A Sunflower Story

Sister Michelle and I have been challenged in our efforts grow sunflowers this summer. A chipmunk, a cat, and a zealous retreatant who was assisting with weeding have all taken part in upsetting the project in one way or another. A few plants have been rescued, but the larger portion…

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Community in chapel

Present While Absent

“…and with our absent Sisters” is the response recited by all present at the end of Lauds and Vespers in our monastic community. It is a response to the prayer leader’s request for God’s continued presence or assistance throughout the day or night. This is a common practice in Benedictine…

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Gold in Your Memories book with pen and paper

Writing from the Heart

I have discovered that the best form of prayer for me is to write from the heart. With paper and pen, immersed in the beauty of nature, I continue to be amazed at God’s revelation to me as the holy words begin to float across the page. My favorite form…

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Dove in swirling fire

Pentecost Power

The weekend that I’m writing this blog, the Church is ablaze in red to celebrate the feast of Pentecost. The verse that first jumps into my mind is from the Book of Acts 1:8. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he encouraged his disciples with this promise: “…you will receive power…

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Joyful Multi-Generational Living

“We have said that all should be called for counsel because God often reveals to the younger what is best.”  RB 3:3  In no place is age to determine rank in community.” RB 63:5  The younger… must honor their elders and the older love the younger… “They should try to…

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Supplies on the Journey Part 1

A definition of journey is traveling from one place to another; and one of the synonyms is trip. A journey can be long or short. We may think of a journey or trip using a vehicle, plane, or train; but walking is also included in traveling from one place to…

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Sacred Heart of Jesus statue at monastery entrance

Monastery in the World

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; prefer nothing to the love of Christ.” RB 4:20-21 The first time I visited Sacred Heart Monastery I was with good friends, who had surrounded me with their love and concern and thought a trip to such a place…

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Sister doing lectio divina

Lectio Divina: A Prayer That Makes Us One

Some of us at the monastery have been reading and discussing Fr. Michael Casey’s new book Coenobium, pronounced koe̯ˈ or t͡ʃeˈ (Don’t feel bad; I mispronounce it all the time!) In biology the Latin term refers to a colony of cells that act as a single organism, such as algae….

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New wild hydrangea leaves

Handling Transitions

“Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives.” This kind of sums up several Scripture passages I have been pondering lately. One of these passages is from Ecclesiastes 3:1-12 which begins, “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the…

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Do You Love Me?

A couple of weeks ago the play Fiddler on the Roof, the 1964 Broadway classic, came to the city where I live. The play, one of my all-time favorites, is the tale of Tevye the dairyman, his wife Golde, and his family’s struggles in a changing Russia. The three oldest…

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