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The power of God’s sustaining presence

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We enter into Holy Week with millions of people suffering in Syria, in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and so many other places in our world. As I reflected on Jesus’ suffering on the cross, I wondered what help and hope the crucifixion and resurrection gives us. I find that hope and help in the silent presence of God even in the midst of suffering. Often it is only in looking back that we can see that Presence in times of suffering. Occasionally we experience this sustaining Presence in the moment.   _______________________________  Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday homily                                         Lynne Smith, OSB …

The Last Days

Rosy Kandathil, OSB Letters home, Living in Community 20 Comments

It’s early April 2017 and I am approaching the final stretch of my master’s degree in scripture at Saint John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, MN. I’ve immersed myself in New Testament Greek and Old Testament Hebrew, taken theology and scripture classes, read volumes, written graduate level exegetical papers—all in preparation for this last semester of examinations. The next and last hurdle is my oral comprehensive exam, today, as I sit before a panel of professors who will probe my competence in the field of scripture and decide if I have demonstrated the level of proficiency required to have earned a …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from April 2, 2017

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John 11: 1-44 Homily by Colleen Hartung April 2, 2017   To be honest, the story of Martha, Mary and the death and resurrection of Lazarus is not one of my favorites.  I find myself aligned with the crowd and their question, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”  And I just can’t quite wrap my mind and my heart around the idea that this family should suffer so that others might see and for the sake of glorifying God.  But, lucky for me since I had this homily to …

April 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. No month ends or begins overnight. Events can be a few weeks early or late. General …

Patti La Cross’ Homily, March 26, 2017

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First I would like thank Lynn for replacing the scheduled reading of Samuel’s call this morning with the female prophet Huldah. I appreciate hearing of another hidden figure in the history of our faith.   Today’s Gospel story is set in a culture ruled by the sin police Jesus chose to enlighten both the blind man and all who would listen not on the origins of disability, but on the life available to those who join in his new creation. Jesus meets this man as he is, accepting him into the full mercy of God, and the community of disciples. …

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?

Lynne Smith, OSB Building Community, Living in Community 0 Comments

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

Rosy Kandathil, OSB Letters home, Living in Community 6 Comments

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 …

March phenology (the awakening season)

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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. No month ends or begins overnight. Events can be a few weeks early or late. …