Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

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Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 These last couple of weeks, I have been looking a lot at the Easter accounts found in the four gospels. In reflecting on the resurrection story found in Matthew, that was proclaimed at the Easter vigil last night, the writer and pastor Joyce Holliday offers this account of our own time: “There is much around us that is awesome and awful. We know too well the divisions and suffering that plague our world.  We have seen that the authorities today use tactics similar to those employed 2,000 years ago, and many people scheme to play …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from Easter Vigil, April 11, 2020

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April 11, 2020                                               Easter Vigil                           Lynne Smith, OSB Matthew 28:1-10,                             “He is going ahead of you”             Romans 6:3-11                     At dawn, the first day of the week, “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.” They went expecting to see where Jesus dead body lay. They went no doubt to mourn, to remember, to try to bring closure to this terrible event. Since they knew they would see him no more, they went to see the tomb.             These days, we can understand their feelings. Each day we wake up to see how many more have …

Al Majkrzak’s Homily from April 5, 2020

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This is a different kind of day in the life of the church; a day with a split personality. We call it Palm / (slash) Passion Sunday. Our worship today reminds us of both the good times and the bad times of Jesus. Today we remember Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem with crowds waving palms and shouting hosanna. The event has been described as Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We also recall today Jesus’s climb to Calvary with the shouts of crucify him coming from the same crowds.  This rapid change of circumstances must have aroused strong feelings in Jesus, which …

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. “For …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from March 29, 2020

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God be in my mind, on my lips and in my heart that I may worthily proclaim your holy gospel. I imagine most of us have never had a Lenten experience quite like this.  Five and half weeks ago on Ash Wednesday we knew we had a crisis looming.  As we live through it, our emotional rollercoaster ride has taken us on a plummeting decline that has slowed to a crawl but is still headed downhill. Most unpleasant and scary on a visceral level. I dedicate this homily to those among us with the most to fear, those who have …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily from March 22, 2020

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Sunday Assembly Homily Fourth Sunday of Lent 2020 Steve Zwettler First Streaming of Sunday Assembly Liturgy In Time of Coronavirus Pandemic Readings: Chronicles:  2:34-22-33 Ephesians:  5:8-14 John:  9:1-41 “Sight & Light”      Oh My!  What an historic and unprecedented time right now!  Universities closed, schools closed, businesses closed, churches closed, government services closed sporting events closed, the stock market diving, countries closed—-who would have thought that a month ago that we would be experiencing such social and cultural upheaval?  The Coronavirus Pandemic and social distancing have turned our lives upside—-and as we gather for Prayer—thru this gift of technology and …

New books in the library—April 2020

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! April 2020 April brings the conclusion of Lent and hopefully good news with regards to the world’s battle with coronavirus.  Pray for those who are ill, who have lost loved ones, and who are on the front lines. The monastery library 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.  …

David McKee’s Homily for March 15, 2020

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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT March 15, 2020 Exodus 17:1-7 Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42 Today’s text from John’s gospel is a long and rich feast.  There is something for everyone.  For those with a literary appetite, there is the fascinating irony in the narration of the story.  Both the Samaritan woman and the disciples get stuck in a literal interpretation of what Jesus tells them about living water and about food.  As the readers of the story, we experience a little spark of satisfaction from our collusion with the narrator:  we are in on the meaning of what Jesus is saying, …

March phenology (the awakening season)

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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. …