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 Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from October 16, 2022

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Our Gospel writer, Luke, has Jesus continuing his journey to Jerusalem. Last week healing; this week and next week teaching through parable. Luke uses this journey to proclaim Good News to followers forty years removed from Christ Jesus’ redemptive acts. Luke’s faith communities were understandably confused by the destruction of Jerusalem in their own day and by what had become obvious: Jesus’ return in victorious glory may take a while longer than first thought. The parable today on the efficacy of prayer (found in no other Gospel account) tries to encourage believers whose confusion tempts them to doubt God’s care …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from October 9, 2022

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Homily for Solidarity Sunday, Holy Wisdom Monastery Sunday Assembly, October 9, 2022 Sometimes I think the editors/compilers of the lectionary have it in for us preachers…and all those who plan weekly worship as well. The lectionary is built, of course, for the so-called liturgical churches who feel it is compulsory to have three scripture readings and a psalm each and every week. I agree that the use of the lectionary has brought churches together ecumenically and has been a boondoggle for bulletin companies and those who produce worship materials and music.  But when one plunges into those “lections” on a …

David McKee’s Homily from October 2, 2022

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time October 2, 2022 Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10 As I have pondered this morning’s gospel passage–in fact, as I’ve looked back over this year of Luke–a disturbing question about Luke’s Jesus has come to mind:  Why would anybody follow this guy?  If we look just at what he says outloud, we hear a teacher and leader who rarely tells us anything that we want to hear.  He doesn’t sooth us with praise or encouragement, making us feel all warm and fuzzy.  He also doesn’t appeal to our anger, envy, or resentment.  He …

5 Tips & Tricks for Year-End Planning

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By Amy Ryan, director of mission advancement As the end of 2022 approaches, we hope this note finds you well and preparing for a fulfilling finish to another challenging year. While this is often a time of great activity, it can also be a time of important reflection.  Here are some tips to help you make the most of your year-end giving:  Determine your tax liability for the year.  Before the hustle and bustle of the holidays takes over, consider pausing to calculate your income and determine your tax liability for the year. Did your income increase? Did you sell …

Seeking Balance

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By Pam Shellberg and Sister Denise West, OSB Sister Denise West and Pam Shellberg, director of spiritual nourishment at Holy Wisdom Monastery, enjoy regular conversations together about all things spiritual and Benedictine. In this blog post, they share a recent conversation and invite you to join them by leaving comments below. Sister Denise began the conversation: “If God does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor.” (Psalm 127) These lines grabbed my attention during midday prayer not long ago. It struck me that it had something to do not only with work but also with balance. Our …

Winton Boyd’s Homily from September 25, 2022

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Three texts, three versions of the tension between faithfulness and wealth.  While the message is clear, it can be uncomfortable if we REALLY take them in.   We remember that the authors and the people at the heart of these texts were- by and large – people and communities on the outs of social and imperial power; unable to access the wealth of their day.   As they question how one can be both faithful and wealthy, they reveal a deep conviction that God always preferences the poor over the wealthy.  These truths are never easy to absorb, nor should they …

New books in the library—October 2022

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! October 2022 The trees are as colorful as a box of crayons.  Jackets are a necessity.  Football, Halloween costumes and church festivals are the main topics of conversation.  It’s October.  Enjoy the season and the month. The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Benders, Alison.  Recollecting America’s original sin.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2022 Bracken, Joseph.  Reciprocal causality in an event-filled world.  Lanham, MD; Fortress Academic, 2022 De Waal, Esther.  The White stone.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021 Kohlhaas, Jacob.  Human families.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021 Lohfink, Gerhard.  …

October phenology

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Heron on Lost LakePhenology 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. October Phenology The following favorite observations are from notes I have kept for many years. October …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily for September 11, 2022

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Homily for Sunday, September 11, 2022 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time When I  looked at the readings for this Sunday a couple of weeks ago my first thought was about how different the images of God are as presented in our first reading from Exodus and the gospel reading from Luke. In Exodus we hear Moses pleading with an angry God to let go of wrath and destruction and spare the people of Israel who have sinned by raising up and worshiping an idol in place of the One who has brought them out of slavery.  Moses goes so far …

Patti LaCross’s Homily for September 4, 2022

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It is my fond hope that we might take from these scriptures some clarity on the ever-pressing question of how we should live in this time. But in case your brain froze at the shocking command to ‘Hate your family’, a pause for a word from some experts:Of this passage in Luke, Biblical scholar Luke Johson wrote that the Greek miseō does correctly translate to hate; It is the Greek opposite of agape, or love. Importantly, he also notes that those terms are “not expressions of emotions, but of attitudes and ways of acting; one’s effective attitude toward the Reign …