By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB
Yesterday at Mass, Father Duane Jack spoke about invitation in his homily. It’s worth thinking about!
Invitations come in many forms: formal and casual, professional and personal. On another level, invitations also come from Jesus. Continue Reading
By Sister Margaret Murphy, OSB
Could I be
Sycamore tree, Continue Reading
By Sister Marianne Burkhard, OSB
I live in Peoria, serving as a canon lawyer in the Marriage Tribunal of the Diocese. But I love spending time at the monastery, my home.
Every time I go home, I look forward to praying Liturgy of the Hours with my Sisters. Continue Reading
From left, Benedictine Sisters Sandra, Stefanie, Sheila, Susan and Jackie study a spiritual text together in the library.
By Susan Hutchens, OSB
“Obedience” is a word that sometimes gets a bum rap. We’ve come to see it as a negative thing, requiring a response because of a directive – Do this! or Don’t do it! Or else!
But it has a very positive side too. I choose to ‘obey,’ to do what needs to be done, out of love for another, or belief in a principle. Continue Reading
By Sister Mary Core, OSB
“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)
Jesus’ familiar words are a reminder that the power of our prayer is enhanced when we pray with others.
It happens when we share a blessing before a meal we are about to enjoy. Continue Reading
By Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB
One of my favorites quotes is by George Elliston, an accomplished poet born in 1883, but little known today. She wrote, How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it. Continue Reading
Sister Stefanie shares some thoughts about what Monastic Benedictine life has meant to her … and how it differs from life on her own.
What have you found to be most challenging about your new life?
Living with other people means I can’t let my oatmeal bowl sit in the sink till I get home from work in the afternoon! Continue Reading