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 …

Sister Rosy and friends holding sign reading "The Resistance is HERE"

Three cities: One community of Benedictines – Women’s March 2017

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Saturday, January 21, 2017, is a day that I will remember for a long time. The day after the presidential inauguration, I woke early to join a group of women that I had been meeting with regularly to head into Minneapolis. When we got to the Twin Cities, we planned to rendezvous with other friends from Saint Johns School of Theology carpooling for the Women’s March. No one knew what to expect, but in the car we ventured our guesses. Maybe 10,000 or 20,000 would show up for the march? Who knew? What I did know was that in Madison, …

February 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. Characteristics Daylight increases to 11 hours during the month The sun is higher and melts snow …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily, January 29, 2017

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Great Crowds and Unbidden Blessings Matthew 5: 1-12 A Homily by Colleen D. Hartung January 29, 2017   And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.  When Jesus saw the crowds he went up the mountain and he sat down (Matthew 4:25-5:1)   In today’s scripture, the author of The Gospel According to Matthew tells us that a great crowd of people gather at the foot of a mountain somewhere in Galilee.  This gathering of people is the first in a series of gatherings in this gospel including the feeding of …

Dear Mr. President - a letter from religious leaders

Leadership for these times

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What kind of leadership is called for in these times? Several recent experiences come together to shape an answer to this question: The uneasy transition to new national leadership in our country A book shared by Maureen Van Dinter, a member of our Benedictine Women of Madison Board of Directors at a recent board meeting, titled The Servant Leader, by Blanchard and Hodges The recent publication of a Joint Letter to President Trump from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) The recent Statement by Major Christian Organizations on President-Elect Trump’s …

New books in the library—February 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books! February 2017   Even if your New Year’s resolutions have gone by the wayside you can challenge yourself to continue showing goodwill towards family members, neighbors and coworkers. Yes, even the person who cut you off in traffic this morning. Since you’re not spending all that free time at the gym, you can still start the year out right. Come to Holy Wisdom Monastery for daily prayer, to walk the grounds, or reflect with a spiritual guide. We hope to see you soon. The monastery library has …

Snowshoeing at Holy Wisdom Monastery

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Madison College group members enjoy the Holy Wisdom Monastery grounds by snowshoe.   Holy Wisdom Monastery is working with Redfeather Snowshoes to offer registered meeting or retreat guests at Holy Wisdom Monastery the ability to get outside and snowshoe on our 130 acres of land. This winter Holy Wisdom Monastery purchased 11 pairs of Redfeather Conquest snowshoes that will be free for meeting and retreat guests to use. Contact Amanda Conway at 608-836-1631, x100 or aconway@benedictinewomen.org if you are interested in bringing a group to Holy Wisdom Monastery this winter. Contact Monica Jefcoat at 608-836-1631, x158, or mjefcoat@benedictinewomen.org if you are interested in coming …

January 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 in January. 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. Characteristics Coldest month Days gradually lengthen Stars are very bright on cold, clear nights Resident birds …

The creative tension of opposites

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I recently read a quotation on creative tension that has me intrigued. It was entitled: The Tension of Opposites and the Power of Love: “… all our lives we are faced with the task of reconciling opposites which, in logical thought, cannot be reconciled… How can one reconcile the demands of freedom and discipline in education? Countless mothers and teachers, in fact, do it, but no one can write down a solution. They do it by bringing into the situation a force that belongs to a higher level where opposites are transcended—the power of love… Divergent problems, as it were, …