Featured volunteer – Phyllis Lobdell

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When asked what first attracted her to Holy Wisdom, oblate and volunteer Phyllis Lobdell shares, “It’s the quiet and contemplative nature. What I was really attracted to when I read about it on the website was the Benedictine spirituality and having a certain rhythm to your life. And also kind of being accountable to a community.” Phyllis was living in Illinois at the time and became a regular retreatant at the monastery. Over time, she got to know the sisters and became an oblate candidate and started thinking to herself, “You know someday I’ll just move up there.” And so …

Give Back with a Backpack

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Give Back with a Backpack goal reached In joyful outpouring of financial and in-kind contributions, we are excited to share that the Give Back with a Backpack project campaign reached the goal of donating 40 backpacks to Midvale Elementary School students.  Donors A special thank you to the many donors who supported this social justice Hispanic/Latinx ministry.  Due to the financial generosity, we were also able to purchase 40 early-reader books in both English and Spanish. Sandy AdamsAnonymousAmy BonomieSue and Charles BradleyElise DuweJanine EdwardsKathy and Neil HeskinHoly Wisdom Oblates Candidates Class of 2021Joan SullivanJoyce and Gary WodkaSue KoleczekMarcia KraterAbbie LoomisCharles …

3 Ways to Slow the Speed of Time

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By Monica Jefcoat, Personal Retreat and Event Coordinator Holy Wisdom Monastery Have you ever noticed how time seems to go by more quickly as we grow older? I recently read an article that offered tips to combat this. First the author summarized this feeling is due to routine. When you’re younger, you experience more things that are new to you that make impressions on your memory and leave the perception of lengthened time. However, as we grow older we’re more likely to settle into familiar rhythms and patterns. These repeated actions are consolidated in the brain as one memory which in turn makes …

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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

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from August 1, 2021

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John 6: 24-35 Homily by Colleen D. Hartung Bread and its importance to the wellbeing of human communities is a dominant image in today’s readings.  In an iconic episode from Exodus, Yahweh “rains [lifesaving] bread from heaven for the [hungry] Israelites.”  In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells the crowd who pursued him after they had eaten “their fill of loaves” when he feed the 5000, “I am the bread of life.” The actions of the people in these stories underscore the significand of bread to human life.  In fact, there is no food more universal or more essential than …

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 …

New books in the library—August 2021

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! August 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 …

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 …