Acts of the Apostles: Week #7

paul-at-ephesusChapters 21-23 By Sister Mary Core, OSB

After an emotional farewell at Ephesus, Paul and companions continue their journey to Jerusalem.

Again, Luke uses the word “we,” suggesting his presence on the journey. The fact that there are Christian communities at Tyre and Ptolemais indicates that Christian evangelization was widespread across Asia Minor.

What happens next causes us to ask how the Spirit works in our own lives … and whether we recognize it for what it is. Continue Reading

Benedictine Unity for the Good of All

stef-and-marilyn-ring-in-chapelBy Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Saint Paul writes, “I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit.”(Ephesians 4:1-3)

Unity in community, boy that is important. We are all one body. When one part hurts, we all are affected! Continue Reading

Acts of the Apostles: Week #6

3rd-missionary-journeyChapters 19-20 by Sister Mary Core, OSB

Chapter 19 is dedicated to Paul’s time in Ephesus and recounts his success in proclaiming the Good News, working miracles and even converting many of the Jewish exorcists. He makes plans to leave Ephesus revisit Macedonia, Achaia and return to Jerusalem, before carrying the faith to the heart of the Roman Empire at Rome. Continue Reading

Acts of the Apostles: Week #5

priscilla-for-acts-of-apostlesChapters 16-18 by Sister Mary Core, OSB

Due to the death of our beloved Sister Peggy last week, I canceled our book club meeting. But with this installment, we are now caught up!

In chapter 16 Paul and Silas are joined by Timothy at Lystra and they move quickly through the region to the coastal city of Troas. The indication is that they were prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching in other provinces of Asia Minor. Why? Continue Reading

Sister Margaret Suerth, OSB: 1932-2014

Sr.-Margaret-Suerth,-OSB2Sister Margaret (John Marie) Suerth, O.S.B., 82, of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at the Monastery.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel at St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island.  Burial is at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.  Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan is in charge of arrangements.  Continue Reading