Discernment and the Spiritual Life: Prayer, Mindfulness, and Community

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In the midst of life’s mysteries and difficulties, the process of sorting through our feelings, experiences, and choices can be challenging. How do we make those choices? What is discernment? How is discernment practiced within the spiritual life? Gaining insights from such stories as Jesus’ temptation in the Gospel of Luke and others, we will explore these questions as we experience the process of discernment through lectio divina (divine reading), contemplative prayer, community, and mindfulness. Lunch is included. Dr. Andre B. Heuer  D. Min. LICSW has supported and challenged individuals for 40 years as a psychotherapist, educator, and pastoral minister working …

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 …

Holy Wisdom Monastery closed

Car McGinley 0 Comments

The monastery will be closed from noon on Friday, December 23, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017. Prayer & Worship Please join us for prayer in the oratory (monastery building lower level) and worship in the assembly room (monastery building main level) during this week at the following times: Morning Prayer daily at 8:00 am, except December 26, 2016 and January 2, 2017 Evening Prayer daily at 4:30 pm, except December 26, 2016 and January 2, 2017 There will be no daily Centering Prayer while the monastery is closed. Christmas Eve worship at 8:30 pm on Saturday, December 24, 2016 …

Nancy Breitsprecher

Changes and chances

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by Nancy Breitsprecher, Oblate class of 2002 Despite the pressure to live in the “now,” my gratitude is to Holy Wisdom Monastery and the oblate program that have led me along through my later years. Back in the 1980s I visited Saint Benedict Center—attending a few retreats, browsing the library as a new preacher.Becoming an oblate is to take a particular path through the “changes and chances of this mortal life,” as noted in many older books of common prayer. In 2001 my husband Paul and I came to a retreat and learned about Holy Wisdom Oblates. I was 70 at …