Woman crossing Rock City bridge

Mountain-Top Moments

The gospel for the second Sunday of Lent, the Transfiguration, is one of my favorite gospel stories. Jesus goes up Mt. Tabor with Peter, James, and John. And what happens? The disciples experience a magnificent happening. Jesus is transfigured–a sight to behold. Have you ever climbed a mountain? What was…

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Winter morning

First Things

I have always been an early riser, except in the winter when the dark, cold early mornings tempt me to remain under the warm covers for just a few minutes longer. Over the past year, a friend and I established a new pattern, although it happened somewhat by chance. We…

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A Different Lent

When asked to write a blog for Ash Wednesday, my first thought was that it would be easy. For those of us journeying with participants in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent are times of increased excitement. Time is flying by and…

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A Last Goodbye

As Benedictines around the world celebrate the Solemnity of St. Scholastica on February 10, I took up once again the well-loved and compelling story of the twins, Saints Benedict and Scholastica, from chapter 33 of the Life and Miracles of St. Benedict written by Pope Gregory the Great. The story…

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ut in omnibus glorificetur deus

From Where I Enter

Every time I enter our sacred chapel space, my attention is drawn to the Latin phrase painted in gold atop the main arch at the east end of the chapel: “ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus.”  In English it means: “that in all things God may be glorified”(1 Peter 4:11 and…

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Searching for Hope in Darkness

During this past year, especially the past couple of months, I find myself reflecting frequently about darkness, light, and hope. Daily during Lauds in chanting or reciting the Canticle of Zechariah, we profess our hope in God’s Love and Light: “In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from…

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Winner of Souls

When I entered Sacred Heart Monastery as a postulant in 1996, Sister Bernadette Sachs was in charge of the formation program for postulants and novices. At the same time, she was the Infirmarian as well, overseeing the care of the sick and the elderly. After reading the recent blog by…

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Yearning for God

We all have a yearning for God in our hearts, even those who claim they are not religious. The psalmist says it this way: O God, you are my God— it is you I seek! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, In a land parched, lifeless,…

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three magi on camels

What a Surprise!

I once had a car named Epiphania. (Yes, I name my cars.) Why “Epiphania?” It arrived on the Feast of the Epiphany, the feast of the manifestation of the Lord to the Gentiles. For me, this vehicle was a symbol of the manifestation of the Lord in my midst through…

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Sister Therese greets Sister Scholastica coming out of chapel

The Elders and the Young

I became a Benedictine when I was fourteen, even though I didn’t know it at the time. I listened with the ear of my heart and put what I learned into practice. I didn’t recognize my Grandma Whitedeer because she had completely transformed after Grandpa died in 1958, when I…

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