Holy Wisdom Monastery Receives a $1 Million Grant to Create an Ecumenical Center for Clergy Spiritual Renewal

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MIDDLETON, WI, October 19, 2018 — Benedictine Women of Madison, a religious community of women, received a grant of $1 million to help establish an Ecumenical Center for Clergy Spiritual Renewal (ECCSR) at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, Wisconsin. It’s part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, an initiative that supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as mentors and guide them through key leadership challenges in congregational ministry. Lilly Endowment is making nearly $70 million in grants through the …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from October 14, 2018

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Solidarity Sunday – October 14, 2018 Mark 10: 17-31   Over the last few weeks, the Jesus of Mark’s Gospel has been telling us over and over again that in the Reign of God, the first shall be last and the last shall be first.  In last week’s gospel, Jesus tried to make it as plain as plain can be.  In order to enter the Reign of God come as a child, the least of these; without status, without money and without claims of goodness.  But this is a hard lesson.  The disciples don’t get it.  They keep fighting over …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from October 7, 2018

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Joseph Wiesenfarth 7 October 2018 Genesis 2:18-24, Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16   John Mortimer, well known a decade or so ago as the creator of “Rumpole of the Bailey,” has written a splendid play called A Voyage Round My Father, which enjoyed a  successful run in London’s West End back then.  Through an accident, his father, a prominent barrister who specialized in divorce cases, lost his sight.  So he prepared his day’s arguments by having his wife read him their pertinent details on the train up to London.  Mortimer writes,  “The entire first class compartment would fall silent listening …

October 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. October Phenology The following favorite observations are from notes I have kept for many years. October …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from September 30, 2018

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Mark 9:38-48                                                                Lynne Smith, OSB This exchange between Jesus and the disciples follows the Transfiguration and a series of teaching conversations between Jesus and the disciples. At the Transfiguration, three of the disciples catch a vision of who Jesus is in his glory. Apparently, this sets them to think about having some of that glory for themselves. Jesus calls them back to earth with the prediction of his passion. His glory is not what they think. Down the mountain, another group of disciples has been unable to cast out a demon. Jesus tells them that kind of demon can only …

New books in the library—October 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! October 2018 Prayer, hospitality, and care for the earth are themes that underscore daily life and retreats at Holy Wisdom Monastery.  If you like the sound of that, come to the monastery and participate in a program or arrange a personal retreat or browse the library collections. We hope to see you soon. The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Berry, Wendell.  A Small Porch.  Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2016. Dallmayr, Fred R.  Spiritual Guides.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Gafney, Wilda.  Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah.  …

Restoration and hope

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Restoration is a powerful antidote to despair. Restoration offers concrete means by which humans can once again enter into positive, creative relationship with the more-than-human world, meeting responsibilities that are simultaneously material and spiritual.  –Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer (p. 328)   I made a quick trip to Illinois to visit my brother and his wife and my sister and her husband last week. It was fun to see them and get caught up even if for just a few days. It rained the three days I visited my brother and his wife in Naperville, Illinois. Since we couldn’t go …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from September 9, 2018

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September 9, 2018 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time   “Familiarity breeds contempt.”  So, goes the old saying.  And contempt doesn’t always mean a kind of disdain.  More often I think in my own life it means a lack of attentiveness-a failure to really notice things.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been walking with Nancy on our now very familiar Saturday path to the Farmers’ Market and I’ll look at a newish building and say “when did that go up?” only to have her respond “it’s only been there about 10 years now. ”   I am reminded …