Practicing kinship at the monastery

Kate Stel Care for the Earth, Living in Community 1 Comment

As a student of theology and ministry studies, I’m often busy reading and writing theological propositions, exercising my critical eye as a reader, and learning the arts of ministry like preaching and spiritual care. I find myself thoroughly convinced of the veracity of many theological arguments and of the necessity to rethink traditional models and modes of religious community. I know many things to be true and spend an exorbitantly large amount of time demonstrating it. Such is the life of a graduate student. Since coming to Holy Wisdom Monastery, I’m wondering if I feel any of those well-reasoned propositions …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from July 29, 2018

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5 Loaves of Barley and Two Tiny Fish Scarcity or Life Abundant? John 6: 1-21 Homily by Colleen Hartung July 29, 2018   If you are a bible miracle aficionado then today is your day!!  In the first reading from 2 Kings, Elisha commands a servant to feed 100 people with a single sack of food containing “20 loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain”.  “Thus says the Most High, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’”  And that, so the story goes, is what happened.  The Gospel reading from John 6 ups the ante.  5000 people plus women …

Scripture commentary for July 3

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PROPER 9 July 3 – 9   FIRST READING Second Samuel 5: 1-5, 9-10   David, ruling the southern Jewish state, Judah, is approached by all Jewish leaders and made king over all Israel.  He then captures Jerusalem, the last stronghold of the Canaanites (the Jebusites who occupied Jerusalem were Canaanites).  Though fortified, Jerusalem could hardly have been any larger than a village.  David built a fort on the promontory south of the village, three sides of which are cliffs falling into deep ravines.  The Jebusites had called it Zion.  The soldiers renamed it the City of David (the word …

New books in the library—August 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! August 2018 Groan. If the store ads are any indication, the start of the new school year is looming closer and the summer clearance sales have begun. 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 the library or participate in daily prayer and reflections. The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection: Dallmayr, Fred R.  Spiritual Guides.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. …

Living our intention

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“Ceremony focuses attention so that attention becomes intention. If you stand together and profess a thing before your community, it holds you accountable.” Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass, p. 249. On July 15, 2018, we celebrated the first profession of Denise West as a sister at Holy Wisdom Monastery during the Eucharist on Sunday morning. Denise has been with us about three years, and this is the next step in making a commitment to community life with the sisters at Holy Wisdom. Benedictines are good at ceremony; we call it liturgy or ritual. In the profession ritual, Denise stood before …

Rodent wrangling and ambiguity

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This week, on Tuesday morning, a group of us headed over to the garden. We hoped to beat the day’s heat and get some weeding and other work done before it became unbearably hot and humid. Sister Paz Vital and I were working in a fenced-in garden plot that contained rows of okra, cabbage, radishes, kale and a huge grouping of tomato plants. Suddenly, I heard a rustling in the corner of the garden near where we were working. The many, many weeds in that corner shook. A rabbit emerged, bounding through the garden. “BUNNY!” I yelled to Sister Paz. …

July 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. July Phenology The following July events are from observations I have recorded over the years: Unusually …

New books in the library—July 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! July 2018   The monastery library, a quiet place with a beautiful view and stimulating reading, recently added the following books to its collection:   Dallmayr, Fred R.  Spiritual Guides.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Gafney, Wilda.  Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Gardner, Fiona.  The Only Mind Worth Having.  Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Hens-Piazza, Gina.  Lamentations.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Kiel, Micah.  Apocalyptic Ecology.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Kimmerer, Robin Wall.  Braiding Sweetgrass.  Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2013. Laffey, Alice.  Ruth.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from June 24, 2018

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WHO’S IN CONTROL?   Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 24, 2018 (Job 38:1-11; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41)   JOB’S QUESTION: WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE? WHO’S IN CONTROL?   The first reading, from Job, sets the theme for our reflections this morning – and it’s not a very upbeat or easy theme: the problem of evil.  Our reading picks up the conversation between Job and his three friends at the point where God steps in and takes over. They had been trying to figure out why such a good guy like Job lost everything …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from June 17, 2018

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June 17, 2018 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fathers’ Day)   Today, as I am one of those people tasked to “explain in private,” a parable used by Jesus, I have to admit that I find myself questioning Jesus’ choice of metaphors.  “With what shall we compare the reign of God?” Seriously, Jesus, and with all due respect to our friends at the National Mustard Museum just down the road a bit, the best you could come up with was a condiment?  Yes, mustard does have small seeds, and the bush that springs from one is large–those referred to here …