Patti La Cross’s Homily from May 19, 2019

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Five weeks in, we are still dwelling in the Mystery! Today we return with this tender passage to the night Jesus washed his apostles’ feet before their last meal together. We look back -as his companions did, as the evangelist did – on the life and love that culminated in the cross. Judas had just accepted his chunk of the bread Jesus broke and offered – when he left to betray him.  Then Jesus, who knew what was coming, declared that this very moment he was glorified with the God who sent him.   Striking, isn’t it? In the moment …

A network of support

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I’ve recently been reading ’s book, The Hidden Life of Trees. In his chapter on “Social Security” he notes that trees of the same species like to grow close together. It turns out that beech trees, with which Wohlleben is most familiar, share resources with each other. Researchers found that they share the sugar produced among them through their root systems. The trees growing in better conditions passed some of the sugar they produced to those growing in less favorable conditions so they could each grow into the best tree they can be. Forests form communities of support through their …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from May 12, 2019

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4th Sunday of Easter • Acts 9:36-43, Rev 7:9-17, Jn 10:22-30 • May 12, 2019 About 35 years ago, I was a recent convert, spoiled by years of superb preaching at a Jesuit campus ministry.  After college, living in a small town with a very traditional church, I heard a sermon on today’s middle reading that stayed with me for all the wrong reasons.  The priest kept repeating, “washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb,” but gave no help with how to understand or apply this paradoxical and violent image.  I was disturbed and mystified. What I’ve …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from May 5, 2019

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily 5.5.19 Acts 9:1-20, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19   When I drove out of Madison into Middleton one Sunday in 1974, I thought that I was going to a church, but I wasn’t. I found myself in a “center”:  St. Benedict Center.  After a brief stint some years later at another “center” —in Waunakee Village—I found myself driving to a monastery:  Holy Wisdom Monastery.  So one might say that I haven’t been to a church in 35 years.  We know, of course, that Jesus did not found a religion, but others took it upon themselves to follow his …

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May 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 two Mays are the same. Events can be a few weeks earlier or later than …

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:   …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily for Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Easter Homily April 21, 2019 Steve Zwettler   “Midwifing the Resurrection”   Once again, welcome to all of you on this Easter Sunday.  There is a wonderful old Yiddish Proverb that says:  “Before you begin speaking say a few words.”  And the few words I would like to say before I share a few thoughts on the readings and the Resurrection is this:  I invite each of you to bring to the table of Eucharist today wherever and whatever in you that needs Resurrection.  What darkness, or brokenness, or pain or suffering, or confusion or illness or death in you …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Service, Friendship and the Reign of God John 13: 1-17, 31b-35 Colleen Hartung on Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019   It has been a crazy week.  There’s the tragic fire at Notre Dame.  There is the chaos around the 20th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine.  And today, there is the The Mueller Report.  Who can blame us if our attention is scattered?  And in a way, today’s readings do not help.  We heard three iconic texts; the Passover in Exodus, the Words of Institution and John’s version of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.  All three are key …

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 …