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.

Look inside … and see for yourself

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By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

I am re-reading Seeking God: The Rule of St. Benedict, by Esther de Waal, a book I read when I was a novice.

So far, this line has spoken to me: “…life in Christ means life through a succession of opening doors, not a life that is always static or safe.”

I sure appreciate that.

Like anyone else, my gut instinct is to seek safety, even when I SAY I want to say Yes to Christ.

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“Yes … Tell me more.”

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By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Sometimes when I’m at Mass with my 3- and 4-year-olds, it’s impossible to concentrate on a homily. They are squirming, making eye contact with each other and on the verge of … something.

Yesterday was different. I heard Father Freddie’s words, and I have to share them with you now.

It was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The time Mary said, “Yes.” Continue Reading

How to Be True to Yourself

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By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

“We live in a world that talks about individualism and then expects everyone to conform – in styles, in priorities and in ideas.(Sister Joan Chittister, Following the Path)

How ironic, to herald individualism as a badge of honor but expect everyone to be just like us. Let me tell you, choosing religious life gets you off that wheel fast. Continue Reading

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