David McKee’s Homily from May 8, 2022

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Fourth Sunday of Easter May 8, 2022 Acts 9:36-43 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 Two fragments from today’s gospel: …you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. and God and I are one. Spoken by John’s Jesus to the religious authorities, these two proclamations have been arising, persisting, and fading away in my mind, over and over in the last several weeks. What I have to say this morning, for what it’s worth, is my own thinking out loud about what they mean to me, and how I see them as related …

Binoculars Available to Borrow While Exploring at Holy Wisdom Monastery

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Friends of Wisdom Prairie is pleased to share a new opportunity: Holy Wisdom now has binoculars available for all to borrow. Bird watching is a lovely activity that perfectly complements Benedictine spirituality. It invites you to appreciate the beauty of creation. It pairs well with silence, stillness and contemplation, and connects you to the many birds flourishing here as a result of our work caring for the earth. To borrow a pair of binoculars, visit the front desk in the Monastery building and speak with the porter (front desk volunteer). Binoculars are available Monday-Friday starting at 10:00 am and must …

A Blessing

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May youlike the milkweed and the foxglove of the prairieassent fresh each morning to being scatteredand buriedin the dark, moist soil of God. May youlike the purple prairie clover and the rattlesnake masterof the prairie sow and be sownin the Godwho loves this world beyond measure and without regret. Bless you. You are holy ground. This blessing is given to the Ecumenical Center for Clergy Spiritual Renewal (ECCSR) pastors after their first immersion from the people and place of Holy Wisdom Monastery. We hope you enjoyed this Benedictine Reflection. Learn more about the sisters’ mission and the Year of Beauty …

Alison Long’s Homily from May 1, 2022

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This is a story about Peter. And as it turns out, our story actually starts several weeks before we find Peter fishing – standing outside the courtyard of a high priest on the night Jesus has been arrested. Peter stands, warming himself at a charcoal fire among the guards and slaves of the high priest. Three times that night, he is asked whether he is a disciple of Jesus. And – we know the story – three times he denies his role as a disciple – his place in the community. From there, things unfold so quickly we sort of …

prairie smoke at Holy Wisdom Monastery

May 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. No two Mays are the same. Events can be a few weeks earlier or later than …

Lynne Smith’s Homily, April 30, 2022

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Holy Wisdom Monastery  Memorial Service for R. Richard (Dick) Wagner  April 30, 2022, 3 pm  Homily by Lynne Smith, OSB It won’t surprise you to know that Dick made detailed plans for his memorial service. He chose the readings and the music. He chose the pictures to be displayed and the people he wanted involved if they were available. He planned for refreshments after the service and the portrait he wanted on the program cover. As the consummate and elegant host that he was, he planned this, his final gathering, to provide for us that we might remember him and …

Mutually blessed

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Recently we’ve been blessed by interactions with three communities of youth and young adults in the Madison area. Earlier this year, Youth Director Becca Feldhacker, from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Verona, reached out to Sister Lynne to invite the sisters to participate in their spring youth retreats on the theme of rhythms, ritual and repetition. In Mid-March Sister Lynne and I joined a discussion panel for nearly 50 6th and 7th graders on the rhythms and rituals of Benedictine/monastic life. The students, parents and coworkers offered us hospitality, prayer and laughter at their beautiful church. We were delighted to reconnect …

Thank You, Volunteers! 

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Dear Volunteers of Holy Wisdom Monastery,  Words cannot express the value that volunteers have at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Over many years, you have supported this small community of sisters in their mission, and helped guide the monastery toward bringing Benedictine spirituality to the greater community. However you serve the monastery – on the prairie, in the kitchen, at Sunday Assembly, on a committee, as a spiritual guide, at the front desk or elsewhere – know that you are always welcomed and needed here. As coworkers, we look to you for the wisdom, energy and talents that you bring to Holy …

Easter Reflection

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By Pam Shellberg The biblical story familiarly known as Paul’s Damascus Road experience (Acts 9) is really less a story of his “conversion” than it is a brilliant portrayal of an archetype of a rite of passage or an initiation. As such, it has become, for me, a really meaningful meditation, both on the season of Lent and the resurrection promise of Easter. Paul’s story begins, as initiations do, with separation. A faithful and zealous Jew, Paul was absolutely certain that Jesus of Nazareth could not possibly have been God’s messiah to Israel. Paul’s persecutions of Jesus-followers bear witness to …

New books in the library—May 2022

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! May 2022 The unofficial start of summer graces this month.  Enjoy the outdoors!  But don’t forget the sunscreen.    The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Allen-McLaurin, Lisa.  A Womanist theology of worship.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books:, 2021. Casey, Michael.  The Promise of deliverance.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021 Coloe, Mary.  John 1-10.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021. Forest, Jim.  Eyes of compassion.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021. Haught, John.  The Cosmic vision of Teilhard de Chardin.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021. Wilkerson, Isabel.  Caste.  New York: Random House, …