Each month my Benedictine Sisters devote a day to silent prayer. They observe silence, spend time in reflection and engage in private prayer on the first Wednesday of every month. It’s heaven! Continue Reading
Benedictine Values: Community
Think it sounds romantic to gather in the chapel at 6:30 every morning to pray? Let me tell you, some days 6:30 comes way too early. But this, my friends, is one of the realities of life in community: you will be at prayers every morning, or you will be missed.
I wouldn’t have it any other way. Continue Reading
Benedictine Values: Hospitality
“I discovered, you see, that real Benedictinism requires us to pour ourselves out for the other, to give ourselves away, to provide the staples of life, both material and spiritual, for another. The question is not whether what we have is sufficient for the situation or not. The question is simply whether or not we have anything to give. That’s what hospitality is all about. Not abundance and not totality. Just sharing. Real sharing.” – Joan Chittister, Wisdom Distilled From the Daily Continue Reading
Talking, Sharing, Walking with a Peer
It is Spring Break. Wow! It’s hard to believe that we are at this point in the school year. It seems to go faster and faster every year!!
This year I am taking a little time to connect with a Benedictine friend from Chicago. We are staying at a lake house that belongs to her community. Belinda is a wonderful women who is about my age and stage in community life (we both recently made first monastic profession). Continue Reading