God’s Early Morning Gifts

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Walking on an early summer morning, Sister Sheila is greeted by the sun. The darkness of fall and winter beckons her as much, as she prays her rosary and gives thanks for God’s gifts.

By Sister Sheila McGrath, OSB

Peaceful … quiet … dark. What am I describing? My morning walk!

God’s gifts are so evident as I take my morning walk at the beginning of each new day. Continue Reading

Part 10: Who Will You Become?

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This is the final installment of 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

Do you like change? It’s probably safe to say most of us do … when we want it. But when we don’t? That’s another story.

Trouble is, change is another word for “life.” We either change – grow! – or we stagnate. Continue Reading

Part 9: Free to Live into What Really Matters

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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

If you ever feel overwhelmed by the high-tech, multi-choice, break-neck-fast demands of our culture, take a breath and listen:

You can slow down. Simplify. Continue Reading

Part 8: The Heavy Weight of Stuff

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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

How much of your “stuff” do you really need? If you’re like most of us, probably very little. But there it is, anyway, cluttering, filling and overflowing your life:

There’s the trinket you bought at the mall, for 50% off. There’s the box of notecards you couldn’t resist but haven’t used, taking up space in your desk drawer. There’s the closet full of clothes you haven’t worn in years.

Too much stuff weighs us down. Continue Reading

Part 7: Take Leisure!

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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

Look at your daily routine. Is there a time for leisure? Do you walk, drink tea, read?

St. Benedict prescribed Holy Leisure for his monks, and for good reason. It helps keep us in balance!

Joan Chittister, OSB writes, “In American culture, leisure may be one of the most difficult spiritual elements to achieve. We are trained to be doers and makers, not dreamers and seers.” Continue Reading

Part 6: Finding Grace

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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)

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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