New books in the library—May 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! May 2019   May is my favorite month of the year! Spring flowers are in bloom. Warm weather (hopefully) has arrived. The evenings are longer, which means there’s more time to enjoy the outdoors. There are graduations to attend and Memorial Day weekend to savor as our summer kick-off.   As part of your celebration of the month of May, attend daily prayer, stroll the nature trails, take a personal retreat, or visit the library and do some browsing.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   …

Prayer and work

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It was 73 degrees in Middleton on Monday, April 8, 2019. Since Monday is a day of leisure for the sisters, I spent a large part of the day outside. I raked up the sticks dropped by the oaks during the winter in the front yard at Bingen House and listened to the birds. This will be the last week of free meals for the birds. The squirrels have learned how to climb down onto the feeder from the roof of the house, hang from the upper perches by their back feet and eat their fill from the lower seed …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019

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Palm/Passion Sunday April 14, 2019 Holy Wisdom Sunday Assembly   Today is Palm and Passion Sunday. We can’t reflect on all that in one homily, so this morning we’ll consider only the Palm Sunday event, Jesus  entry in the city of Jerusalem. This is a crucial event in Jesus’  life, because it’s the bridge between his earthly ministry and his passion. In their book, The Last Week, Marcus Borg and Dominic Crossan remind us that the  word passion has two meanings—a religious one and a secular one. Religiously it refers to Jesus’ suffering and death. In secular language it means …

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. General …

New books in the library—April 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! April 2019   As you celebrate Easter and the blossoming of spring foliage be thinking about how you can spread your joy of the season to others.  How about volunteering your time?  See how good it makes you feel.  Come to the monastery and enjoy daily prayer, the nature trails, or stop and browse the library’s many resources.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Irwin, Kevin W.  Context and Text.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Homrighausen, Jonathan.  Illuminating Justice.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Pryce, …

Discernment

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Week 26 As I head into my final weeks as a Benedictine Sojourner at Holy Wisdom Monastery, two quotes keep coming to mind. One of them is an inclusive language version of Greek philosopher Heraclitus that says, “No woman ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and she’s not the same woman.” The other is from novelist Thomas Wolfe who iconically asks, “Don’t you know you can’t go home again?” Perhaps you are sensing a theme here. There are a great many things I am unsure of at this moment, but there is one …

How justice can start from joy

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About a month ago, I had a conversation about justice for a podcast with Christina Roberts, an oblate of Holy Wisdom and pastor at foundry414, a non-denominational Christian church in Madison, WI, and Dave Schmelzer, executive director and co-founder of the Blue Ocean Faith network. This month, instead of writing a blog, I share our conversation with you. In our conversation I shared some of the relationships with people coming to the monastery from Syria, India, and Guatemala that have touched my heart. It’s entitled, How justice can start from joy. You can listen here: https://www.blueoceanfaith.org/media/683449-2862709-1774550/131-how-justice-can-start-from-joy

New books in the library—March 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! March 2019   The month of March usually brings some much needed spring-like weather, which in Wisconsin translates to rain instead of snow.  This year, however, it might be prudent to have both your shovel and your umbrella handy.  So while the weather bounces back and forth between snow and rain, consider visiting the monastery for weekday prayer, spiritual guidance, or attend a program.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Irwin, Kevin W.  Context and Text.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Homrighausen, Jonathan.  Illuminating Justice.  …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from March 17, 2019

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2nd Sun. Lent • Gen 15:1-12,17-18; Phil 3:17-4:1; Lk 13:31-35 • 3/11/19 When Sister Lynne sent out a request for a preaching sub, because she had a conference and wouldn’t have time to prep, the opportunity was as welcome as a life preserver.  I needed a reason to put my attention somewhere better than where it was.  I’d gotten into a vicious cycle of avoiding uncomfortable feelings by checking news on my smartphone, after which I felt even less able to face the real world.  Isn’t there something else I can check, or a game I can play?  When I …

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. …