By Sister Mary Core, OSB
Spring is the perfect season for spiritual renewal! This 15-part online mini-retreat is perfect for anytime you need a breath of fresh air … or maybe even a change of mental scenery. Follow the links for the spiritual nourishment you need to take a new look at yourself and the world around you:
Sister Mary is a Catholic Benedictine Sister of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, IL. To learn more about our community, visit www.smmsisters.org. Blessings!
This morning as I looked out my window it occured to me that the view was like a mirror of my Lent. At the beginning of Lent the trees, lake, and all were in darkness. With no view of life it all seemed barren. I felt this barrenness and realized that Jesus spent 40 days in the desert.
In scripture barrenness has always been a time of waiting for God to act, waiting with trust. Continue Reading
By Sr. Phyllis McMurray, OSB
A story is told in the Life of Benedict attributed to Gregory the Great about Benedict’s own spiritual transformation. It is said that Benedict, close to the time of his death, went to a tower cell late at night to pray, when the rest of his community was thought to be at rest. As he gazed out into the darkness, he saw an amazing light break through the black of the night. Afterwards, Gregory recounts, it was as though “the whole world, contracted as it were together, was represented to his eyes in one ray of light.” Continue Reading
Second Sunday of Lent: Gospel of Matthew 17: 1-9
By Sr. Catherine Cleary, OSB
Matthew’s gospels for the first two Sundays in Lent clearly show readers that Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophecies of Israel. Last week, Jesus’ fasting in the desert reminded us of Moses’ sojourn in the desert. Today’s gospel highlights Jesus as the new Moses as he appears on a high mountain with Moses and Elijah, his face shining as Moses’ did when he saw God. (Ex 34:29) Continue Reading
Every year Lent begins with the Sunday readings around the temptations to Jesus when he was in the desert. Every year it remains a powerful passage for reflection. All week, since last Sunday, it has tossed around in my thoughts and prayer. Continue Reading
During Lent I decided to read ‘Characters of the Crucifixation’ by Joseph Fichtner. It has short reflections on 15 characters who played a role in the Passion and Death of Jesus. Peter’s story is especially revealing. Continue Reading
By Prioress Sister Phyllis McMurray, OSB
Lord, impart to us the meaning of the words of Scripture and the light to understand it. St. Hilary of Poiters
We read in the gospels of occasions when Jesus withdrew from others in order to pray in solitude. One episode was when Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. When tempted by the devil to satisfy his hunger, Jesus replied, “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” Continue Reading