Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from September 19, 2021

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Homily for Sep 19, 2021 Today’s gospel is strikingly similar to last Sunday’s.  The setting is the time after a series of stunning events-feedings of impossible numbers, healings, walking on water and for Peter, James and John, witnessing the brilliance of the transfiguration. The disciples are, to say the least, VERY impressed. They begin to understand that this Jesus is not just some rustic preacher proclaiming a message of repentance. They are beginning to suspect…even believe that they have fallen in with the long-awaited messiah, the savior of the Jewish nation prophesied by Scriptures. And they begin to “discuss” among …

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2021 Bird Migration

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September is the peak month for bird migration in our area. Some species including early migrators like Baltimore Orioles and Yellow Warblers are already mostly departed. Many species who spent the summer in our area now gather in mixed flocks in large numbers to feast on berries, insects and seeds as they store energy for their journey. They are joined by other species who pass through WI on their migration down from their northern breeding grounds. Soaring birds like hawks, eagles, pelicans and swallows usually migrate during the day. Songbirds often migrate at night when the wind subsides, and spend …

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“Raj’s Journey with the Sisters & the Holy Spirit at the Monastery,” 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! Through understanding others, we can better understand ourselves. Glean insight from Rajai Atalla’s story and his spiritual journey with the sisters of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Learn what he understands about the holy spirit and the direction he believes the Christian church will move toward in the future. 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

Roberta Felker’s Homily from September 5, 2021

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Holy Wisdom Monastery 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time September 5, 2021 Wisdom 10: 15-18, 20-21; 11: 1-5; James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mark 7: 24-37 “Listen … and attend with the ear of your heart.” ~ Benedict of Nursia, Prologue to the Rule of Benedict The wisdom literature that is the sixth century Rule of Benedict deals with “answers to the great questions of the human condition,” as our favorite modern-day Benedictine, Joan Chittister tell us.  Listening with the ear of our heart is about listening even when we would rather not hear; it challenges us to “hear in the tongue of …

Luke House Community Meal Program – feeding people in Dane County

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For more than 30 years, the Luke House Community Meal Program has brought Dane County church groups and other faith-based communities together to help feed local people who are in need.  Faith is what motivates the volunteers who prepare and serve food, and then eat with guests. The Community Meal Program is an important and practical way of being united together as one with other faith organizations. On the second Tuesday of each month, members of Holy Wisdom Monastery participate in preparing, serving and sharing a meal at Luke House. For more information on volunteering sign-up and COVID safety precautions, …

Endangered Butterfly, Regal Fritillary Spotted on Wisdom Prairie

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We were thrilled to learn that a sharp-eyed visitor to Wisdom Prairie spotted a Regal Fritillary last month. Regal Fritillaries are a state-endangered species. There have only been a handful of confirmed sightings in Dane County in the past 20 years. Regal Fritillaries are famous for being fussy about their habitat; the fact that one came to visit Holy Wisdom is a wonderful endorsement of the quality of our prairie. This sighting, which we learned about after it was reported to Wisconsin Butterflies, also serves as a strong endorsement for the importance and role of citizen science programs. It is a …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from August 29, 2021

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Hearing and Doing (Deut. 4: 1-2,6-9; James 1: 17-27; Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23) 29 Aug 2021 As I intimated in my introductory comments, the readings today can be a homilist’s worst nightmare. Not only are they really different, they  also seem to contradict each other.   Did you notice? The author of Deuteronomy tells us: You’ve got to follow tradition! “give heed to these statutes and ordinances…neither add to or subtract from them…observe them diligently…don’t let them slip from your mind…make them known to your children and your children’s children.” But Jesus in Mark’s Gospel makes clear that Tradition is …

New books in the library—September 2021

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

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 …