New books in the library—July 2021

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

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from June 20, 2021

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Whirlwinds and Liminal crossings Mark 4: 35-41 Colleen D. Hartung Our readings today start with God speaking from the heart of a mighty whirlwind and end with Jesus calming a storm that threatens to swamp the disciple’s boat and end their lives before their ministry even begins.  In both cases, for Job and the disciples, the storm is disorienting and meant to signal the possibility of some transformation or reordering that might allow the protagonists in these stories to see their lives, their relationships, their faith and their ways of being in new ways.  As a way of considering the …

Woodchuck family makes Holy Wisdom home

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By Howard Fenton, Friends of Wisdom Prairie Council At this time of the year a lot of different kinds of families are calling Holy Wisdom home. And there’s one in particular I’d like to tell you about; the woodchuck, or the groundhog to some, or the whistle pig to others. The woodchuck, which doesn’t actually chuck wood, or eat it, is in the Order of Rodents, a member (the largest in fact) of the squirrel family. It’s scientific name is Marmota monax. The genus name gives you a clue that the woodchuck is related to marmots, while the species name …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from June 13, 2021

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With apologies to anyone listening who knows anything about civil engineering, I  begin today reflecting on bridge-building. A bridge can take us from the known to the unknown, across ravines of misunderstanding to the firm ground of mutual appreciation for another’s perspective and vision. The Greek speaking world of St. Paul in his missionary travels put a lot of stock in persuasion. In the culture of Western Europe and North America we are accustomed to persuading others to our point of view. You can see how well that is working on our political landscape. In the culture of the Jews …

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Living at a Monastery, ft. former Sojourner Sarah Wilkin Gibart

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Want to be the first to hear every new episode? Click here to sign up for email notifications! In this episode, we sit down with Sarah Wilkin Gibart, a member of Sunday Assembly, to explore her experience as a Benedictine Sojourner – living among the sisters and working with them for half a year! Journey with us as Sarah shares how she learned of the Benedictine Sojourner experience, what she gained, and how it helped her grow as she stepped into the next phase of her life. If you’re interested in learning more about the sisters’ community and upcoming experiences, …

Roberta Felker’s Homily from the Feast of the Holy Trinity, May 30, 2021

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Feast of the Holy Trinity Holy Wisdom Monastery May 30, 2021 Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 Roberta M. Felker “What do we pray for but the equation that helps us make sense of what happens in our daily lives? What do we believe in if not that which tells us we’re alive? “ ~ A. Van Jordan These two lines from the American poet, A. Van Jordan’s splendid collection bookend today’s reflection. What do we pray for but the equation that helps us make sense of what happens in our daily lives?  What do we believe in if not that …

New books in the library—June 2021

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

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from Pentecost, May 23, 2021

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Pentecost • Acts 2:1-21 • Rom 8:22-27 • Jn 15:26-27,16:4b-15 • May 23, 2021 Alison Long’s homily right after Easter made an impression on me. Why, indeed, were most of the disciples still locked in fear in the upper room even after the news of the resurrection? Why, for that matter, am I holed up at home, now that local pandemic conditions have eased and I’m vaccinated? I think it’s because recovering from trauma takes time, and faith needs the soil of healing to take root. So here we are, weeks after the Resurrection, celebrating Pentecost. Pentecost was the Greek …

In May, queen bumble bees are buzzing

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By Julie Melton, Friends of Wisdom Prairie Council That large, flying insect you that just buzzed by you was likely a queen bumble bee on a survival mission. She might be the endangered rusty-patched bumble bee looking for a suitable nest site, finding flowers to feed herself, and constructing a nest. She is the original single parent. Last fall she mated with a male bumble bee. Then she fortified herself with nectar and pollen so that she could survive the winter. Everyone else in her colony and all the males died. She and other potential queens were left to form …

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How Did You Become a Sister?, Ft. Sister Denise West

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Want to be the first to hear every new episode? Click here to sign up for email notifications! How do you imagine one becomes a monk? Is it something you plan or something you discover? Do you have to be religious your whole life before joining a monastery? Truth be told, there is no one answer. Our own sister’s community at Holy Wisdom Monastery have an array of unique stories that led them to their lives here in Middleton. In this episode, we sit with Sister Denise West and listen to her journey from a non-secular home in Tennessee to …