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 …

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 …

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 …

New books in the library—January 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books! January 2017 The presents are unwrapped and perhaps returned or broken already. Store managers are stocking the shelves with Valentine candy and the tree is losing copious amounts of pine needles as it is being escorted to the curb for pickup. Is the holiday really over? Is it time to pack it away with the glass ornaments and hopelessly tangled tree lights? No! The spirit of Christmas—the spirit of giving—has no time limits. It’s a way of thinking, of living, that we can take with us every …

New books in the library—December 2016

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books! December 2016 Why do we immediately think of gift shopping, holiday decorating and parties when we think of December? Is it because we think the only way to celebrate Christmas is with trees and gifts and delicacies? Advent provides the ideal time to pray, meditate and reflect on what Christmas really is and why we celebrate it. The monastery library has recently added the following books to its collection: Barth, Hans-Martin.  The Theology of Martin Luther.  Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013. Beavis, Mary Ann.  Hebrews.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical …

New books in the library—November 2016

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books! More than 1,500 years ago, Benedict of Nursia wrote the Rule, a guide for living in community. Benedict’s Rule concentrated on hospitality, prayer, community life and how to create balance among these different dimensions of life. The Rule proved to be timeless. It still has something to offer Christian women and men of the 21st century. The monastery library has recently added the following books to its collection: Barth, Hans-Martin.  The Theology of Martin Luther.  Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013. Beavis, Mary Ann.  Hebrews.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical …

New books in the library—October 2016

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books! Does it seem like everyone, from television to the newspaper to your family, have ideas about what you should be doing now that autumn has rolled around again? Am I going to add my voice to all the others overwhelming you? Yes, but before you shut me out, I want to propose that you celebrate autumn at Holy Wisdom Monastery. I propose you celebrate autumn at the Monastery by: 1) walking one or all of the nature trails, 2) participating in daily prayer; 3) browsing in the …

New books in the library—September 2016

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books! The new school year is upon us, and the beginning of autumn isn’t far behind. Soon the trees will be clothed in brilliant shades of orange, yellow, and red. And the crisp air will be filled with the sounds of Canadian geese winging their way south. Take some time to enjoy the changing of the seasons and participate in a program or arrange a personal retreat at the monastery or browse the library collections. We hope to see you soon. The monastery library has recently added the …

New books in the library—August 2016

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books! Groan. If the store ads are any indication, the start of the new school year is looming closer and the summer clearance sales are starting. Even Holy Wisdom Monastery’s deadlines are looming for the Benedictine Retreat with Sister Helen Prejean, Prairie Rhapsody concert and Ecology & Spirit, programs and events we’re offering in September and October. But there’s still plenty of summer to enjoy! Come to the monastery and use that time to admire a prairie ablaze with summer wild flowers or revel in the quiet coziness of …

New books in the library—July 2016

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books! What with July fourth fireworks to ogle over, picnics in the park to savor, high school reunions to survive and vacation plans to make, quiet meditation and spiritual reflection are probably way down on your summer “to do” list. But when you stop and think about it, these personal enrichment activities are as important now as they were last winter. Visit the monastery and rediscover this quiet oasis, the beautiful setting and our well-stocked library! We hope to see you soon. The monastery library has recently added …