New books in the library—April 2021

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! April 2021 We celebrate the Resurrection and the start of the Easter season this month.  Stay safe. The monastery library added the following books to its collection: 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. DeClaisse-Walford, Nancy.  Psalms.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2020. Delio, Ilia.  Birth of a Dancing Star.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis …

We Glory in the Cross

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Submitted by Sister Joanne Kollasch, Benedictine Women of Madison 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 …

Breaking impulsive action

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For several years I have taken up a practice during Lent that has jolted me out of habitual action and set a more intentional behavior in its place: I stop eating while standing.  Honestly, I’m not even certain from where the idea came or whether this would be sanctioned a legitimate Lenten discipline in the eyes of anyone who might grant such an attestation. I just knew that it targeted a behavior that represented a lack of discipline and mindfulness in my life. And my vague childhood memory as a Protestant among a majority of Roman Catholics was that Lenten …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from March 14, 2021

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Sermon for March 14, 2021 John 3:16 is perhaps the New Testament’s most fondly remembered verse. Still, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with this verse. I do love it, of course, because on the one hand, John 3:16 is as William Barclay describes it, “Everybody’s text.” On the other hand, whenever someone mentions it, the image that pops up in my mind is not the verse itself, but some guy holding a sign with that text reference emblazoned on it as he sits in the end zone at a televised NFL football game, or at least that was how …

Be still

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By Steve Zwettler, Sunday Assembly member For some people, stillness is frightening. For other people, stillness is peaceful. For spiritual seekers, stillness is a garden of the Holy One. As the years creep up on me, the season of Lent seems to be more and more an opportunity for grace-filled stillness rather than ascetical discipline. Psalm 46 has such wise and rich spiritual advice for this Lenten Season: “Be still and know that I am God.” There is something counter cultural and deeply enriching about stilling our hearts, stilling our minds, stilling our bodies and breathing in the One who is our All. …

Lenten reflection

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By Steven Powell, Oblate class of 2002 I think the phrase, “the Beginning of the End,” has an ominous flavor.  But not this time. For many of us, this Lenten season may have been the longest ever – over a year. Palm Sunday marks the Beginning of Holy Week, which Ends in the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Of course, Jesus had a lot to go through. It occurred to me that we can be thankful, not only for the traditional coming of Spring and Easter, but the vaccine. This really is, with God’s grace, the Hope that we are at the beginning …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from March 7, 2021

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As we pray, so we believe. This statement (or rather its Latin counterpart) is attributed to a Christian in the 5th century. It describes well how our worship, when practiced regularly, informs how we see God’s hand working in us and around us. The triduum of Holy Week, (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday) are at the very core of this statement and our worship during Lent flows from it rather than to it. Our worship in Holy Week confirms for us that Christ Jesus broke the bonds of sin and death, rising victorious once and for all, establishing …

Healthy Hospitality goal met!

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The pandemic has highlighted genuine concern about safety, cleanliness and social distancing in all our daily lives. With swift action and in less than 90 days, we are excited to announce that we met our $25,000 fundraising goal for the Holy Wisdom Monastery Healthy Hospitality Initiative. Generous donors provided the resources needed to invest in essential equipment and advanced technology. The enhancements will help create a safe space for you and your family for years to come, including plumbing upgrades and efficiencies, which will reduce water and energy consumption. Equipment and technology enhancements include: 3 electrostatic sprayers for 360-degree disinfection of …

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‘Holy Week: Origins and Traditions,’ 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! This month, Sister Lynne Smith and Lynn Lemberger return to talk all about Holy Week. Lynn gives us an overview of the history, including a first-hand account from a woman’s travel journal of Roman celebrations. Learn why Palm Sunday is named after palms, and the significance of this week leading up to Easter. Meanwhile, Sister Lynne shares the traditions we normally hold throughout this week. Maybe you can bring some of these celebrations to life in your own home! Where to Listen? …

March phenology (the awakening season)

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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. …