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Envision the Benedictine Value of Community through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

This is the third of 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. The Benedictine Value of Community This limestone sculpture of “Community” by Joseph O’Connell (1927-1995) stands in the Gathering Place at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota. This depiction of the first sisters supporting their monastery’s foundress, Mother Benedicta… Continue reading Envision the Benedictine Value of Community through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

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Envision the Benedictine value of Work through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

This is the second of 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. The Benedictine Value of Work through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)The Rule of Benedict says, "When they live by the labor of their hands . . . then they are really monastics." In Benedictine spirituality the purpose of work is… Continue reading Envision the Benedictine value of Work through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

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Envision the Benedictine value of Prayer through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

This is the fist of 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. Joseph O'Connell's Sculptures: Prayer, Work and Community The brochure "Vision Through Sculpture," published by The Sisters of Saint Benedict's Monastery, explains that "In 1982, Joseph O'Connell . . . was commissioned by the Emerson Hynes family" to create a sculpture… Continue reading Envision the Benedictine value of Prayer through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

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Visio Divina (Divine Seeing) as an alternative to New Year Resolutions: envision your new self-story based on Benedictine values and commitments

This is the introduction to 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. Visio Divina (Divine Seeing) as an Alternative to New Years Resolutions Benedictine Spirituality is not a self-improvement project, rather, because it is rooted in humility and relies on the gracious love of a divine power greater than ourselves, the… Continue reading Visio Divina (Divine Seeing) as an alternative to New Year Resolutions: envision your new self-story based on Benedictine values and commitments

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Exploring Inner Rooms: an online 12 days of Christmas retreat at Cloister Seminars

It's not too late to join a heart-stirring, soul-deepening, online "12 days of Christmas" retreat at Cloister Seminars Retreat leaders, married couple Chuck Huff and Almut Furchert invite you to "take a break from the hustle and bustle, to breathe, and to wonder, guided and sustained by wise women and men." Elaborating on the reflections of… Continue reading Exploring Inner Rooms: an online 12 days of Christmas retreat at Cloister Seminars

Poetry, Spirituality

4 characteristics of vibrant, strong communities from The Rule of Benedict

The poet Emily Dickinson, now recognized alongside Walt Whitman as one of the cofounders of a uniquely American poetic voice, lived in almost complete social isolation.  If a poet wants to write remarkable, enduring poems, is it, therefore, best for her to live an isolationist life? Paul the Hermit lived his long adult life alone… Continue reading 4 characteristics of vibrant, strong communities from The Rule of Benedict

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3 things nuns, monks and poets know about why you should “keep death daily before your eyes”

For the next year or so, I will be studying Michael Casey's Seventy-four Tools for Good Living: reflections on the fourth chapter of Benedict's Rule with my oblate group at Saint Benedict's monastery. Among those seventy-four tools is this one: "To have death present before one's eyes every day." (RB 4:47) And this is a… Continue reading 3 things nuns, monks and poets know about why you should “keep death daily before your eyes”