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“Restoration and Care for the Earth,” 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! What does it truly mean to “care for the earth“?  In this episode, take a deeper look at what “care for the earth” means from two leaders of our natural restoration efforts – retired Land Manager, Greg Armstrong and his successor, Amy Alstad, PhD. Both our guests share their knowledge of the restoration work that the sisters have done over the years.  You’ll also hear about Friends of Wisdom Prairie, one of our volunteer communities, and their amazing contributions to the land at …

Patti La Cross’s Homily from Good Friday, April 2, 2021

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Good Friday 2021                                                                               Holy Wisdom Monastery Isaiah 52:13-53:12; John 19:16-30                                                   Patti La Cross   I suspect that today we approach the cross not only a year older,  but humbled – by our own experiences and losses, by the suffering of those we know and those we don’t, and by our growing awareness of the compounding impacts of racism and poverty. These opening opportunities to worship in person are indeed a boost for the gathered, and hopefully an encouragement to those who may soon be here. Wherever we are now, we turn to reflect on this central event of our faith:  …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from Holy Thursday, April 1, 2021

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Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2021 Holy Wisdom Monastery, Madison, WI             Today’s Gospel is the beginning of Jesus’ long Farewell Address which  continues through chapter 17 verse 26. The leitmotif of this whole Address is the word which summarizes Jesus’ entire ministry—Love. Today’s Gospel begins with love—Jesus’ love for his own, whom he loved to the end;  and it ends with love. “A new commandment I give you…that you love one another just as I have loved you. That’s how people will know  you are my disciples.” The body of this Gospel in John’s story of Jesus’ last attempt to …

A Year of Unity: That All May Be One

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As Christians, we journey through Lent and Jesus’ death toward the Resurrection – God’s promise of eternal life – and the celebration of Easter. In our daily lives we celebrate the coming of spring, the vaccine and the hope of brighter days ahead as we slowly emerge from the isolation wrought by the pandemic. Through both journeys we are reminded of the essential value of connectedness in the world today. Thus, we celebrate a year of unity, that all may be one, the phrase from the Gospel of John that is engraved above the entrance of the monastery building. It …

New books in the library—April 2021

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! April 2021 We celebrate the Resurrection and the start of the Easter season this month.  Stay safe. 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 …

We Glory in the Cross

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Submitted by Sister Joanne Kollasch, Benedictine Women of Madison We glory in the cross, in Christ, the crucified. In him we die to sin and self and in God’s grace abide. We glory in the cross, in Christ, the risen One. In him we know the Spirit’s life and pow’r of Gospel word. The arms of Jesus’ cross encompass all the earth; in this embrace we find our peace and in this death, new birth. We glory in the cross, salvation’s shape and sign, the pledge of everlasting life, the span of God’s design. The folly of the cross is …

Breaking impulsive action

Nancy Enderle Lenten Reflections 2 Comments

For several years I have taken up a practice during Lent that has jolted me out of habitual action and set a more intentional behavior in its place: I stop eating while standing.  Honestly, I’m not even certain from where the idea came or whether this would be sanctioned a legitimate Lenten discipline in the eyes of anyone who might grant such an attestation. I just knew that it targeted a behavior that represented a lack of discipline and mindfulness in my life. And my vague childhood memory as a Protestant among a majority of Roman Catholics was that Lenten …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from March 14, 2021

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Sermon for March 14, 2021 John 3:16 is perhaps the New Testament’s most fondly remembered verse. Still, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with this verse. I do love it, of course, because on the one hand, John 3:16 is as William Barclay describes it, “Everybody’s text.” On the other hand, whenever someone mentions it, the image that pops up in my mind is not the verse itself, but some guy holding a sign with that text reference emblazoned on it as he sits in the end zone at a televised NFL football game, or at least that was how …

Be still

Holy Wisdom Monastery Lenten Reflections 4 Comments

By Steve Zwettler, Sunday Assembly member For some people, stillness is frightening. For other people, stillness is peaceful. For spiritual seekers, stillness is a garden of the Holy One. As the years creep up on me, the season of Lent seems to be more and more an opportunity for grace-filled stillness rather than ascetical discipline. Psalm 46 has such wise and rich spiritual advice for this Lenten Season: “Be still and know that I am God.” There is something counter cultural and deeply enriching about stilling our hearts, stilling our minds, stilling our bodies and breathing in the One who is our All. …