Part 10: Resurrected life is now

new sunrise

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. This is the final part. We hope you enjoyed it!

Resurrection will be now. Every moment, a new beauty. – Rumi

Resurrection – the moment when we rise, all new – is the life to which we are called.

Not once, as we give up our corporal bodies, but always. Continue Reading

Holiday Advice: Don’t Hit Back!


You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you … if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. (Matthew 38-45)

By Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB

Many are now making plans to get together with family over the coming holidays. For some, those plans are filled with dread. Old grievances can undermine the most joyous time.

So, I’m going to give you some advice: Don’t hit back! Continue Reading

Wisdom Story #3: Forgive Yourself


Sister Mary Jane Wallace hosts a reception for her piano students following their 2016 recital.

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 3rd story in our Wisdom Series.

Sister Mary Jane Wallace is in-between piano lessons.

She’s been thinking a lot lately about what we expect from kids in the classroom and at the keyboard.

She’s decided we need to spend more time praising and less time criticizing. Continue Reading

Lessons from a Well-Loved Life

mary-jane-wavingSeveral years ago, we asked Sister Mary Jane Wallace to reminisce about her life as a Benedictine. She brought scrapbooks, photos, typed notes and laugh-out-loud stories.

Sr. Mary Jane is still a dynamo at 85. She continues to teach piano to children and adults, write skits for community celebrations and work on a book about her ministries. And all of that is what she does in between our daily Benedictine prayer schedule.

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