Terry Larson’s Homily from Ascension Sunday, June 2, 2019

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Ascension Sunday Homily June 2, 2019 Terry Larson   It was about this time of year. Sue & I were living in Cuba City where I was pastor of a Lutheran church and Sue was attending seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. It was a Saturday afternoon and I was trying to finish a sermon. My church office looked out on to the parsonage garage. The parsonage was close to the church… 8 feet to be exact. I was frustrated because the sermon wasn’t coming together. The Spirit seemed absent. She must have been over at St. Rose of Lima Church working …

David McKee’s Homily from May 26, 2019

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Sixth Sunday of Easter May 26, 2019 Acts 16:9-15, Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, John 5:1-9   This morning, I’m going to begin with something of a shaggy dog story, or, more accurately I guess, a “shaggy David story.”  Not because I like to hear the sound of my own voice…well, maybe a little…but because I think my experience of creating this homily exemplifies, in some ways, the reflections on the gospel that I want to share today.  When I first read today’s Gospel passage, I thought my worst nightmare had come true:  that I had to preach on the subject of …

New books in the library—June 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! June 2019 Summer can be just as busy as any other time of the year. There are weddings to attend, family reunions and vacations to plan, farmer’s markets and outdoor concerts to enjoy. In the midst of all these activities we still need quiet time. Why not make time to for daily pray, seek out nature or discover the rich resources of the monastery library? We hope to see you soon.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Hurd, Bob.  Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People.  Collegeville, MN: …

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 …