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 …

Holy Wisdom Monastery is Travel Green Wisconsin Certified

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Holy Wisdom Monastery is recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism On February 28, 2017 a representative of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism presented Holy Wisdom Monastery with a recognition certificate from the Travel Green Wisconsin program. Sisters Mary David Walgenbach, Joanne Kollasch and Lynne Smith accepted the award for Holy Wisdom Monastery with many coworkers in attendance. The program recognizes and promotes organizations dedicated to sustainable practices. In a press release Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett commented, “Wisconsin has a longstanding tradition of conservation and Travel Green Wisconsin is an opportunity for businesses to further distinguish themselves for their sustainable …

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 …

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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 …