Holy Week: A Time to Retreat

Car McGinley Leave a Comment

This retreat provides Christian women the opportunity to participate in the liturgies of Holy Week with the sisters of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Participants share in conversation with the sisters reflecting on themes of the week and their own life stories. Participants will consider the various ways that new life, new imagination, new vision can arise from dead ends, and chaos. In addition to the liturgies and meals with the community, the days include ample silence and solitude along with time for individual and group reflection. Facilitator Sister Lynne Smith, OSB has been a sister at Holy Wisdom Monastery since 2000. Prior to entering the …

Holy Week prayer schedule

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All are welcome to join the sisters in daily prayer. The schedule is slightly different during Holy Week: 7:35 am – 7:55 am: Centering Prayer (Tuesday-Saturday) 8:00 am – 8:30 am: Morning Prayer (Every day) 11:45 am – 12:00 pm: Midday Prayer (Tuesday-Saturday) 4:30 pm – 4:55 pm: Evening Prayer (Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday) 4:55 pm – 5:15 pm: Centering Prayer (Tuesday and Wednesday)

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The power of God’s sustaining presence

Lynne Smith, OSB Building Community, Homilies, Living in Community Leave a Comment

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 …