A Lot of Firsts!

It’s been a long time since I last posted, but I ALWAYS run behind as I get ready for the 1st day of school. Thank goodness, today was the 1st day and I feel – as I do every new year – major joy and relief!!

Starting with new students and new ideas and new activities gives me energy and joy.

What fun it is to meet all the new little ones and listen to their stories! I’m excited to do … everything! Continue Reading

An Invitation to You

Recently we celebrated the Feast of St. Clare. She’s important to me … even though she is a Franciscan – not a Benedictine – saint. My love for her has something to do with my own journey and I will get back to that later.

St. Clare was born in Assisi, and when she was 18 years old she heard St. Francis preach. That night, she ran away to join St. Francis even though her father wanted her to marry. Continue Reading

Rooted Here, Rooted Now: What Our Benedictine Monastic Promises Mean

One of the differences between apostolic communities (like the Franciscans and Dominicans) and Benedictine monastic communities is our vows. In fact, we don’t actually make “vows.” We make promises. It’s more than a word difference!

Our promises underscore our commitment to each other, as Sisters of St. Benedict. They underscore our commitment to seeking God together. They underscore our commitment to be faithful for life. Read more!

Going for Lunch, Coming Home with a Carfull of Goodies

Here's the group from another time: Tamara, Me, Maggie, MacKenzie (my sis), Nancy and Jennifer

I recently made a trip to Cedar Rapids to visit some friends, most of whom were fellow teachers with me at St. Pius X. What fun! It is always great to reconnect with good friends. We try to get together 2 to 3 times a year.

I arrived at the school office, where we had planned to meet, a little early. I automatically took my favorite place – sitting on the counter in the office – as I did when I worked there. Brian came in and and glanced my way, then did a double take. It felt like old times! Continue Reading

Holy Enough?

Even today, a generation after the (Second Vatican) Council’s affirmation of the universal call to holiness, there is still evidence that some young people do not consider joining the priesthood or religious life because they do not feel that they are “holy enough.”Sr. Patricia Wittberg, S.C., Pathways to Re-creating Religious Communities

I can tell you that this was a fear of mine when I first started to look at religious life. How could I possibly be holy enough? Continue Reading