Libby Caes’s Homily from July 28, 2019

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July 28, 2019 Genesis 18:20-32; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13   In 2015 Dave and I took a summer road trip to Quebec. Our last overnight stop was in a small town in northern Wisconsin.  I went into the motel to register and the person at the counter noticed we were from Madison. “Madtown, every time I drive through Madtown my hair stands on end. I want to get through there as fast as I can.” It was clear to me that she had labeled us and hated Madison. The urban/rural divide of Wisconsin was palpable in that motel lobby. Reading …

New books in the library—August 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! August 2019   Summer is half over and the stores are subtly (or not so subtly) reminding us that the school year will be starting again soon.   Before the hectic school year returns, take time to contemplate the beauty of summer, find some peace within and participate in a program at the monastery.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collections:   A Benedictine Reader.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019. Casey, Michael.  Balaam’s Donkey.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Chia, Edmund.  World Christianity Encounters World Religions.  Collegeville, …

Terry Larson’s Homily from July 21, 2019

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The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost July 21, 2019 Terry Larson Luke 10: 38-42 In our Gospel reading from Luke, Jesus and the disciples are visiting the home of Martha and Mary. We don’t know if the women were given any lead time to prepare or whether Jesus and his followers just showed up….at dinner time.  Martha, not a person to order out or just throw something together, was working hard to get a special meal ready for these beloved guests.  She did that with the same vigor for hospitality as Abraham and Sarah receiving the three visitors at their tent …

Jody Crowley Beers’s Homily from July 20, 2019

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Homily for Oblate 20th Anniversary Liturgy by Jody Crowley Beers It is good to be here. To quote eecummings: “I THANK YOU GOD FOR MOST THIS AMAZING DAY” And it is AMAZING: 20 years since this particular oblate community began, since the Spirit moved the sisters and all of us onto a path that brought us to here and now             they invited us into their space/rule/spirituality/community/lives/values/prayer             & I don’t think anyone imagined what we would become This very special anniversary and today’s readings have2 themes running through them: Spirit: the Spirit of God that permeates and creates the …

Finding the presence of goodness

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In our morning chapter meetings we are reading an article by Demetrius Dumm, OSB, “On Religious Community.” It was published in Benedictines, in 1976. Dumm was a Scripture scholar from St. Vincent’s Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He was steeped in the Benedictine way of life. The quote below caught my attention this week.  “In those large areas of human experience that can be described as ambiguous, the believer will assume the presence of goodness. This assumption allows the latent goodness to appear and the situation can be ‘redeemed.’” (p. 75) So much of what we hear about in the news …

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 …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from June 30, 2019

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Homily – Of what spirit are we made?                                                      June 30, 2019 I Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62           Lynne Smith, OSB Don’t you just love James and John, the Sons of thunder? They are so overcome by their desire for revenge at being rejected by the Samaritan village that they want to blow it off the map! The power and authority Jesus gave them to preach the reign of God has gone to their heads. Jesus turns and rebukes them. I would not want to be in their shoes! Lest I’m too quick to judge them, I …

Seeing the Grace of God

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“When [Barnabas] arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord. Act 11:23 Doing lectio divina (divine reading) recently on the passage from Acts 11, I was struck by the verse above, especially the phrase: he “saw the grace of God.” Barnabas saw the grace of God in the Greeks of Antioch who had received the Gospel about Jesus. This was an unexpected development. Prior to this, the Gospel had only been proclaimed to Jews. Rather than seeing this new development as a problem or something to be resisted, Barnabas …

New books in the library—July 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library!   July 2019   The monastery library, a quiet place with a beautiful view and stimulating reading, recently added the following books to its collection:   Casey, Michael.  Balaam’s Donkey.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Chia, Edmund.  World Christianity Encounters World Religions.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Heuertz, Christopher.  The Sacred Enneagram.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017. Homrighausen, Jonathan.  Illuminating Justice.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Hurd, Bob.  Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Irwin, Kevin W.  Context and Text.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Jasper, Ronald Claud Dudley.  Prayers …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from June 16, 2019

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Trinity Sunday • Father’s Day • Prov 8:1-4,22-31 • Rom 5:1-5 • Jn 16:12-15 • 6/16/19 I’m preaching in place of Joe Wiesenfarth, who had a schedule conflict.  I preach whenever I can because it strengthens my faith.   I know I’m not the only homilist who feels that at some point while the homily is being written, Something Happens, and the work is no longer only mine.  You may recognize this experience from something you like to do—making things, gardening, teaching, playing… As John puts it, it’s like being guided from an authority beyond one’s own.  Preparing and making …