1st Sunday: Jesus Holds On, So We Hold On

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We encounter our demons, like Jesus, as we journey through our lives … alone, but for the Lord, who never lets us go.

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

The desert is a metaphor for our own struggles with the demons that confront us as we insist on seeking our true freedom.

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Refocus for a Deep, Sacred Lenten Season

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Deer stroll along our lake in plain view every day … yet if you don’t look for them, it’s easy to miss them!

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

We can all go on autopilot during the year, right? Lent is the right time to get out of it … to go deep, to seek – and see – the sacred.

In my Benedictine community, the Sisters give a lot of thought to their Lenten resolutions. They choose spiritual reading to help guide and support them. Maybe some of their thoughts and suggestions will help you!

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Today’s Focus: Nourishment of the Soul

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By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

We celebrated Madri Gras last night, and as always, we had a terrific time.

Sisters Mary Jane (above) and Margaret won 1st prize in the Best Mask Contest. We enjoyed some treats, played a few mean games of Bunco, and laughed a whole lot. It was the perfect way to bid farewell to Ordinary Time (for now) and enter the season of Lent.

We’ve put away our treats for now, to focus on nourishing our souls. Continue Reading

A Benedictine Catholic Sister’s Story of “Yes”

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Benedictine Sisters process to Mass in their heavy serge habits.

By Sister Charlotte Sonneville, OSB

It was a hot August afternoon when Sisters Marilyn Hettinger, Sandra Mock and I arrived back at the Catechetical Center in Ladd, Illinois. We had been driving for 4 hours, returning from 2 months at the monastery in Nauvoo.

We had just changed out of our traditional wool habits and into our cotton work habits when the phone rang. Father William, OSB, told us that the local Presbyterian pastor’s wife had died. Could we please represent our Catholic community at her funeral?

Of course we said yes. We had enjoyed some great youth programs with our two Churches and knew that it was important to offer our prayerful support.

But changing back into our hot, heavy serge habits was quite a sacrifice. And the funeral was just an hour from then. Continue Reading