New books in the library—April 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books!     April 2017 April brings the conclusion of Lent and the celebration of Easter. There’s still time to reflect on what we can do for others and how we can deepen our connection with God. We invite you to visit the monastery for community and individual prayer, spiritual guidance, or to browse the library, where you’ll find many spiritual resources. We hope to see you soon. The monastery library has recently added the following books to its collection:   Hopkins, Denise Dombkowski.  Psalms.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical …

Mary Gordon’s Homily, March 19, 2017

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Sermon: Woman at the Well I am always relieved when I look at the Gospel for the day I must give a sermon and find it’s one of the ones when Jesus is Lovable. He isn’t always. I don’t know what I’d do if I had to speak on the parts of the Gospel that make me want to turn away from him: when he curses the fig tree, tells the man not to bury his father, says divorce is out of the question. But today I was lucky, because I get to speak about one of my favorite Gospel …

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What is community?

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People often come to the monastery looking for community. Community is a slippery word that is used with a wide range of meanings and lots of unspoken expectations. We talk about community around the monastery because community is central to Benedictine life. But the question remains: what is community? We probably each have different understandings and expectations of what it means. I recently came across one definition that seems simple and helpful. It doesn’t say everything, yet it is a place to start. Charles Vogl, in his article, “Behind every strong leader is a strong community,” defines community as: “a …

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Chiaroscuro – light and dark in Lent

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It was Ash Wednesday, and I had a long day ahead of me. Clutching my coffee cup, I slumped down into my seat for my 8am Prophetic Traditions class with Fr. Dale Launderville. We had already made our way through Joel, Amos, Micah and Ezekiel, and now we were knee-deep in the miry waters of Isaiah. The knotty book of soaring poetry and evocative prose was also filled with obscure history, politics and various strains of editors. Flipping to a clean page in my notebook, I braced myself for a morning of busy note-taking. But Fr. Dale began with an …

Libby Caes’ Homily from Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Ash Wednesday, March 1 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21   We are all social creatures. Because we are social creatures, we care what other people think of us. Two autobiographies that Dave and I recently listened to illustrate this well. The first is from An Invisible Thread:  by Laurie Schroff. The author grew up in an Italian family on Long Island. Every night Laurie and her siblings would hold their breath wondering if Dad would come home calm or fighting his demons. If he was drunk her father would abuse her mother and brother. He would break furniture and throw whatever he …

New books in the library—March 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books! March 2017 With the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday, the Lenten season begins. Most of us immediately turn our attention to Easter Sunday. What about the time between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week? Are we using it to prepare for Easter? Are we taking this opportunity to reflect on what we can do for others and how we can deepen our connection with God? During March, we invite you to visit the monastery for daily prayer, to browse the library’s many resources, or to participate in …

Paul Knitter’s Homily, February 19, 2017

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time                                                              Feb. 19, 2017     DWELLING WITHIN US – ACTING THROUGH US (Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18; I Cor 3:10-11,16-23; Matthew 5: 38-48)  I. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: TO BE AS HOLY AND AS PERFECT AS GOD        A. Before I sit down to put a homily together, I try to give it a title; that helps to keep me focused on a central theme. For today’s homily, after an initial reading of today’s texts, the first title that came to mind was “Mission Impossible.”   Fearing, however, that that title might more readily elicit images of Tom Cruise …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily, February 12, 2017

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February 12, 2017 • 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time • Leora Weitzman Deuteronomy 30:15-20, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37   At first hearing, this all sounds like an impossibly tall order. And Jesus sounds dismayingly harsh. And yet, I believe what we just heard is an invitation Home… to a way of being that is deeply natural and brings profound peace. It’s an invitation, as T.S. Eliot says, “through the unknown, remembered gate” … to the way we were once upon a time. Once upon a time, before we learned to judge or use anyone or anything in God’s creation, …

Spiritual hunger – growing together

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Today, people young and old, are turning to Benedictine communities in their search for a balanced, meaningful way of living. Thanks to the wisdom of the Rule of Benedict, tested and lived out over time, Benedictine sisters embrace a way of life that provides for contemplation and service, meaning and growth in the company of others. Most Benedictine communities have flourishing oblate communities and retreatants who come for prayer, silence, spiritual mentoring and the presence and intimacy of community. In a blog about the new monasticism and the spiritual hunger of young adults, Jamie Manson notes that young adults are …

Libby Caes’ Homily, February 5, 2017

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February 5, 2017 Matthew 5: 13-16   Light and salt are both in great abundance in our culture. Go to Home Depot; there is a whole aisle of many different types of light bulbs. LEDs, CFLs, incandescent, fluorescent. Go to Woodman’s; salt comes in many sizes and colors and flavors. There is even low sodium salt! This abundance and variety remind me of how many different Christian denominations there are. Consider the Mennonites: there are over 100 different Mennonite association of churches. Many of them are splinter groups. Paradoxically or shamefully, a core value of Mennonites is peacemaking. I pick …