Taize prayer

A fire that never dies away

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Have you ever experienced Taizé Prayer? Do you know the origins of Taizé  Prayer? Sandy Wojtal-Weber, a member of Sunday Assembly at Holy Wisdom Monastery, offers this introduction to Taizé Prayer: Christ is our center. The light of Christ illuminates our very being. This is meditative common prayer. Gathered together in the presence of Christ we sing uncomplicated repetitive songs, uncluttered by too many words, allowing the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity. This form of prayer comes from the Taizé  Community of France, founded by Brother Roger in occupied France in the 1940’s. From very simple …

Hospitality and a safe space

Lynne Smith, OSB Hospitality, Living in Community Leave a Comment

“One of the most challenging tasks of the Christian is to create the space where people can meet each other without fear, share the human pains and joys which transcend their differences and discover each other as belonging to the same human family.” –Henri Nouwen Al Heggen, retired Lutheran pastor and friend of Holy Wisdom Monastery, recently shared the above quote with me. I was struck by how much this kind of space is needed today. I think of what we do at Holy Wisdom as creating the space where people can meet and be present to themselves, others, nature and …

New books in the library—September 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! September 2018 The new school year is upon us, and the beginning of autumn isn’t far behind. Soon the trees will clothed in brilliant shades of orange, yellow, and red. And the crisp air will be filled with the sounds of Canadian geese winging their way south. Take some time to enjoy the changing of the seasons and participate in a program or arrange a personal retreat at the monastery or browse the library collections. We hope to see you soon.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its …

Kate Stel’s Homily from August 12, 2018

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Among my very cool classmates at the University of Chicago Divinity School and my trendy coworkers at the Div School coffee shop, Grounds of Being, I freely admit I have very few claims to fame. Compared to my vegan-inclined friends, I consume enormous amounts of dairy being a Wisconsin native. I would happily wear my LL Bean hiking boots every day to work over a pair of Dansko clogs. But, shockingly, it’s the sourdough starter I grow with my roommate Gwen that my friends are interested in. Some of my friends and coworkers have asked for a share of our …

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 …

Argiope spider

August 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. August Phenology I have kept records of August observations for many years. My entries for August …

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

Lynne Smith, OSB Living in Community, Sunday Assembly Leave a Comment

“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 …