Celebrating the Feast of the Passing of St. Benedict

By Prioress Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB

“Let the whole multitude of the faithful exult in the glory of our beloved Father Benedict; but most of all let each gathering of monks be glad who on earth are celebrating the feast of him with whom the Saints in heaven are rejoicing.” (antiphon from the Vigil Service)

As we gather to celebrate, we join the multitude of men and women who throughout time have followed the path of Benedict … and experienced the joy of hearts that seek the Lord. Continue Reading

This is My Beloved Child: 2nd Sunday of Lent

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

Having been to the desert with Jesus last Sunday, this Sunday, we are taken to Mount Tabor for the Transfiguration of the Lord.

This appearance provides us with not just external features of Jesus – “his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light” – but Peter, James and John hear God say, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.” (Mt 17:1-19) Continue Reading

Answering Your Call to Explore Religious Life … Face to Face!

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Each Lent we are each asked to pick a book to read. I have chosen the book Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship by Mary Deturris Poust. I did not get far along when this passage made me stop and think:

“The very technology that is supposed to make our lives so mush easier and so much more integrated is, in actuality, cutting us off from face to face contact, leaving us with mostly virtual relationships that may supply superficial satisfaction but never feed our deeper need for something that touches the heart and soul.” Continue Reading

The Beauty of the Desert

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

Every year during Lent we hear the story of Jesus being lead into the desert where he is tempted by the devil. But this year, as I reflected on the story I discovered something new (at least to me).

That is, I had always thought of the temptations as occurring while Jesus was praying and fasting in the desert. But this year, I noticed the Gospel doesn’t say that. Both Matthew and Luke say that “After the 40 days and nights of fasting, Jesus was hungry.”

Jesus is tempted after his desert experience, not during it! Continue Reading