An owl family gets some help

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By Julie Melton, Friends of Wisdom Prairie Council On March 13, 2021, during one of our monthly bird surveys, Friends of Wisdom Prairie volunteers spotted a Great Horned Owl (GHO). A few minutes after the initial sighting, we spotted a nest close by with another GHO sitting on it. We knew we had seen a mated pair. We weren’t surprised because we had seen owls on the grounds before. Since December, they could be heard calling.  A few days later, one of the birders in our group, Triet Tran, sent out a picture of two nestlings in the nest. Triet …

Being

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O drops of dew, where moisture seeks a home and succulence wanders carefully. Are you but my own being? O shade of leaves on branches of a powerful tree caught in dawn’s light. Can it be that your contrast contains me as I create you? O moving, sounding stream. Are your goings my arrivals? When did we, in folly, separate and pretend to be so alien? You are my all, my hope and dream! In me, you find your being, and I in you. Be not cool to me, for I pledge to reunite! And we shall tumble through infinity …

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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 …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from Easter Vigil, April 3, 2021

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Spoiler alert, for Risen Christ appearance stories stay tuned to the first three Sundays of the Easter season where John and Luke will fill us in on breaking news. If the end of Mark’s account of the Gospel leaves you wondering why he did not provide detailed descriptions of the various sightings of the Risen Christ Jesus, imagine what the first readers thought of this a mere 30 or 40 years after the events of Jesus’ earthly life. Those first readers and hearers would know some of the stories through oral tradition.  Mark avoids re-telling them for a reason. Mark, …

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:  …

We Glory in the Cross

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Submitted by Sister Joanne Kollasch 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 wisdom to the wise; …

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 …

April 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 month ends or begins overnight. Events can be a few weeks early or late. “For …

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 …