A “Motley Crew” at Prayer? Jesus is There Too!


By Sister Mary Core, OSB

“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”  (Matthew 18:19-20)

Jesus’ familiar words are a reminder that the power of our prayer is enhanced when we pray with others.

It happens when we share a blessing before a meal we are about to enjoy. Continue Reading

Benedictine Sisters Pray Together Morning, Noon and Night


Sister Charlotte Sonneville, OSB

As I was pondering why St. Benedict wrote 12 chapters of his Rule on the Opus Dei  (Work of God)  – what we now refer to as the Liturgy of the Hours – I read  this line from Psalm 66: “Cry out with joy to God, all the earth;  O sing to the glory of God’s name, O render God glorious praise.” Continue Reading

In a Fog?

Fall scene overlooking the Mississippi River

This morning as I walked outside on the Monastery patio overlooking the lake before Vespers, I was in awe. The lake was still, hardly a stir, and the fog hugged close to the surface. It was breathtaking.

As I went upstairs to join the Sisters at Lauds (Morning Prayer), the sun began to lighten the darkness ever so subtly. By the time Eucharist began about an hour later, the sun was brilliant, the lake was calm and the fog was gone until another morning. The fall colors vibrated through the woods surrounding our Chapel. Clarity!

It seems to me the issues surrounding our discernment may be as the fog hovering over our inner self. Continue Reading