Reflections of a racist nun #2

Denise West, OSB Living in Community, Racist nun 3 Comments

This past Sunday David McKee gave a wonderfully Benedictine homily on the well-known passage from Matthew 16. All the quotations in this reflection are from his homily of August 30. 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”  David says that Jesus “then follows up by turning the disciples’ view inward, to the deeper truth of his ministry and his life. He explains to them what it really …

David McKee’s Homily from August 30, 2020

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time August 30, 2020 Jeremiah 15:15-21 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 When I received today’s gospel text, I was very happy.  It contains a message that is very close to my spiritual heart:  the instruction to give oneself away.  I thought it would be relatively easy to say something meaningful about this.  Alas, as I delved more deeply into the subject, things became more difficult.  I remembered Mr. Dumby in Oscar Wilde’s play, Lady Windermere’s Fan, when he says, ““In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other …

New books in the library—September 2020

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! September 2020 While all of us have been impacted by the pandemic in one way or another, we pray for those who have suffered through the virus, have lost loved ones to it, or have lost their job because of it. 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.  …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from August 23, 2020

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21st Ordinary Time  •   Isaiah 51:1-6  •   Rom  12:1-8   •   Mt 16:13-20   •   August 23, 2020 Jesus often orders the disciples not to tell others who he is.  Why not?  Is it a secret—the Messianic secret, as scholars call it?  The story we just heard suggests that the answer has less to do with what Jesus wants people to know than with how he wants them to know it. We heard the question “Who do people say that I am?” contrasted with the question “Who do you say that I am?”  Jesus is inviting the disciples to search beyond public …

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The power of presence in the wilderness

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During my staycation I read The Wisdom of Wilderness, by Gerald May. I highly recommend it. Gerald May was a psychiatrist and a senior fellow in contemplative theology and psychology at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland. He wrote many books and articles blending spirituality and psychology. He writes of his experiences camping solo in the wilderness of the Allegheny mountains.  He says he was called into wilderness and guided by a Presence that he names “The Power of the Slowing.” He equates this Presence and its guidance with Wisdom. I was captured by his experience and …

Terry Larson’s Homily from August 9, 2020

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time August 9, 2020 I Kings 19: 9-18, Romans 10: 5-15, Matthew 14: 22-33           I love stories like the one Matthew tells in today’s Gospel.  It is an intriguing story … and that may be an understatement … because we hear about how Jesus is walking on the wind-lashed sea.  He’d dismissed the well-fed crowds, ordered the disciples into the boat, and went up to the mountain by himself to be alone in his grief at the death of his friend John and to pray.  Then early in the morning, in the midst of a …

Alison Long’s Homily from August 2, 2020

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My first thought when I read the gospel reading for today was that this whole scene is a pandemic nightmare – thousands gathered on a beach, coming from multiple towns, crowded together, sharing food? It’s too much. I had to quell a small tide of anxiety at the thought. And we know what this would look like today: half the people before Jesus wearing masks, half refusing. And we have to wonder how Jesus would handle it. Just exactly how would feeding all these people work during a pandemic? This is NOT a pandemic story. It IS a miracle story. …

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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 …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from July 26, 2020

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Homily delivered at Sunday Assembly of Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI – July 26, 2020 (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52) Jesus is on a roll here in Matthew chapter 13. He fires off parables like some kind of comedy club stand-up shooting off one-liners. Hurling out one parable after another was clearly his all-time favorite way to teach. In fact, some scholars argue that it was really his only approach, which suits me just fine. It serves to reinforce my long-held opinion that the fourth gospel, lovely though it may be, and perhaps based loosely on events in Jesus’ life, did not …

New books in the library—August 2020

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! August 2020 Please continue to wear a mask wherever you go and practice social distancing.  And stay safe. The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Carter, Warren.  Mark.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Chittister, Joan.  Dear Joan Chittister.  New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2019. Chittister, Joan.  The Time is Now.  New York: Convergent, 2019. Delio, Ilia.  Birth of a Dancing Star.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019. Goranson Jacob, Haley.  Conformed to the Image of His Son.  Downer’s Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2018. Heisig, James.  Of Gods and Minds.  Nagoya, …