Jerry Folk’s Homily from August 18, 2019

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August 18, 2019 Holy Wisdom, Madison, WI In today’s first reading, Jeremiah denounces the false prophets of his time. These people are not prophets of Baal like those Elijah confronted 150 years earlier. They claim to be prophets of Yahweh, the God of Israel and to have a message from Yahweh for the people.  “God is pleased with you,” they tell the people. “You are so religious. You visit the temple, you pray, you perform you daily rituals. Just keep doing what you’re doing and living like you’re living and everything will be alright.” Here is Jahweh’s message to you. …

Patti La Cross’s Homily from August 11, 2019

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  Today’s Scriptures remind us that the One we call God has been revealed to us with rich fullness of being. Awesome- and intimate, our history with God is studded with frequent surprises, tender assurances, and at times great demands for those who believe. In today’s gospel Jesus echoes God’s words to Abram  “Do not be afraid!” Who ever says that, if what follows is not unsettling?   We hear first of Abram agreeing to set out to places unknown and longing to father an heir. God promises him the star- studded heavens, and in time he has not one, …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from August 4, 2019

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Sermon for Sunday, August 4, 2019 – RICH TOWARD GOD Preached at Sunday Assembly of Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI Texts are Luke 12:13-21 with a reference to Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 Here in America’s breadbasket, amid maturing fields of corn and beans and pastures filled with herds of cows, today’s Gospel passage is particularly apt. I grew up in similar farm country on western Iowa’s rolling, hilly slopes near the Missouri River. Recently I drove out to my hometown and spent a few days visiting family and preaching at a small town church where a friend is the pastor. …

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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 …

Libby Caes’s Homily from July 28, 2019

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July 28, 2019 Genesis 18:20-32; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13   In 2015 Dave and I took a summer road trip to Quebec. Our last overnight stop was in a small town in northern Wisconsin.  I went into the motel to register and the person at the counter noticed we were from Madison. “Madtown, every time I drive through Madtown my hair stands on end. I want to get through there as fast as I can.” It was clear to me that she had labeled us and hated Madison. The urban/rural divide of Wisconsin was palpable in that motel lobby. Reading …

New books in the library—August 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! August 2019   Summer is half over and the stores are subtly (or not so subtly) reminding us that the school year will be starting again soon.   Before the hectic school year returns, take time to contemplate the beauty of summer, find some peace within and participate in a program at the monastery.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collections:   A Benedictine Reader.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019. Casey, Michael.  Balaam’s Donkey.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Chia, Edmund.  World Christianity Encounters World Religions.  Collegeville, …

Terry Larson’s Homily from July 21, 2019

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The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost July 21, 2019 Terry Larson Luke 10: 38-42 In our Gospel reading from Luke, Jesus and the disciples are visiting the home of Martha and Mary. We don’t know if the women were given any lead time to prepare or whether Jesus and his followers just showed up….at dinner time.  Martha, not a person to order out or just throw something together, was working hard to get a special meal ready for these beloved guests.  She did that with the same vigor for hospitality as Abraham and Sarah receiving the three visitors at their tent …

Jody Crowley Beers’s Homily from July 20, 2019

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Homily for Oblate 20th Anniversary Liturgy by Jody Crowley Beers It is good to be here. To quote eecummings: “I THANK YOU GOD FOR MOST THIS AMAZING DAY” And it is AMAZING: 20 years since this particular oblate community began, since the Spirit moved the sisters and all of us onto a path that brought us to here and now             they invited us into their space/rule/spirituality/community/lives/values/prayer             & I don’t think anyone imagined what we would become This very special anniversary and today’s readings have2 themes running through them: Spirit: the Spirit of God that permeates and creates the …

Finding the presence of goodness

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In our morning chapter meetings we are reading an article by Demetrius Dumm, OSB, “On Religious Community.” It was published in Benedictines, in 1976. Dumm was a Scripture scholar from St. Vincent’s Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He was steeped in the Benedictine way of life. The quote below caught my attention this week.  “In those large areas of human experience that can be described as ambiguous, the believer will assume the presence of goodness. This assumption allows the latent goodness to appear and the situation can be ‘redeemed.’” (p. 75) So much of what we hear about in the news …

July 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. July Phenology The following July events are from observations I have recorded over the years: Unusually …