No more oatmeal bowls in the sink: Monastic life vs apartment life

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Sister Stefanie shares some thoughts about what Monastic Benedictine life has meant to her … and how it differs from life on her own.

What have you found to be most challenging about your new life?

Living with other people means I can’t let my oatmeal bowl sit in the sink till I get home from work in the afternoon! Continue Reading

What Will Upset Your Whole Life … and Lead Somewhere Wonderful?

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… something completely new and unexpected happens, something that upsets their hearts and their plans, something that will upset their whole life. They see the stone removed from before the tomb; they draw near, and they do not find the Lord’s body. It is an event that leaves them perplexed and hesitant, full of questions … (Pope Francis)

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Newness – change – challenges us. When out of our control, it often makes us fearful. As Pope Francis says, it can leave us perplexed and hesitant … full of questions.

This quote has stayed with me since I read it a couple of weeks ago. Continue Reading

Give 1 Single Day to God

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By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Here’s your chance to say Yes to that nagging feeling that you should learn about life as a Catholic Sister.

Join other single Catholic women 18-50 years old who are coming to find out more.

You will enjoy prayer, meals and conversation with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery.

You will learn about the process of discernment and the traditions of Benedictine life.

(Did you know, for example, that we live together under one roof, and pray together as a community 3 times a day?)

Join us May 21-22 and take the step you need to learn whether God really is calling you to religious life.

Who: You!

What: Catholic Sister for a Day

When: Sat. May 21, 9 am – Sun. May 22, 1 pm

Where: St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, IL

Fee: There is no cost; you are our guest!

Why: To be called to a lifestyle where we immerse ourselves in Jesus, as a community, is great joy for us. Learn whether it is right for you, too!

Don’t wait another day to learn more about who we are and how we live. Contact Sister Stefanie at (309) 283-2300 or smacdonald@smmsisters.org.

Don’t let fear of change stop you from listening!

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By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Ugh! I hate change … and I bet you do, too (at least sometimes).

Every time our curriculum or policies or procedures change at school (unless I’m the one suggesting the changes :)), I think, Do I have to?

And every time I am hit with an idea that means I have to change ME, well, I try to get the idea right out of my head. Continue Reading

Staying Faithful to Our Promises

By Sister Marianne Burkhard, OSB

marianne-portraitRecently I celebrated the Silver Jubilee of my monastic profession – an occasion to reflect about time.

25 years – where have they gone? How did I get through them – the good, the bad and the indifferent?

How do we get through the rough places in our lives?  Continue Reading