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‘Advent & The O Antiphons,’ The Holy Wisdom Podcast

Brooke Moriarty Living in Community, Podcast, Prayer & Worship 2 Comments

Want to be the first to hear every new episode? Click here to sign up for email notifications! December summons feelings of tradition and familiarity for many of us. In some faiths, this includes the preparation for Christmas known as Advent, and the singing of the O Antiphons. In this episode, we have Sister Lynne Smith and Holy Wisdom Monastery’s own Director of Worship and Music, Lynn Lemberger. Join us to learn about these traditions and how we might be able to honor their meanings in our own lives. Where to Listen? You can listen to The Holy Wisdom Podcast at any …

New books in the library—December 2020

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! December 2020 This month remember the birth of a child and his impact on the world.  Stay safe. The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Bonowitz, Bernard.  Truly seeking God.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019.  Bryant-Johnson, Sherry.  Embodied Spirits.  Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Pub., 2014. Carter, Warren.  Mark.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Casey, Michael.  Grace.  Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2018. Chittister, Joan.  Dear Joan Chittister.  New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2019. Chittister, Joan.  The Time is Now.  New York: Convergent, 2019. Consiglio, Cyprian.  Spirit, Soul, Body.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical …

Terry Larson’s Homily from November 22, 2020

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Sunday of the Fulfillment Sunday Assembly, Holy Wisdom Monastery, Matthew 25:31-46 November 22, 2020              In our Gospel Jesus tells us that when ‘the Son of Man’ returns and is sitting on his throne in glory …  “All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.”        The sheep are gathered on the right side of Christ—the side of approval and honor, and the goats on the left side—for condemnation.And the standard for judgment:  Christ does not ask anyone about their creeds or their …

Confessions of a racist nun* #3 spiritual tools

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In my first blog post in this series, I diagnosed myself with the disease of racism. Some of my symptoms of this disease are denial of and defensiveness around racism as well as obliviousness to painful experiences of Black folks and other people of color. Simply put, most times we can’t handle listening to reality, so we don’t. We make the topic off-limits and go on enjoying the fruits of hundreds of years of systemic racism that has led us to a life of racial comfort. The problem is, despite our good intentions and stated values of justice for all, …

David McKee’s Homily from November 8, 2020

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time November 8, 2020 Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Matthew 25:1-13 In the legends about the life of Siddhartha Gautama, better known as the Buddha, there is a story about an encounter he had on the road soon after his enlightenment.  A passerby noticed the Buddha’s radiance and peaceful presence.  He asked the Buddha, “Are you a celestial being or a god?”  “No,” the Buddha replied.  “Are you some kind of wizard or magician?”  “No,” he replied.  “Are you a man?”  “No,” he replied.  “Then, pray, friend, what are you?”  The Buddha replied, “I …

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‘Becoming Ecumenical: Bringing Christians Together,’ The Holy Wisdom Podcast

Brooke Moriarty Community of Benedict, Living in Community, Monastic Life, Podcast 1 Comment

Ecumenism is defined as “the principle or aim of promoting unity among the world’s Christian Churches.” Led by this strive for unity, Holy Wisdom Monastery has long been welcoming people of a variety of denominations and religions. Therefore, it made sense to sit down for a deeper look with the women who have led us here. Thus, this first episode of The Holy Wisdom Podcast features Sister Mary David Walgenbach and Sister Joanne Kollasch. They begin by sharing their early memories of meeting people from other denominations. Then, they regale some of the early stories that led to the monastery …

Roberta Felker’s Homily from All Saint’s Day, November 1, 2020

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All Saints Day Holy Wisdom Monastery November 1, 2020 Revelation 7:9-17; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 Roberta Felker All Hallows Eve, All Saints/All Souls, Dia de los Muertos are described as “thin places” – elusive spaces where our experiences with the sacred assume both more immediacy and more intimacy.  Where the veil between the worlds is said to be like gossamer, where we are unmasked.  What a perfect family reunion time for the church – the feast where we are reunited with both the saints of our canon and, as Pope Francis named them, our “next door saints” – those …

November phenology

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By Sylvia Marek Phenology is the science of recording plant and animal activities from year to year and their relationship to season and climate. November events can vary when the month is warmer or cooler, wetter or dryer than average. The following Madison area observations are from notes I have kept over the years. “In that little leaf was all the poetry of fall, The first soft prelude of the symphony just finished. The cycle was complete once more, Now the snows could come.”       -Sigurd Olson Daylight in mid-November decreases to about 9.5 hours of light Daylight saving time ends …

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Premiering: The Holy Wisdom Podcast!

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Next week, November 4, 2020, our newest virtual adventure begins: episode one of The Holy Wisdom Podcast will premiere! When I first got hired to manage social media for the sisters, I knew very little about their story or of the many communities of Holy Wisdom Monastery. As a result, I had a lot to learn. One of the questions I asked on my first day of work was “So, I was under the impression that monks and monasteries were for men, not women; why is this place called a monastery even though it has sisters?” Apparently, it’s a common …