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“Jerusalem as the Ultimate Ecumenical Place,” 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! Rajai Atalla grew up immersed in what it truly means to be ecumenical. He was born in Jerusalem, a spiritual city important to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. In this podcast, he describes how the prominent religions affected the culture and how his grandmother influenced his relationship with the divine. 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

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from July 25, 2021

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17th Sun in Ordinary Time • 2 Kings 4:42-44 • Ephesians 3:14-21 • John 6:1-21 • July 25, 2021 Once upon a time there was a mighty prophet who led his people to safety right through the sea, even though it was impossible. Later he went up a mountain and brought back a just and honorable way of life. Many generations later, people told with wonder how another prophet made a little food go a long way—although mothers and cooks have been doing that since the beginning, so maybe the miracle was how well it was done by a man …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from July 11, 2021

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Solemnity of Benedict and Scholastica – July 11, 2021                        Lynne Smith, OSB Proverbs 4:7-13                                Acts 2:42-47                                      Matthew 23:8-12             The readings for today were selected especially for the Solemnity of Benedict and Scholastica. Each of them provides some background for monastic life. The Rule of Benedict, written by Benedict of Nursia, Italy, belongs to wisdom literature as does the book of Proverbs. Wisdom literature, found in many cultures, reflects on the nature of life and offers teaching and advice for living a good life. According to one commentator on Proverbs, “human wisdom is a love of reality, …

Kids On the Prairie Is Growing

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By Julie Melton, Sunday Assembly, Friends of Wisdom Prairie Click on images to watch slideshow After a year-long break due to Covid-19, Kids On the Prairie returned in April and May. What a great return it has been! More than 20 adults and children participated each month. Care for the Earth is a Benedictine value enacted at Holy Wisdom Monastery by the Friends of Wisdom Prairie and many others. Kids On the Prairie is one of the environmental education activities that we support to promote this value because Earth’s future depends on children respecting the environment. We want to nurture …

New books in the library—July 2021

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! July 2021 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. 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. Coffey, Kathy.  More Hidden Women of the Gospels.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2020. DeClaisse-Walford, Nancy.  Psalms.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from June 20, 2021

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Whirlwinds and Liminal crossings Mark 4: 35-41 Colleen D. Hartung Our readings today start with God speaking from the heart of a mighty whirlwind and end with Jesus calming a storm that threatens to swamp the disciple’s boat and end their lives before their ministry even begins.  In both cases, for Job and the disciples, the storm is disorienting and meant to signal the possibility of some transformation or reordering that might allow the protagonists in these stories to see their lives, their relationships, their faith and their ways of being in new ways.  As a way of considering the …

Woodchuck family makes Holy Wisdom home

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By Howard Fenton, Friends of Wisdom Prairie Council At this time of the year a lot of different kinds of families are calling Holy Wisdom home. And there’s one in particular I’d like to tell you about; the woodchuck, or the groundhog to some, or the whistle pig to others. The woodchuck, which doesn’t actually chuck wood, or eat it, is in the Order of Rodents, a member (the largest in fact) of the squirrel family. It’s scientific name is Marmota monax. The genus name gives you a clue that the woodchuck is related to marmots, while the species name …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from June 13, 2021

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With apologies to anyone listening who knows anything about civil engineering, I  begin today reflecting on bridge-building. A bridge can take us from the known to the unknown, across ravines of misunderstanding to the firm ground of mutual appreciation for another’s perspective and vision. The Greek speaking world of St. Paul in his missionary travels put a lot of stock in persuasion. In the culture of Western Europe and North America we are accustomed to persuading others to our point of view. You can see how well that is working on our political landscape. In the culture of the Jews …

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Living at a Monastery, ft. former Sojourner Sarah Wilkin Gibart

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Want to be the first to hear every new episode? Click here to sign up for email notifications! In this episode, we sit down with Sarah Wilkin Gibart, a member of Sunday Assembly, to explore her experience as a Benedictine Sojourner – living among the sisters and working with them for half a year! Journey with us as Sarah shares how she learned of the Benedictine Sojourner experience, what she gained, and how it helped her grow as she stepped into the next phase of her life. If you’re interested in learning more about the sisters’ community and upcoming experiences, …

Roberta Felker’s Homily from the Feast of the Holy Trinity, May 30, 2021

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Feast of the Holy Trinity Holy Wisdom Monastery May 30, 2021 Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 Roberta M. Felker “What do we pray for but the equation that helps us make sense of what happens in our daily lives? What do we believe in if not that which tells us we’re alive? “ ~ A. Van Jordan These two lines from the American poet, A. Van Jordan’s splendid collection bookend today’s reflection. What do we pray for but the equation that helps us make sense of what happens in our daily lives?  What do we believe in if not that …