Easter: Personal Emmaus/Resurrection Moments

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Springtime is the perfect season for renewal! Here’s the final reflection from Sister Mary’s 15-part mini-retreat to refresh your soul throughout Lent and Easter. Here’s a list of all of the weeks’ posts.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

“Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” (Lk. 24:32-33)

On Wednesday of Easter Week the Gospel is from Luke 24: 13-35, the story of the 2 disciples on the Road to Emmaus. It is one of my favorite stories in the Gospels. Continue Reading

Beyond the Empty Tomb

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By Sister Marianne Burkhard, OSB

The story of the disciples running to the empty tomb has often baffled me (John 20:1-9). This year it suddenly seemed clear:

Visiting the tomb of a loved one is  part of our grief process, as we still want to be close to the one who left.

Whether a loved one has died, an important relationship has ended,  or a job or ministry has come to an end, we face a tomb, a great emptiness in our lives, in our house, in our daily living. Continue Reading

Easter: Feast of the Resurrection!

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By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; I Cor 5:6b-8; Gospel John 20:1-9

Do you remember Easter Sunday as the day you wore a new hat and coat and shoes and purse? I do. I also remember finding my Easter basket after Mass.

As adults, we might consider the deeper meaning of all things new on Easter Sunday, the Feast of the Resurrection. Continue Reading

Let it Shine!

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The word “Lent” actually literally means Springtime, the perfect season for renewal! Here’s Sister Mary’s mid-week pick-me-up for the “mini-retreat” that will refresh your soul throughout Lent. Here’s a list of all of the weeks’s posts.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

Such confidence Jesus has in us, as he proclaims:  “You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5: 14-16)

I‘ve been repeating that phrase every day this Holy Week, and on Wednesday, as I was thinking of entering into the Triduum (the 3 days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday), I sensed God saying: Continue Reading

Holy Week: Be the Light

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The word “Lent” actually literally means Springtime, the perfect season for renewal! Here’s Sister Mary’s Week #6 of the mini-retreat that will refresh your soul throughout Lent. Here’s a list of all of the weeks’ posts.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

You are the light of the world … your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5: 14-16)

If you have ever been in total darkness, you know how scary it is. You can’t see!

Then someone lights a match and slowly your eyes adjust and you begin to see around you. Continue Reading

Holy Week in a Benedictine Monastery

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Sister Andrea Giltner, OSB braids palms.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

Holy Week is upon us, and, as many people do, we make plans to be with family. palm sunday chapel cropped

For us, that means our Benedictine Sisters.

We begin with Palm Sunday, with the blessing of the palms and a procession around the chapel.

The palms, waved at Jesus upon his arrival into Jerusalem, also signal victory … a hard-won victory. Continue Reading

Mid-Week #6: Persevere!

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The word “Lent” actually literally means Springtime, the perfect season for renewal! Here’s Sister Mary’s mid-week pick-me-up for the “mini-retreat” that will refresh your soul throughout Lent. Here’s a list of all of the weeks’s posts.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

We’ve all heard the old adage: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” It’s that perseverance and determination on the part of the blind Bartimaeus that so endears this man to me. Continue Reading