June 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. I have kept monthly phenology records for many years and the following are from my June …

Terry Larson’s Homily from Holy Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020

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Holy Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020 Holy Wisdom Sunday Assembly, Terry Larson Genesis 1, I Corinthians 13, Matthew 28 This Sunday is the Feast of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity is a divine mystery which is very difficult for us to wrap our minds around. But we do our best. Two weeks ago I finished a perky homily on these texts which I felt pretty good about…words of comfort and hope that God creator, redeemer, sustainer would fully be with us through these difficult days of the pandemic. And then when the corona virus pandemic was over, we’d live …

Looking Back: ‘New Monastic for a New Millennium’ (2000) by Lynne Smith

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It’s difficult to think of Holy Wisdom Monastery without including the sisters. However, back in 2000, Sister Lynne Smith was just stepping into the life with the Sisters of St. Benedict of Madison. 20 years later, only two days after the anniversary when she committed herself officially to this life, we can return to her thoughts from the beginning. The following post is a direct transcription of the article, New Monastic for a New Millennium by Sister Lynne Smith, as written in our newsletter, Benedictine Bridge, Ordinary Times 2000 issue. I am one example of a new monastic for the …

Patti LaCross’ homily from Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020

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If you were asked to share the Good News, what would you say? And if you didn’t know the language, how would you attempt to communicate your faith? And how would that differ from the way you normally communicate? With all the enormous societal disruptions, revelations, fear and loss brought about by this pandemic, I’m among those who appreciate getting out for walks with more birdsong than voices. Last week, a chance encounter and a privileged conversation presented me with the challenge. I met a retired teacher I seldom see, and we had a – distanced – chat:  how our …

Finding God in Grief

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Walking outside has long been a regular part of my life. Since coming to the monastery, walking the grounds has become an important part of my prayer life. Moving my body also helps me process my feelings. A couple of weeks ago I went out for a walk with a sense of grief that I hadn’t been able to access fully. Walking slowly helps me notice what’s around me and what thoughts are arising. I walked through the pine woods, came out into the oaks and slowed down to a stop. I stood in place for a few minutes, letting …

New books in the library—June 2020

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! June 2020 The monastery library, a quiet place with a beautiful view and stimulating reading, recently 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. Heisig, James.  Of Gods and Minds.  Nagoya, Japan: Chisokudo Publications, 2019. Henze, Matthias.  Mind the Gap.  Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2017. Kasmir, Alisa.  Hineni.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from May 24, 2020

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily: Ascension Sunday, 24 May 2020 Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 28:16-20 Although I had finished my education and had already taught university level courses for two years, I thought that to teach graduate students, as I was slated to do, I should have a better grasp of contemporary British literature.   To that end I decided to take part in a six-week program at the University of London in the summer of 1964.  Consequently, I crossed the Atlantic a first time.  I booked passage on the Queen Mary for June of that year to do the deed.  The …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from May 17, 2020

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6 Easter 2020   •   Acts 17:22-31   •   1 Peter 3:13-22   •   John 14:15-21   •   May 17, 2020 Recently someone I know said, “I’ve been thinking about faith, and how nice it would be to feel some.”  She could have taken the words right out of my mouth.  I know we are all in different places with what’s going on and in our own lives.  Personally, I’ve been under such a cloud I wondered whether I have any real faith at all. But maybe faith isn’t a feeling of security or confidence that everything will be all right.  Maybe it’s not …

Alison Long’s Homily from May 10, 2020

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I have to admit, I was hoping to draw a simpler scripture for my first homily. Maybe a parable or something really easily hopeful considering how heavy the world feels right now. But here we are. An initial reading of these three scriptures is a little grim. We start with the stoning of Stephen and then move into two scriptures that pull pretty heavily on house imagery – which probably feels more hospitable outside of our current safer at home situation, when many of us are longing to be anywhere else. Plus, we get a familiar clobber verse in John …

Holy Wisdom Monastery announces next CEO

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Middleton, WI, May 8, 2020 – The Benedictine Women of Madison Board of Directors at Holy Wisdom Monastery is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles P. McLimans as the organizations next Chief Executive Officer. He will join Holy Wisdom Monastery on July 1, 2020. Charles McLimans currently serves as president and CEO of The River Food Pantry where he oversees all organizational strategies, while facilitating collaborative opportunities to achieve a fully nourished community. Prior to The River, McLimans served as the president and CEO of anti-hunger organizations including Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin—Wisconsin’s largest food bank—and Loaves and Fishes Community …