David McKee’s Homily from January 23, 2022

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THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 23, 2022 Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Luke 4:14-21 Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing. This assertion by Jesus is the capping statement, the climax of our scripture readings this morning.  It is also the first teaching that the adult Jesus gives as recorded in Luke’s gospel.  He gives this teaching in his hometown of Nazareth.  He goes there after two signal events:   his baptism by his cousin, John, and, after the baptism, a 40-day solitary retreat in the desert.  On that retreat, …

Roberta Felker’s Homily from January 16, 2022

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Holy Wisdom Monastery January 16, 2022 The Wedding Feast at Cana Isaiah 62:1-5; I Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11 Roberta M. Felker__________________ In 1634, the wedding at Cana was the subject of a poetry contest at Cambridge University. Students were given three hours to compose a poem in Latin, based on the wedding story.  At the end of the three hours, Richard Crashaw, known later as a metaphysical poet, handed in his paper.  Upon it, he had written one line. Translated from the Latin, it read: “The shame-faced water saw its Lord, and blushed.” Crashaw won the prize.     This morning’s readings celebrate …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from January 9, 2022

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Baptism of Jesus • Isaiah 43:1–7 • Acts 8:14–17 • Luke 3:15–17, 21–22 • January 9, 2022 These words are for you as well; let them sink into your being. “You are my child, my Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” To picture the baptism John offered, we have to strip away our scripted church ceremonies and take our imaginations outdoors to an undeveloped streamside. We have to visualize adults brave enough to accept John’s invitation to reform their lives into a pathway, a channel, for the power and direction of God. Such a reform entails some serious letting …

Dick Wagner

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The sisters and Holy Wisdom Monastery community are saddened by the sudden death of Dick Wagner on Dec. 13, 2021. He was a community servant and gay rights leader for decades in Madison and beyond. Click here to read his obituary. At the monastery, Dick was a long-time member of Sunday Assembly. He championed LGBTQ+ rights and introduced many people to the monastery. He was involved in the monastery’s fundraising efforts and was a regular sponsor for many events. He wrote the case statement for the campaign to raise the money to purchase the 55 acres which is now Wisdom …

Terry Larson’s Homily from December 26, 2021

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Christmas I December 26, 2021 I Samuel 2:18-20,26; Colossians 3: 12-17; Luke 2: 41-52 Blessings to all on this First Sunday After Christmas!  Today we leap from the beloved birth story of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel to the young man Jesus, age 12, teaching in the temple. What happened between Jesus’ infancy and his adolescence? We don’t have any canonical biblical stories about Jesus’ childhood.  But there are apocryphal books which contain some really unbelievable stories about the young boy Jesus. For instance in the ‘Infancy Gospel of Thomas’ one of the stories has five year old Jesus playing on …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021

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Christmas Eve 2021                                                                                    Lynne Smith, OSB When I started working on this homily, I wanted to talk about how the Christmas story gives us hope. I Googled “where do we find hope at Christmas”, just to see what would come up. I was amused when Google said I could find it at Target, Walmart and Barnes and Noble. I thought “Consumerism has reached its peak.” Then I noticed Hope at Christmas is a novel, and it can indeed be purchased at Target, Walmart and Barnes and Noble if you are interested. In these days of polarization, the disruption of COVID, …

New books in the library—January 2022

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! January 2022 A new year, new opportunities to reconnect with your spiritual side and nature.  Keep that in mind when you think about New Year’s resolutions. The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Benedict, Saint, Abbot of Monte Cassino.  St. Benedict’s Rule.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021. Bonowitz, Bernard.  Truly Seeking God.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019.  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. Coffey, Kathy.  More …

New Electric Vehicle for Land Management

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Caring for the Earth gets one step cleaner, one step greener On December 10th, we purchased an electric Polaris Ranger UTV.  This electric vehicle will be used almost daily on the trails and grounds at Holy Wisdom for numerous land care tasks. It replaces our previous diesel-powered UTV.  The biggest appeal of switching to electric is having the ability to power the vehicle entirely from electricity produced on-site by our solar panels.  Additional benefits include lower maintenance costs and particulate emissions, as well as much lower noise pollution to promote a contemplative atmosphere and the Benedictine value of silence. Thank …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from December 12, 2021

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Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent 2021: Advent Dreams As I started preparing for this homily last Sunday evening, I took a little time just trying to settle into the season. The weeks before and after Thanksgiving had been hectic and I really hadn’t had much time to even notice, much less reflect upon the beginning of the new church year. So, upon returning from yet another commute from Madison to Boston I settled into a chair in our living room, put on some traditional Advent music, lit a candle and tried to clear a little internal space to prepare myself …

New books in the library—December 2021

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! December 2021 This month we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Let this joyous event carry us through Advent, Christmas and into the New Year.  The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Benedict, Saint, Abbot of Monte Cassino.  St. Benedict’s Rule.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021. Bonowitz, Bernard.  Truly Seeking God.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019. 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. Coffey, Kathy.  More Hidden Women …