Leora Weitzman’s Homily from November 21, 2021

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Sunday of the Fulfillment • Dan 7:9–10,13–14 • Rev 1:4b–8 • John 18:33–37 • Nov 21, 2021 “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” This is where Pilate famously asks, “What is truth?” Jesus, for his part, has essentially been asking, “What is authority? What is a king?” The two represent contrasting views of authority, as integrity or domination. Pilate’s questions about kingship, or authority, focus on Jesus’ power relationships to other people: Are there people under your command? What are you accused of? Will your people defend you? To secure his own position, Pilate needs to …

David McKee’s Homily from November 7, 2021

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ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS November 7, 2021 Isaiah 25:6-9 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44 Unbind him, and let him go. As I pondered today’s readings over the last several weeks, this imperative from the lips of Jesus that closes today’s gospel text has kept coming back to me.  It has stuck in my mind.  You might say that I feel bound by it.  Or you might say that I feel bound to reflect on it.  Let’s just say it’s been a sticky business.  To make it even stickier, my friend, Bill Beers, reminded me this last week that the word …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from October 31, 2021

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October 31, 2021 Deut. 6:1-9; Heb. 9:11-14; Mark 12: 28-34 “You Can Love Because You Are Loved” This morning I’m going to do something that I resolved never to do.  I’m going to deliver a canned sermon – or at least a partially canned sermon. The reason for doing so has to do with this morning’s second reading.  As I wrestled with the complex, problematic content of the Letter to the Hebrews, I had a sense of déjà vu:  I felt that I had wrestled with this text before, in a previous sermon. Sure enough, when I searched the can …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from October 24, 2021

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Homily October 24, 2021, Ordinary 30B (Mark 10:46-52) Preached at the Sunday Assembly of Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI on Stewardship Sunday Thomas Merton once wrote: “It has never been either practical or useful to leave all things and follow Christ. And yet it is spiritually prudent.” This week I have been wondering if this wasn’t precisely the situation the blind beggar Bartimaeus found himself in that day in Jericho when Jesus called him out on the road. But more on that a bit later. The Bartimaeus story is the last example of Jesus’ healing ministry recorded in Mark, so …

Holy Wisdom Monastery Creating Interactive Meditation Trail

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Holy Wisdom Monastery is known by mindfulness and meditation practitioners for its quiet, contemplative retreat center. It is also known by outdoors enthusiasts for its walking trails through 130 acres of restored prairie, wetland and oak savanna. Soon Holy Wisdom might be known for its one of a kind meditation trail which brings meditation and land restoration together. Holy Wisdom Monastery is installing small decks for meditation in different restored plant communities around their property, all connected with a walking trail. Toby Grabs, director of operations, elaborated, “There will be six platforms total, one in a pine woods, another in …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from October 10, 2021

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Homily preached at Holy Wisdom Monastery’s Sunday Assembly – October 10, 2021 Back in the dark ages when I went to seminary, I was taught that the Psalms were not for preaching, but rather that they were to be understood as liturgical responses to the weekly lection from the Hebrew Bible. Yet I can’t help but feel that a key verse from Psalm 90 pretty much sums up the whole range of matters that we explore in all of today’s readings: “Let us count our days,” the psalmist wrote, “that we may gain a wise heart.” To quote the shepherd …

Evolution of Holy Wisdom’s Relationship with SARTHI

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By Raj Atalla, Sunday Assembly Member The relationship began during a time when our son Ian was travelling in India for language and cultural studies; it was the 2005 to 2006 academic year. Soon after he arrived there, he was walking the streets of Delhi and saw a young boy with a cleft palate who seemed to be quite timid in comparison to the other kids his age on the streets. Ian took the boy, whose name was Akshay, to a hospital nearby and asked what it would cost to have the cleft repaired. He was told it would be …

Fr. Dan Ward’s Homily from September 26, 2021

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HOLY WISDOM MONASTERY 26 SEPTEMBER 2021 Hills and mountains have a special place in Scripture.  Moses received the law on Mt Sinai.  Jesus taught on a hill in the gospel. The transfiguration occurred on a mountain. Mountains and hills, luminal spaces, are crossroads of creation and creator.  Sacred places, tangible meeting places of humanity and divinity.  Each time I have come to Holy Wisdom Monastery and turn onto Highway M, I first see flat lands.  Eventually I see trees rising on hills and then on a hill a bold building towers to the sky.  I have my first glimpses of …

New books in the library—October 2021

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! October 2021 The leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisper and there is still plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors.  Just remember to bring a jacket. 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. Chittister, Joan.  Dear Joan Chittister.  New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2019. Chittister, Joan.  The Time is Now.  New York: Convergent, 2019. …

A Celebration of Community Living

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Benedictine Sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery Celebrate Community and Breaking Barriers Middleton, WI September 21, 2021 — A small community of Benedictine Sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery celebrates a combined 151 years of religious life this weekend, Sept. 24-26, 2021, at their Celebration of Community. In addition, they welcome a new Sister into their community on Sunday, as Novice Everline Jeruto makes her first monastic profession. The Sisters at Holy Wisdom live together in community and follow the Gospel and the Rule of Benedict. For 68 years they have lived out their mission of weaving prayer, hospitality, justice and care …