April 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. No month ends or begins overnight. Events can be a few weeks early or late. “For …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from March 29, 2020

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God be in my mind, on my lips and in my heart that I may worthily proclaim your holy gospel. I imagine most of us have never had a Lenten experience quite like this.  Five and half weeks ago on Ash Wednesday we knew we had a crisis looming.  As we live through it, our emotional rollercoaster ride has taken us on a plummeting decline that has slowed to a crawl but is still headed downhill. Most unpleasant and scary on a visceral level. I dedicate this homily to those among us with the most to fear, those who have …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily from March 22, 2020

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Sunday Assembly Homily Fourth Sunday of Lent 2020 Steve Zwettler First Streaming of Sunday Assembly Liturgy In Time of Coronavirus Pandemic Readings: Chronicles:  2:34-22-33 Ephesians:  5:8-14 John:  9:1-41 “Sight & Light”      Oh My!  What an historic and unprecedented time right now!  Universities closed, schools closed, businesses closed, churches closed, government services closed sporting events closed, the stock market diving, countries closed—-who would have thought that a month ago that we would be experiencing such social and cultural upheaval?  The Coronavirus Pandemic and social distancing have turned our lives upside—-and as we gather for Prayer—thru this gift of technology and …

New books in the library—April 2020

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! April 2020 April brings the conclusion of Lent and hopefully good news with regards to the world’s battle with coronavirus.  Pray for those who are ill, who have lost loved ones, and who are on the front lines. The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection: Carter, Warren.  Mark.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Chittister, Joan.  Dear Joan Chittister.  New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2019. Chittister, Joan.  The Time is Now.  New York: Convergent, 2019. Delio, Ilia.  Birth of a Dancing Star.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019. Heisig, James.  …

David McKee’s Homily for March 15, 2020

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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT March 15, 2020 Exodus 17:1-7 Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42 Today’s text from John’s gospel is a long and rich feast.  There is something for everyone.  For those with a literary appetite, there is the fascinating irony in the narration of the story.  Both the Samaritan woman and the disciples get stuck in a literal interpretation of what Jesus tells them about living water and about food.  As the readers of the story, we experience a little spark of satisfaction from our collusion with the narrator:  we are in on the meaning of what Jesus is saying, …

March phenology (the awakening season)

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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. No month ends or begins overnight. Events can be a few weeks early or late. …

Terry Larson’s Homily from March 8, 2020

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Lent II, Holy Wisdom March 8, 2020 John 3: ff.           The season of Lent is a time for self-reflection and examination … as if we only need to do that for six weeks out of the year and not all fifty two. But we really get serious about it during this season. And in our thoughtful reflection we may be nudged by God’s Spirit to think in fresh ways which are meaningful and life-giving.           An image I came across in these Lenten days was from something Flannery O’Connor had said. Flannery O’Connor was a mid-20th century writer from …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from March 1, 2020

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1st Sunday of Lent 2020 The first thing that I thought when I learned that I would be preaching on the First Sunday of Lent, was that this is now my 65th Lent.  Is there a senior discount? And then, I thought, if I have had 64 Lents so far, why is there still SO MUCH work to do.  I mean, to be honest, I’ve usually taken Lent pretty seriously-forgoing for forty days, at various stages of life, beer, coffee, meat, sweets and even one Lent, swearing. I’m sure I’ve a hundred pounds and, over time, added almost everyone one …

New books in the library—March 2020

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! March 2020 The month of March usually brings some much needed spring-like weather, which in Wisconsin translates to rain instead of snow. So, put the shovel away and dig out your umbrella. And consider visiting the monastery for weekday prayer, spiritual guidance, or participating in a program. We hope to see you soon. The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection: Warren.  Mark.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Chittister, Joan.  Dear Joan Chittister.  New London, CT: Twenty-Third         Publications, 2019. Chittister, Joan.  The Time is Now.  …