New books in the library—June 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! June 2018 Summer is here! If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to dig out the sunscreen, flip flops, swimsuits and lounge chairs and head to the beach.   Not a beach person? Don’t like sand between your toes? Then, how about a walk through acres of restored native prairie or along the banks of a 10,000-year-old glacial lake? Does a home-cooked, nutritious meal and good conversation in a comfortable setting sound appealing?   Why not plan a personal retreat at the monastery, where you can find numerous books to stimulate …

New books in the library—May 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! May 2018 For many of us, May signals the start of our outdoor activities—mowing, raking, gardening and barbeques. And if I didn’t have your attention after barbeques, how about graduation parties to attend, Mother’s Day to celebrate, and Memorial Day weekend to savor as the kick-off to summer.   As part of your celebration of the month of May, come to the monastery and participate in one of the Wisdom Prairie workdays, stroll the nature trails, or visit the library and browse through its many resources.   We hope to see you …

New books in the library—April 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! April 2018   Put the chocolate Easter eggs aside, if you haven’t polished them off already, and come enjoy spring at the Monastery. Attend daily prayer, stroll the nature trails, visit the library and do some browsing. We hope to see you soon.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Posa, Carmel. A Not-So-Unexciting Life.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2017. Laffey, Alice.  Ruth.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Kiel, Micah.  Apocalyptic Ecology.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Nowell, Irene.  Wisdom.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Merton, …

New books in the library—March 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! March 2018   The month of March usually brings some much needed spring-like weather, which in Wisconsin translate to rain instead of snow. So, put the shovel away and dig out your umbrella. And consider visiting the monastery for weekday prayer, spiritual guidance, or browsing the library. We hope to see you soon.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Posa, Carmel. A Not-So-Unexciting Life.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2017. Laffey, Alice.  Ruth.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Kiel, Micah.  Apocalyptic Ecology.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. …

New books in the library—February 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! February 2018 We begin the journey through the season of Lent this month. Forty days in which to reflect on our spiritual lives and prepare for Easter. Consider participating in daily prayer at the monastery or taking a walk around the grounds or find a book in the library that speaks to you. We hope to see you soon.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Posa, Carmel. A Not-So-Unexciting Life.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2017. Laffey, Alice.  Ruth.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Kiel, Micah.  Apocalyptic …

Book repair at the monastery

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Monasteries of every tradition have a long history of preserving knowledge and books. For the last few months, while living at Holy Wisdom Monastery as part of the Sojourner program, I have been a small part of that tradition. Nancy Sandleback, collections manager at the monastery, came up with the idea after learning that I had some experience with book repair. I worked at Grimm Book Bindery in Madison over the summer, and continue to work there on Mondays. Most of the books from the monastery library only needed a small fix—a bit of glue to secure a spine or …

New books in the library—January 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! January 2018 The start of a new year is always a good time to re-evaluate ourselves and our lifestyles. Do we need to finally go on that diet or find a better way to handle stress or eliminate some of the stress factors in our lives? For a quiet place to reflect upon the year ahead, consider visiting the monastery for weekday prayer, a stroll around the grounds, spiritual guidance, or browsing the library. We hope to see you soon.  

New books in the library—December 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! December 2017 Everyday life can often feel hectic, as you juggle work, family, and social commitments. The holidays add to that stress—with gifts to buy and wrap, cards to write, the house to decorate, and parties to plan or attend. Instead of a joyful time, this can become a frenzied and upsetting one. We all need to step back and remember the true meaning of the Advent season. During the month of December, come to the monastery and attend a program or daily prayer or discover a treasure in the library. The …

New books in the library—November 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! November 2017 Blustery winds stir bare tree branches. Piles of leaves and grinning jack-o-lanterns line the curbs. Plumes of smoke waft from chimneys and geese honk overhead as they make their way to warmer climes. The newspapers are full of Christmas ads…It must be November! It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to turkey dinners, pumpkin pies, and Black Friday shopping. Have I forgotten something? Besides football games? Yes! November is the month to be thankful for all the above and for all we’ve received throughout the year and throughout …

New books in the library—October 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books! More than 1,500 years ago, Benedict of Nursia wrote the Rule, a guide to living in community. Benedict’s Rule concentrated on hospitality, prayer, community life and how to create a balance among these different dimensions of life. The Rule proved to be timeless. It still has something to offer Christian women and men today. The monastery library has over thirty books on Benedict’s Rule, from translations to commentaries. Come browse through our collection and find an aspect of the Rule that calls to you. The monastery library …