February 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. “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without …

Roberta Felker’s Homily from February 11, 2024

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Holy Wisdom Monastery The Transfiguration 2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9: 2-9 February 11, 2024 Roberta Felker (Peter, on the mountain) Not the light but how it spoke, his transfiguredflesh an instrument of consonance and discord.As if that were not enough, Elijah? Moses, too? James grabbed his knife. John stood mute, dis-figured by fear. And I? Well, some people act. Somewait, and then there are those who think out loud. Let’s build three sheds! I shouted, instantlyregretting it. What I meant was hold still, but my wordsnever come out right. When light stopped throbbing, tympani broke the sky. It …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from February 4, 2024

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Labels and names will be my focus today as we try to locate the “good news” in the scripture of the day. First off, labels and names are slippery and shaky. For instance, to the English in 1431, Joan of Arc was a heretic. But to the French, Joan was a martyr and saint. In our day labels and names are used to paint persons and groups into a societal corner so they can be better exploited by the powerful and wanna be powerful. For example, a person or group called a terrorist by one side might be called a …

What is a pilgrimage?

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Submitted by Carol Kretschman, Oblate This is the question we raised after our arrival at the Saint Columba Hotel on the Isle of Iona on September 16, 2023. We concurred that it wasn’t exactly like a retreat. And yet it was very similar. I remained perplexed. Then someone suggested that I read “The Art of Pilgrimage” by Phil Cousineau. He reminds the reader that the complete circle is the universal symbol for the soul – an image of wholeness – and the goal of the sacred journey is to become as whole again as possible. Our longing is the sign that …

Painted Turtle Love

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Submitted by Julie Melton, Friends of Wisdom Prairie and Sunday Assembly Member Remember painted turtles at Lost Lake basking on logs months ago? When they sense danger, they simply slide into the water and swim away. Some days you can see their noses poking out of the water. In winter they are living under the ice. With very slowed down respiration, they absorb dissolved oxygen through their skin. If the oxygen level drops too low, they absorb carbonate from their bones and skull which prevents them from dying by asphyxiation. Meanwhile, fall hatchling turtles and unhatched babies winter in nests …

Manato Jansen’s Homily from January 28, 2024

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The Authority of Love Engulfs Us Manato Jansen – 1/28/2024 Holy Wisdom Monastery I kind of enjoyed the daunting encounter with these scripture passages for this Sunday. They felt a bit all over the place. We start with Moses’s words of assurance to the Israelites at the end of his life that God will raise up another prophet who will speak the words of God. Then we read an entire chapter in the book of 1 Corinthians dedicated to the very contextual topic of meat sacrificed to idols in Corinth. Then, we read about how Jesus exorcized a demon in …

Holy Wisdom Monastery awarded to RENEW Wisconsin 2023 Clean Energy Honor Roll

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Jodi Jean Amble (Deputy Director RENEW WI), Erin Trondson (Executive Director of Holy Wisdom Monastery/ HWM), , Mark Hanson (volunteer and sustainable energy consultant), Sister Mary David (HWM Prioress), Neil Heskin (HWM Board Member), Toby Grabs (HWM Direcot of Operations), Josh Stolzenburg (CEO Northwind Solar), Niels Wolter (owner of Madison Solar Consulting), Sam Dunaiski (Executive Director RENEW WI) Submitted by Toby Grabs, director of operations Holy Wisdom Monastery’s new 300 kW solar array was selected for inclusion in RENEW Wisconsin’s 2023 Clean Energy Honor Roll. Images of Clean Energy Honor Roll projects were shown at RENEW Wisconsin’s 13th annual Energy Policy Summit. …

Inspired art

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Submitted by Janet Neurauter, mission advancement consultant Jennifer Peters had an idea. An accomplished photographer herself, she thought about creating an exhibit with artists working in different mediums and how they could blend their individual work into a unified show happening February 2 – April 28, 2024, at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Her idea came to fruition when Francine Tompkins (acrylic painting) and Jennifer Angelo (fiber art), agreed to work with her on this idea. Each artist created three inspiration pieces and the other two then worked in their own medium, interpreting the original work of art. The result is the new exhibit, …

New books in the library—February 2024

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! February 2024 The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Bourgeault, Cynthia.  The Heart of centering prayer.  Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 2016. Cassidy, Laurie, ed.  Desire, darkness, and hope.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press 2021. Hewett, Beth.  Grief on the road to Emmaus.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2023. Irwin, Kevin.  Ecology, liturgy, and the sacraments.  Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2023 Kim, Seung Chul.  The Center is everywhere.  Eugen, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2022 Koosed, Jennifer L.  Judith.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2022. Lane, Dermot.  Nature praising God.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2022 Lohfink, …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from January 21, 2024

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Homily: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time  Jan 21, 2024 Somewhere back in grade school, it was impressed upon me and my classmates that every story has a beginning, middle and an end. Today’s readings present us with two beginnings (one of which is also an end) and one end (which is really a middle). In the gospel, we have Mark’s breathless description of the call of the first four disciples as Jesus begins his public ministry. In the reading from the first letter to the Corinthians, we have a middle, even though Paul thinks it is an end. But that’s …