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How Did You Become a Sister?, Ft. Sister Denise West

Brooke Moriarty Community of Benedict, Monastic Life, Myth busting, Podcast, Rule of Benedict, Women Exploring Community 3 Comments

Want to be the first to hear every new episode? Click here to sign up for email notifications! How do you imagine one becomes a monk? Is it something you plan or something you discover? Do you have to be religious your whole life before joining a monastery? Truth be told, there is no one answer. Our own sister’s community at Holy Wisdom Monastery have an array of unique stories that led them to their lives here in Middleton. In this episode, we sit with Sister Denise West and listen to her journey from a non-secular home in Tennessee to …

Kids on the Prairie: Surprise and Awe

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By Julie Melton, Sunday Assembly member and Friends of Wisdom Prairie Council member What happened last Sunday morning was the perfect return to our Kids On the Prairie walks. Twenty-two parents and children spent an hour and a half exploring nature’s beauty and surprises. To start with, everyone got a hand lens. The small plastic lenses were nothing special, but they signaled that there is something special hidden in ordinary places: three cold spiders on a piece of old dried wood, a tiny bee on a dandelion, and little bugs on Nannyberry shrub buds and apple blossoms. These wonders and …

New books in the library—May 2021

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! May 2021 The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Bonowitz, Bernard.  Truly Seeking God.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019.  Carter, Warren.  Mark.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Casey, Michael.  Grace.  Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2018. Chittister, Joan.  Dear Joan Chittister.  New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2019. Chittister, Joan.  The Time is Now.  New York: Convergent, 2019. DeClaisse-Walford, Nancy.  Psalms.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2020. Delio, Ilia.  Birth of a Dancing Star.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019. Ellis, Robert.  The Christian Middle Way.  Winchester, UK: Christian Alternative, 2018. Gioia, Luigi.  …

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May 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 two Mays are the same. Events can be a few weeks earlier or later than …

David McKee’s Homily from April 25, 2021

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER April 25, 2021 Acts 4:5-12 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 I am the good shepherd.  I know my own and my own know me, just as God knows me and I know God.  When I first read this passage from today’s gospel text, I remembered the long summer afternoons at our neighborhood pool, when our children were young.  Most of the parents would be lounging around the pool, talking or reading, and occasionally taking a little dip in the water to cool off.  The children were all in the pool swimming and playing with one another, …

5 things you can do to show your love for birds

Amy Alstad Care for the Earth, Friends of Wisdom Prairie Leave a Comment

Their songs uplift our spirits and their powers of flight captivate our imagination.  Birds add immeasurable beauty and joy to our world, but their numbers are declining and they need our help! As spring migrants return to Wisconsin, here are five things you can do to help our feathered friends. Keep a list Birders just love lists! And for good reason; keeping track of the birds you see at your favorite neighborhood park, or in your backyard, or even all the species you see in a year will challenge your ID skills and reveal patterns you might otherwise miss. Spread the word …

Earth, Our Home

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By Dennis Crowley O Sacred Cosmos, wherein our Universe so massively and silently moves.  O Sacred Cosmos, where our Galaxy joins with numberless Galaxies drifting in spaces beyond our comprehension. O Sacred Cosmos, it is within this Universe and this Galaxy, that our small Solar System imperceptibly circulates in gyrations beyond our daily reckoning. O Sacred Cosmos, we come to you with heavy hearts because Earth, held so gently in this, oh so small Solar System, is in pain. O Sacred Cosmos, Earth is being buffeted, torn, scorched, and polluted by the very species honored with the charge, “Be faithful …

Sue Larson’s Homily from April 18, 2021

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    Third Sunday of Easter – Earth Day Sunday – April 18, 2021 Grace to you and peace from God the Creator, the Holy Spirit and Christ our Redeemer. Amen.      When we reflect on the seasons and days of the church year that we have just come through, there is a familiar pattern to them all. The Passion stories of Holy Week and Easter have common scenarios and traditions, from Palm Sunday to Good Friday to Easter Sunday morning that we know and find spiritually nourishing for our faith.  Following Easter, though, the stories in the New Testament range …

The presence of God in the mundane

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Benedictine spirituality recognizes the possibility of prayer – mindfulness of the presence of God – in all of life, including our mundane daily tasks.  David McKee shares his haiku… ora et labora– the warmth of just dried dishes

Lent calls us to new ways of living and being

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Lent is a yearly renewal program. A reminder to live out our baptismal call more fully. This is a time for introspective mediation. A time of letting go. A time of opening one’s heart in generosity. The hallmarks of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are opportunities to examine our thoughts and actions, and in doing so we are drawn together as people of faith. Even in today’s busy world and the uncertainty of life in a pandemic, Lent can call us to seek new ways of living and being.  Again we keep this solemn fastA gift of faith from ages past,This …