Sojourner diary—hopeful expectations

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Advent is a season of hopeful expectation. Nowhere is that more clearly illustrated for us than in the Gospel stories of mother-to-be Mary as she surrenders herself to God and then patiently waits for the Divine plan and purpose for her life to develop and emerge within her. I’m guessing from my own childbearing experiences that it wasn’t always easy or comfortable. For Mary, saying yes to the Spirit was risk. It was a guarantee that her life would change and that some of that change would bring pain. But, say yes to God also meant that she would be …

Sojourner diary

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Sojourner Diary Day 6 of Week 9 Today is the sixth day of the ninth week of my Benedictine Sojourner experience. I’ve been living in the community for two full months now, which isn’t all that long in the grand scheme of things, but somehow it feels like a great deal has happened to me in that time. Many things have changed and I can’t help feeling that once my sojourn is over, no matter what the future holds, I will not be quite the same person I was before I came here. This is a good thing. In my …

Sojourner diary

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Monday, October 15 Dear Reader(s), Back when Sisters Joanne Kollasch and Lynne Smith were in the process of discerning with me about becoming a Sojourner, I suggested that I should keep a journal as part of my three-month monastic experience. At the time of that well intended suggestion, I was envisioning myself being rested, relaxed and in a reflective state of mind. I imagined that I would be sitting serenely in some sunny corner of Bingen House with my journal in front of me and a pen in hand. I pictured having time to freely open my mind, spread out …