Are you listening?


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

A “Motley Crew” at Prayer? Jesus is There Too!


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

No more oatmeal bowls in the sink: Monastic life vs apartment life


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