Part 4: Putting Down Deep Roots

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Welcome to our Annual Summer Retreat, posted here as a mini-online retreat for you. As the woman at the well went at noon to be refreshed and gather water for the day, so we must return readily to our own Divine wellspring.  Our time together will provide an opportunity to drink fully from the well that is Benedictine Spirituality.

By Benedictine Sisters Mary Core and Stefanie MacDonald

Benedictines make a promise of stability when they enter religious life. It’s really a vow of rootedness: we commit to these people, now and forever.

We put down roots.

It means we’re here, and we’re going to stay here. We’re not going to run away when things get tough.

As in marriage and other deep commitments, a promise of stability challenges us. It requires intention and attention. Sometimes it requires all the strength we have.

It gives us the space to deepen relationships in which we know and let ourselves be known.

It gives us the space to stop hiding from ourselves, and others, and God.

However challenging, this rootedness yields great grace. It gives us the strength to become what we’re called to become: strong, grounded women who say Yes:

        Yes to deep relationship;

        Yes to God’s creation;

        Yes to God.

Stability is a process. It’s a daily commitment to people, yes, but also to way of life. To self and God.

It’s a process of growing the deep root system that feeds us, mind, body and spirit.

How does stability feed you and your life? To what or whom would you make a vow of stability today?

Part 5: Lectio (Listening to God)

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