Obedience: Deep Listening

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By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

“This message of mine is for you, then, if you are ready to give up your own will, once and for all and armed with the strong and noble weapons of obedience to do battle for the true King, Christ the Lord.” The Rule of St. Benedict: Prologue

The word “obedience” is fraught for many people. But it’s not blind obedience that Benedict calls for. Continue Reading

Stepping into the Unknown, Together

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

Last Sunday before Mass I read a blog written by Sr. Susan Rose Francois, CSJP, called Mingling.

The last paragraph has stuck with me: “The future will be what God knows it can be, but also because of who we are and where we have been and how we are able to mix and mingle and navigate the twists and turns together… Our stories are mingling as we write the next chapter in this intergenerational tale of love, service, and faith. And that my friends is cause for celebration and praise to the God who calls us together.” Continue Reading

How our Benedictine community works … financially and spiritually

Benedictine-Sisters-Jackie-Walsh-Claudia-Scharf-Catherine-Cleary-Susan-Hutchens-(piano)-Stefanie-MacDonald-at-Lauds-for-webIn Christianity’s earliest community, if someone received money from their work or selling something they owned, the money went into the community collection to be used for the needs of the whole.

Everyone received the food, medicine and shelter they needed.

St. Benedict created his communities of monks on the same principle … and we continue to live that way today.  Continue Reading

Why I Became – and Remain – a Benedictine Sister

stef-and-kids-in-reading-cornerBy Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

After taking a few years to work and live my Catholic parish life, God sent me another message.

I was at church with my father and youngest sisters, when Sisters from a habited community filed in. The pastor introduced them, and they seemed very nice.

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Rooted Here, Rooted Now: What Our Benedictine Monastic Promises Mean

Sister Stefanie MacDonald signs her monastic promises during a simple but beautiful ceremony in our chapel during her first monastic profession.

One of the differences between apostolic communities (like the Franciscans and Dominicans) and Benedictine monastic communities is our vows. In fact, we don’t actually make “vows.” We make promises. It’s more than a word difference!

Our promises underscore our commitment to each other, as Sisters of St. Benedict. They underscore our commitment to seeking God together. They underscore our commitment to be faithful for life. Continue Reading