Part 7: Practice, practice, practice

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There’s lots of talk about resurrection this time of year, from the good news of the Easter story to what we witness outdoors in every new flower. But what does it really mean to us, in a practical way? The Catholic Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery collaborated on this 10-part answer to the question of How to Practice Resurrection Every Day. We will publish it in installments over the next couple of weeks!

Every passing moment is renewed. Ovid

Every moment presents an opportunity to rise from the ashes of yesterday. To choose to begin again. And again. And again. Continue Reading

2nd Sunday of Lent: Don’t Be Afraid

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By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. …

A voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.  But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Do not be afraid.” (Mt 17:1-9)

Jesus tells us not to be afraid … but that’s the very thing we excel at.

We fear our money won’t hold out … our health will fail … a commitment will hamstring us … something we care deeply about won’t go the way we desperately need it to.

How many times in a day, a week, an hour do we have these fears?

What will it take for our faith to grow to such a deep place in our heart and in our psyche to believe – and act on that belief – that all decisions are solved by listening to Jesus?

Do not be afraid.

Lent is a special time set aside by the church to pray and to meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus.

We want to become like his apostles who listened, who followed, and who prayed with Jesus.

Today, go to the mountain with Jesus. Ask him for help with your questions … but don’t do all the talking! Be quiet, so you can listen. Let your fears dissipate … and let your heart fill with peace.

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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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Wisdom Story #7: Open to God in Silence

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Ask a Catholic Benedictine Sister for her wisdom, and she’s likely to tell you a story. Why?  Because wisdom comes through listening and being. This is the 7th story in our Wisdom Series.

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

(Centering Prayer) is a way of tuning in to a fuller level of realty that is always present and in which we are invited to participate. The fundamental disposition in Centering Prayer is opening to God. – Thomas Keating

One of the wisest decisions I ever made was to commit myself to daily Centering Prayer. Continue Reading

Thanking Sisters Phyllis, Marlene, Rosemary and Catherine

catherine-lighting-candle-for-webThe Sisters are a special gift from God and blessing to me. – Uraina Swanson Rubingh

Thank you for the opportunity to do this. A huge thank you to Sister Catherine Cleary. I am so grateful for the gift of her wisdom. The readings and time she shared with me continue to resonate throughout my life. – Melissa Calhoun

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