Seeing Peter’s Foibles as Our Own


By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Peter is my favorite apostle. Talk about someone who could put his foot in his mouth! He makes me feel like my own mistakes are not such a big deal.

Peter made many of his own. Jesus even had to talk to him about them at times. Very human. But what I love even more than Peter’s mistakes is his willingness to ask for forgiveness and to try to do his best.

As Holy Week unfolds, I’ve been thinking about Peter’s foibles. Continue Reading

Living Our Dreams Boldly


Diana Nyad challenges us to act on our dreams in another of our Lenten TED Talk series.

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

“You go ahead and sit back in your comfortable chair and you be the critic, you be the observer, while the brave one gets in the ring and engages and gets bloody and gets dirty and fails over and over and over again, but yet isn’t afraid and isn’t timid and lives life in a bold way.” Diana Nyad paraphrasing Theodore Roosevelt during her TED Talk Continue Reading

Using Negativity to Light Your Fire


Lizzie Velasquez talks about her struggle with bullying – and how she has overcome it – in this powerful TED Talk!

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Lizzie Velasquez was born with an extremely rare syndrome that left her unable to gain weigh and blind in one eye.

When she went to kindergarten, she was shunned by the other kids for looking like a “monster.”

She was crushed. Continue Reading

Thanking Sister Audrey, Rose Joseph and “all of you at St. Mary Monastery”!

katie-and-audrey-for-websiteIn gratitude to Sr. Audrey who went beyond understanding to prayerfully and patiently put the broken parts together, holding each piece gently in God’s love until the Spark ignited and became able to drink in the warmth and the nourishment of Benedictine way of healing, living and loving. You will always have a special place in my heart of hearts! I owe you my new life! As a spiritual director, I teach what you taught me, guide as you led me, and above all listen as you showed me. May God bless my small ministry and may God bless and keep you, dear one. – Sharon Flanagan Mungo Continue Reading