Rex Piercy’s Homily from October 18, 2020

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Meditation for October 18, 2020 preached at Sunday Assembly, Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI (and shared at Hanapepe UCC, Kauai, Hawaii) Many of you may know that in the course of my ministerial career, I attended law school. That pursuit arose primarily out of a long-standing interest in matters of church-state relations. The recent confirmation hearing for a new Supreme Court justice has once again brought to the fore the tension between church and state in a pluralistic democratic society. So of course when this lesson from Matthew 22 appeared, I could not resist. As so often during his ministry, …

Making meaning of suffering

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“There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky The above quote comes from a Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Occasional Paper by Ted Dunn entitled: “The Role of Meaning-Making in Transitional Times.”  The sisters have been reading and discussing this in our daily morning meeting. The quote caused all of us to stop and consider what Dostoevsky might have meant by being “worthy of one’s sufferings.” In the article, Dunn relies on the work of Victor Frankl who was in a concertation camp during World War II. Dunn writes: …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from October 11, 2020

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Solidarity: A public yes to the invitation to stand up and be counted. Homily: Matthew 22:1-14 October 11, 2020 By Colleen D. Hartung The stated purpose of Solidarity Sunday, which was started back in 1995 by Dignity USA, is to stand against the physical, verbal, emotional and spiritual violence perpetrated against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.  And there have been advances in the 25 years since its inception; marriage equality is the law of the land, there is greater visibility for the struggle of gay, lesbian and transgender youth and we have raised a generation of young people who …

October phenology

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Heron on Lost LakePhenology 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. October Phenology The following favorite observations are from notes I have kept for many years. October …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from September 27, 2020

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Paul Knitter “What He Did, He Does – in Us”             I’ve been one of those homilists who occasionally complain about having been dealt a hand of really difficult readings.  Well, I certainly have no complaints today.  You might say that I hit the homiletic jackpot this Sunday.  A Precious Text             Our second reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians is one of the oldest, and most precious, passages in the entire New Testament. Paul wrote this letter in the mid to late 50s. But in the section we heard this morning, scholars tells us, he was quoting from …

New books in the library—October 2020

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! October 2020 Fall has come to Holy Wisdom, with the bright colors of the maple trees, the honk of geese overhead, crisper temperatures, and apples in the orchard.  Stay safe. The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Bonowitz, Bernard.  Truly seeking God.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019.  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.  …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from September 20, 2020

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Homily for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020-Wayne Sigelko At first glance, there are few more pathetic and less likeable figures in the bible than Jonah in today’s first reading.  Partly, I suppose this is because of the style in which it is written.  Jonah is like the 5th century BCE version of the graphic novel.  It puts before us wonderfully dramatic and, as in today’s reading, even comic scenes.  I have a friend who loves this little book so much he takes twenty minutes every week or two to read through the Jonah story because, in his mind, it captures so …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily from September 6, 2020

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HOMILY 23RD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR SEPTEMBER6, 2020 Ezekiel 33:7-1 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18-15-20 N.B.  Speaking a homily is much different than writing a homily.  I do not write homilies out, but speak from an outline of notes, crafted phrases, key ideas and stories…keeping space open for spontaneity and the flow of a more natural speech pattern.  The following is a written compilation of my notes and is more a reflection of speaking than of crafted writing.  Thank you for understanding this distinction. “HEALING COMMUNITY CONFLICTS”      Painful conflicts are an inevitable part of every family, business, organization, church and …

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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 at …