Part 6: Finding Grace

margaret listening

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

All Benedictine values are deeply intertwined with one another, and obedience is no different. It comes from the Latin, obedire, which means to listen. It’s the first word of St. Benedict’s Rule.

We might think it’s okay to listen, but obey??? Continue Reading

Part 5: Lectio (Listening to God)

bench and water

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

When St. Benedict wrote his Rule 1500 years ago, he prescribed daily contemplative Scripture reading for his community. Lectio Divina. We still do it today. (Directions are below.) Continue Reading

Part 4: Putting Down Deep Roots

mary and black eyed susans

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. Continue Reading

Part 3: Balance – What We Need to Grow, to Risk, to Enter the Holy

butterfly on thistle

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

Balance is a popular discussion topic. We crave work-life balance. Emotional balance. We balance plates in the air.

It’s tough to achieve balance, though, partly because – as living beings – we’re always growing and changing, knocking ourselves a little off balance every day. Continue Reading

Part 2: Hospitality (Making Space for Another)

purple iris

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 Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Many people recognize at least some of The Excellence of Love, 1 Corinthians 13. It’s a popular wedding reading.

It’s also a great passage to use as we consider a key Benedictine value. Try replacing the word love with the word hospitality, and you’ll see where I’m going with this: Continue Reading

Part 1: Finding Truth (in an Interruption)

dames rocket

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 Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

We opened on Saturday with the gospel story of the woman at the well.

This, Fr. Brendan notes, is a story of encounter. It’s a story that teaches us how to find Truth. Continue Reading