Patti La Cross’ Homily from September 10, 2017

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Is everyone awake? Perhaps you were awakened by the start gun for the Ironman this morning. Yes, there are Ironmen and women out there today, while we are here. And we are grateful for each of you who are in this circle. Bathed in the light of God’s love, and in this sweet sunlight, you are golden.   In the privileged time I had over the past year with our grandchildren I was reminded of the Wakefulness that accompanies parenting little ones. So I smile to read this Gospel after having a visit with Ziggy, our little grandson yesterday, and …

Learning from the forest

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I recently listened to a TED talk by Suzanne Simard entitled, “How Trees Talk to Each Other.” Suzanne is a forest ecologist in British Columbia, Canada. Her research over the past 30 years has shown that forests are not just a collection of individual trees. Rather the trees in a forest are connected and communicate with each other through a vast, complex underground network of fungal highways called a mycorrhizal network. Through these networks trees transmit carbon and water, as well as defense signals when a tree is injured by disease or insects. Within this communication network there are hub …

New England aster with rigid leaf goldenrod

September 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. September Phenology The following September phenology is from my phenology notebooks. These phenomena do not occur …

New books in the library—September 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books!         September 2017   School is back in session, and fall isn’t far behind. Take some time to enjoy the changing of the seasons and participate in a program or retreat at the monastery. We hope to see you soon.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Benedict, Saint, Abbot of Monte Cassino.  The Rule of Benedict.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. Dear, John.  Thomas Merton, Peacemaker.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Duffy, Kathleen.  Teilhard’s Mysticism.  Maryknoll, NY: …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from August 20, 2017

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Pentecost XI Holy Wisdom Middleton, WI   Community and boundaries—that’s what all of today’s readings are about. In the reading from Isaiah, chapter 56, the prophet boldly revises the boundaries of the faith community of Israel.  Today’s reading omits verses 4 and 5 of the chapter, which is the boldest of these revisions. There the prophet writes “For thus says the Lord: to the eunuchs who…hold fast my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls a…name better than sons and daughters.” The prophet’s inclusion of eunuchs and foreigners in the faith community explicitly contradicts the words …

Benedictine Sisters win international Assisi Award for conservation efforts spanning more than 60 years

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The Benedictine Sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery received the inaugural Assisi Award for faith-based conservation at the 28th International Congress of Conservation Biology’s Opening Ceremony on July 23, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia in front of nearly 1,500 attendees. The Assisi Award acknowledges organizations and individuals whose work demonstrates that faith-based conservation is contributing significantly to the common global effort of conserving life on Earth. Sisters Mary David Walgenbach and Joanne Kollasch accepted the award on behalf of their religious community located near Madison, Wisconsin. Their community is the first ecumenical Benedictine community in North America where Catholic and Protestant women …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from August 13, 2017

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily 8.13.17 1 Kings 19:9-18, Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33   Put yourself in Elijah’s place.  Some really dangerous people who have killed your friends are looking to kill you.  Unlike them, you are unarmed.  So you are hiding out to save yourself.  But suddenly a stranger—soon to be a friend—momentarily unnamed, finds you and asks why you are holed up in a cave?  As Elijah did, you tell your story to the stranger.  As was the case with Elijah, your friend, happens to be Yahweh.  Or to use a modern term, your friend happens to be God. Next …

Get ahold of yourself

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Recently I’ve been pondering the story in Matthew 14:22-33. This is the story of Jesus coming across the water at night to the disciples who are being tossed around by a storm on the lake. I am often drawn to the interaction between Peter and Jesus in Peter’s failed attempt to walk on water to Jesus. But this time, the line that caught my attention was “Take courage, it is I. Do not be afraid.” My lectio led me to consider how I might look for Jesus coming to me in the stormy times of my life. At midday prayer …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from August 6, 2017

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Aug 6, 2017   Isaiah 55: 1-5; Rom. 9: 1-5; Matt. 14: 13-21   “What about the Jews?”   INTRODUCTION   As you have sometimes heard, we homilists occasionally complain about being dealt a hand of “difficult texts” – biblical passages that are either obtuse, maybe offensive, or hard to put together. I can make no such complaint today! I have been dealt a full, rich hand in the passages from our first and third readings, Isaiah and Matthew – beautiful, fertile images and metaphors of abundant food for all: “Wine and milk that can …