New books in the library—October 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! October 2019   More than 1,500 years ago, Benedict of Nursia wrote the Rule, a guide to living in community. Benedict’s Rule concentrated on hospitality, prayer, community life and how to create a balance among these different dimensions of life. The Rule proved to be timeless. It still has something to offer Christian women and men today.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collections:   A Benedictine Reader.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019. Bstan-dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV.  The Heart of Meditation.  Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 2016. Casey, Michael.  Balaam’s …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from September 22, 2019

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Luke 16: 1-13                                                                                                Lynne Smith, OSB September 22, 2019 This parable is notoriously difficult to understand. It has long puzzled biblical scholars. At first reading, it sounds as if Jesus is commending immoral behavior. Is he saying the ends justifying the means? Is he using sarcasm? My first reaction is to take offense. It’s as if Jesus were to commend the Sakler family for transferring a billion dollars from Purdue Pharma to private accounts in order to care for themselves in the future. Instead of a commendation, my self-righteous self wants to use Amos’s words: God says, “I will never …

George Hinger’s Homily read by David McKee at George’s Memorial Service, September 21, 2019

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George was a spiritual mentor to many. We profited from his wisdom. Let us listen and learn from his words again.   George’s homily was given on the Sunday of Fulfillment (Christ the King):   In the Gospel Jesus stands before Pilate. He is on trial.  Pilate asks: “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answers: “My dominion is not from this world!”  “So you are a king?” asks Pilate. “That’s what you are saying – that’s your language – But as for me I came into the world to testify to the truth. For this I was born.” …

Wayne Sigelko’s Reflection at George Hinger’s Memorial Service, September 21, 2019

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I want to begin with one minute of silence.  I’m even going to time it…  Now, I suppose some might be thinking, well that’s a pretty cheap way to begin a 3-4 minute reflection.   But, when I think of George Hinger, I can’t think of anything else we could do that would put us more in touch with his spirit.  George was devoted to the teachings of Thomas Merton and other contemplatives.  And in contemplative practice, to sit in silence is, at its heart and act of profound listening.  And no one I have ever met was a more …

What is the Day of the Dead?

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The celebration of the dead is a tradition deeply rooted in Mexican life. More than five hundred years ago, before the conquest, the festival of the dead lasted more than a month and was celebrated during the harvest season. The Catholic authorities, allied with the conquerors, moved this celebration to early November to coincide with All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2. Thus the conquerors gained more working hours to exploit the people. The consequence of taking these actions was that the official church merged indigenous traditions with the Christian feast days and the …

Meeting new members of the prairie community

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On a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, I went for a walk in Wisdom Prairie. Friend of Wisdom Prairie member Ron Endres was harvesting prairie seeds along the path, so I stopped to find out what he was picking. He was gathering seed from anise hyssop and placed a seed head in my hand with the instructions to rub my hands together and then smell them. Sure enough, it smelled like anise or licorice. Anise hyssop isn’t very plentiful and Ron was glad to have come across a small patch of it. It is one of only a few prairie plants …

Al Majkrzak’s Homily from September 8, 2019

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Wow!!!!!!!! That’s quite a gospel. …….  I have to say that I’ve got bad news and I’ve got good news this morning.  We just heard Jesus say:   “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, spouse and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple..”  That certainly sounds like bad news.   The good news is that the bad news really isn’t bad news.  Think about it.  Is Jesus telling us that we should hate the ones we should love the most?  The answer is no.  It was a common practice …

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September 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. September Phenology The following September phenology is from my phenology notebooks. These phenomena do not occur …

New books in the library—September 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! September 2019 School is back in session, and fall isn’t far behind. Take some time to enjoy the changing of the seasons and participate in a program or retreat at the monastery.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collections:   A Benedictine Reader.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019. Bstan-dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV.  The Heart of Meditation.  Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 2016. Casey, Michael.  Balaam’s Donkey.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Chia, Edmund.  World Christianity Encounters World Religions.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Delio, Ilia.  A Hunger for Wholeness.  New York, …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from August 25, 2019

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Aug. 25, 2019 Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 58: 6-14; Heb. 12: 18-29; Luke 13: 10-17   “To Know God Is to Do Justice”   I have to start with a warning: In today’s homily, you’re getting a “twofer.”   Given the nature of today’s readings, and given my own oddities and propensities, I’m going to give two quite different sermons today, one on the second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews and the other on the first and third readings, Isaiah and Luke.   The messages of the readings from Isaiah and Luke’s Gospel are in tune …