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery received the inaugural Assisi Award for faith-based conservation at the 28th International Congress of Conservation Biology’s Opening Ceremony on July 23, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia in front of nearly 1,500 attendees. The Assisi Award acknowledges organizations and individuals whose work demonstrates that faith-based conservation is contributing significantly to the common global effort of conserving life on Earth. Sisters Mary David Walgenbach and Joanne Kollasch accepted the award on behalf of their religious community located near Madison, Wisconsin. Their community is the first ecumenical Benedictine community in North America where Catholic and Protestant women …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from August 13, 2017

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily 8.13.17 1 Kings 19:9-18, Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33   Put yourself in Elijah’s place.  Some really dangerous people who have killed your friends are looking to kill you.  Unlike them, you are unarmed.  So you are hiding out to save yourself.  But suddenly a stranger—soon to be a friend—momentarily unnamed, finds you and asks why you are holed up in a cave?  As Elijah did, you tell your story to the stranger.  As was the case with Elijah, your friend, happens to be Yahweh.  Or to use a modern term, your friend happens to be God. Next …

Get ahold of yourself

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Recently I’ve been pondering the story in Matthew 14:22-33. This is the story of Jesus coming across the water at night to the disciples who are being tossed around by a storm on the lake. I am often drawn to the interaction between Peter and Jesus in Peter’s failed attempt to walk on water to Jesus. But this time, the line that caught my attention was “Take courage, it is I. Do not be afraid.” My lectio led me to consider how I might look for Jesus coming to me in the stormy times of my life. At midday prayer …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from August 6, 2017

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Aug 6, 2017   Isaiah 55: 1-5; Rom. 9: 1-5; Matt. 14: 13-21   “What about the Jews?”   INTRODUCTION   As you have sometimes heard, we homilists occasionally complain about being dealt a hand of “difficult texts” – biblical passages that are either obtuse, maybe offensive, or hard to put together. I can make no such complaint today! I have been dealt a full, rich hand in the passages from our first and third readings, Isaiah and Matthew – beautiful, fertile images and metaphors of abundant food for all: “Wine and milk that can …

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August 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. August Phenology I have kept records of August observations for many years. My entries for August …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from July 30, 2017

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The Parables:  An interrupting, corrupting and transformative vision Homily, July 30, 2017 Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 Colleen Hartung   Today’s gospel begins with the last two parables that Jesus shares with the crowds gathered on the shore at the Sea of Galilee; the gathering we have been hearing about for the last couple weeks.  In today’s reading, Jesus says to this crowd that the Reign of Heaven is like a small mustard seed that grows into the greatest of shrubs providing shelter for the birds of the air.  It is likely, there are people in the crowd that chuckle and …

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 …