Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from May 6, 2018

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In my formative years of the 1950s and 60s I was acutely aware of the in-groups and out-groups that defined and described who I was. Adults around me made much of their ethnic roots and their religious roots and their socio-economic roots and their political roots. I suspect this is true for many people gathered here today. My in-group advanced in the world in a competitive sort of way. For instance, it was understood that the land-owning class of people in my hometowns of Racine and Kenosha tended to be White Anglo Saxon Protestant (or WASP). It could be further …

Colleen Hartung’s Homliy from April 29, 2018

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An evangelist, a eunuch and the unbounded love of God. Homily, April 29, 2018 Colleen D. Hartung   I know most of us do not read the bulletin – at least not all the way to the end – but if you did you would know that every week, on the back page there is a list of ministers for the next week’s liturgy.  Skimming that list last Sunday, I knew that it would be foolishness to ignore today’s first reading from the Book of Acts and – at least in this instance – I am not a foolish woman.  …

New books in the library—May 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! May 2018 For many of us, May signals the start of our outdoor activities—mowing, raking, gardening and barbeques. And if I didn’t have your attention after barbeques, how about graduation parties to attend, Mother’s Day to celebrate, and Memorial Day weekend to savor as the kick-off to summer.   As part of your celebration of the month of May, come to the monastery and participate in one of the Wisdom Prairie workdays, stroll the nature trails, or visit the library and browse through its many resources.   We hope to see you …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily for April 22, 2018

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Wiesenfarth Joseph Homily:  22 April 2018 Acts 4:5-12; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18   Of the many years of my life, I’ve lived all but one in cities:  New York, Washington, Detroit, London, Paris, Freiburg, and Madison.  Consequently, I am the last person imaginable to talk knowingly to you today about shepherds and sheep.  All that I know about both, in spite of a few weeks in New Zealand where sheep outnumber people, I leaned from Thomas Hardy’s excellent novel Far From the Madding Crowd (1874).  Moreover, I think that novels that feature donkeys prove more interesting than those that …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from April 15, 2018

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Third Sunday of Easter April 15, 2018 (Acts 3: 12-19; I John 3:1-7; Luke 24: 36b-48)   I have to confess that what I have to say today is a second draft. As I went about my first draft, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I was off to a wrong start.   In that first draft, I wanted to take up Luke’s account of what Steve last week irreverently called Jesus eating fish and chips with his followers. I wanted to explore the contrast, if not contradiction, between Luke’s emphasis that Jesus’ risen body was physical …

One last blog

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  As my last blog, I am writing to let everyone know about my plans after my sojourner experience (for the few of you I have not already told) and to thank you all for your part in my time at the monastery. After I am done with this six-month program at Easter, I will be living in Madison for a few months. I have the honor and time commitment to be in two wedding parties, so I will stick around until they are done. After that, I hope to move to Illinois to start my Masters in Library Science, …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

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Easter • 4/1/18 • Acts 10:34-43; 1 Cor 15:1-11; Jn 20:1-18 • Leora Weitzman Part of being human is the experience of feeling abandoned… times when everything seems to be falling apart, projects, relationships, health, home, the whole world–maybe even all at once.   What used to work doesn’t any more, nor does anything else.  Once-reliable methods, routines, institutions, beliefs, even people no longer deliver as they used to.  There’s frustration… loss… disorientation. This is a time of great creative potential, because the old perspectives are losing their grip, ultimately making room for new ways of seeing and doing.  But it …

April 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 month ends or begins overnight. Events can be a few weeks early or late. General …

Libby Caes’ Homily from Easter Vigil, March 31, 2018

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Easter Vigil 2018 “Living in the mystery” Genesis 1:1-2:4a, Genesis 17:15-22, Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 6:3-11, Mark 16:1-8   Tonight we are encased in mystery. Symbols of this mystery are everywhere. The darkness and the silence. The absence of the cross. The Easter fire and the Easter candle and the light we have shared. The baptismal font and Eucharist. The Exultant and the alleluias And creation itself, the full moon. These symbols are not ends in themselves, but mirror something much greater.   The mystery that envelopes us is not like a story written by your favorite mystery author. It is …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from Good Friday, March 30, 2018

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Good Friday Reflection                                                                               March 30, 2018 John 19: 16b-30 “It is finished.” What exactly is finished? Samuel Wells of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, London, in an essay, “Preaching Crucifixion,” (in Journal for Preachers, Vol. XXXIX No. 3 Easter 2016, pp. 2-6) guides my thoughts for this reflection. Jesus’ life and ministry are finished and the reconciliation of God and creation is finished. Wells suggest our misconceptions of who Jesus are also finished. Finished is the image of Jesus as a conquering hero. Gone are any hopes that Jesus will use his power to rout the Romans and set up his reign. Destroyed is …