Holy Wisdom Monastery Creating Interactive Meditation Trail

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Holy Wisdom Monastery is known by mindfulness and meditation practitioners for its quiet, contemplative retreat center. It is also known by outdoors enthusiasts for its walking trails through 130 acres of restored prairie, wetland and oak savanna. Soon Holy Wisdom might be known for its one of a kind meditation trail which brings meditation and land restoration together. Holy Wisdom Monastery is installing small decks for meditation in different restored plant communities around their property, all connected with a walking trail. Toby Grabs, director of operations, elaborated, “There will be six platforms total, one in a pine woods, another in …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from October 10, 2021

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Homily preached at Holy Wisdom Monastery’s Sunday Assembly – October 10, 2021 Back in the dark ages when I went to seminary, I was taught that the Psalms were not for preaching, but rather that they were to be understood as liturgical responses to the weekly lection from the Hebrew Bible. Yet I can’t help but feel that a key verse from Psalm 90 pretty much sums up the whole range of matters that we explore in all of today’s readings: “Let us count our days,” the psalmist wrote, “that we may gain a wise heart.” To quote the shepherd …

Evolution of Holy Wisdom’s Relationship with SARTHI

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By Raj Atalla, Sunday Assembly Member The relationship began during a time when our son Ian was travelling in India for language and cultural studies; it was the 2005 to 2006 academic year. Soon after he arrived there, he was walking the streets of Delhi and saw a young boy with a cleft palate who seemed to be quite timid in comparison to the other kids his age on the streets. Ian took the boy, whose name was Akshay, to a hospital nearby and asked what it would cost to have the cleft repaired. He was told it would be …

Fr. Dan Ward’s Homily from September 26, 2021

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HOLY WISDOM MONASTERY 26 SEPTEMBER 2021 Hills and mountains have a special place in Scripture.  Moses received the law on Mt Sinai.  Jesus taught on a hill in the gospel. The transfiguration occurred on a mountain. Mountains and hills, luminal spaces, are crossroads of creation and creator.  Sacred places, tangible meeting places of humanity and divinity.  Each time I have come to Holy Wisdom Monastery and turn onto Highway M, I first see flat lands.  Eventually I see trees rising on hills and then on a hill a bold building towers to the sky.  I have my first glimpses of …

New books in the library—October 2021

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! October 2021 The leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisper and there is still plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors.  Just remember to bring a jacket. 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. …

A Celebration of Community Living

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Benedictine Sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery Celebrate Community and Breaking Barriers Middleton, WI September 21, 2021 — A small community of Benedictine Sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery celebrates a combined 151 years of religious life this weekend, Sept. 24-26, 2021, at their Celebration of Community. In addition, they welcome a new Sister into their community on Sunday, as Novice Everline Jeruto makes her first monastic profession. The Sisters at Holy Wisdom live together in community and follow the Gospel and the Rule of Benedict. For 68 years they have lived out their mission of weaving prayer, hospitality, justice and care …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from September 19, 2021

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Homily for Sep 19, 2021 Today’s gospel is strikingly similar to last Sunday’s.  The setting is the time after a series of stunning events-feedings of impossible numbers, healings, walking on water and for Peter, James and John, witnessing the brilliance of the transfiguration. The disciples are, to say the least, VERY impressed. They begin to understand that this Jesus is not just some rustic preacher proclaiming a message of repentance. They are beginning to suspect…even believe that they have fallen in with the long-awaited messiah, the savior of the Jewish nation prophesied by Scriptures. And they begin to “discuss” among …

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2021 Bird Migration

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September is the peak month for bird migration in our area. Some species including early migrators like Baltimore Orioles and Yellow Warblers are already mostly departed. Many species who spent the summer in our area now gather in mixed flocks in large numbers to feast on berries, insects and seeds as they store energy for their journey. They are joined by other species who pass through WI on their migration down from their northern breeding grounds. Soaring birds like hawks, eagles, pelicans and swallows usually migrate during the day. Songbirds often migrate at night when the wind subsides, and spend …

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“Raj’s Journey with the Sisters & the Holy Spirit at the Monastery,” The Holy Wisdom Podcast

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Want to be the first to hear every new episode? Click here to sign up for email notifications! Through understanding others, we can better understand ourselves. Glean insight from Rajai Atalla’s story and his spiritual journey with the sisters of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Learn what he understands about the holy spirit and the direction he believes the Christian church will move toward in the future. Where to Listen? You can listen to The Holy Wisdom Podcast at any of these online locations: Our Blog, under the “Podcast” Category Anchor.fm Apple Podcasts Breaker Google Podcasts Spotify RadioPublic PocketCasts

Roberta Felker’s Homily from September 5, 2021

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Holy Wisdom Monastery 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time September 5, 2021 Wisdom 10: 15-18, 20-21; 11: 1-5; James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mark 7: 24-37 “Listen … and attend with the ear of your heart.” ~ Benedict of Nursia, Prologue to the Rule of Benedict The wisdom literature that is the sixth century Rule of Benedict deals with “answers to the great questions of the human condition,” as our favorite modern-day Benedictine, Joan Chittister tell us.  Listening with the ear of our heart is about listening even when we would rather not hear; it challenges us to “hear in the tongue of …