On Wednesday, at 2:30 in the morning, I'll be boarding a bus with twenty-nine 8th graders and 10 other adults. We will be touring Washington, DC until Saturday where we will gather at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Basilica at 5:15 to celebrate the Ascension of Jesus. Please keep us in your prayers. Check back to hear more about this adventure!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I hope to hear from you soon.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
- a longing to Seek God?
- a generous heart?
- a desire to live with other women who share your desire to Seek God?
- a deep desire to be in union with God?
- a positive outlook and attitude about life?
- a healthy body and a strong mind?
- a desire to be of service to God's people?
- a willingness to grow in holiness?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The passage we hear today from John's gospel is part of Jesus' farewell discourse...his final words of challenge, instruction, hope and encouragement for those who have journeyed with him. In the ancient world a person's last words were always very special. Biographers would take great care to ensure that they contained the most important things that future generations should learn. While the gospels are not biographies, they are written to a particular audience. John's listeners are both Jews and gentiles, all now calling themselves Christians, many of whom have been victims of persecution. To the early church community, the instruction, "Do not let your hearts be troubled" would have been significant. Today, we might call it "guarding your hearts." In Greek, the statement is, "Decide not to let your hearts be troubled." Faith and trust in Jesus, who reveals Himself as the Way, the Truth and the Life, is a conscious, deliberate choice. The apostles were confused and distressed; Jesus tried to reassure them that if they kept their hearts open to what they had seen and heard while they were with Him, they could remain strong. For us, St. Benedict echoes similar sentiments. What is more delightful than this voice of God calling to us? See how God, in love, shows us the way of life. (Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue 19, 20)
Monday, April 14, 2008
The Seed was planted 1500 years ago...The Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center, housed in the former Our Lady of Grace Academy, opened in 1981 and was founded on the 5th century teachings of Benedict of Nursia, Italy. In the Rule of Benedict, St. Benedict provided a guideline for those seeking happiness and spiritual fulfillment through a search for God in the ordinary aspects of daily life--eating, sleeping, working, praying--all performed in moderation. In effect, Benedict endorsed a balanced life. He also believed spiritual progress depended on finding Christ in each person. As a result, his directive to "Let everyone who comes be received as Christ" flowered into the renowned hospitality for which all Benedictine monasteries are now known.
It is because of St. Paul Hermitage the Sisters of St. Benedict first came to Beech Grove. In the mid 1950's Most Reverend Paul Schulte, Archbishop of Indianapolis, had a dream to open a retirement home for lay people. The Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, IN were growing larger in membership and were in the process of deciding whether or not to open a new community in Beech Grove. Archbishop Schulte's dream was a perfect fit for the sisters and so it was decided a new foundation would begin in Beech Grove and they would own and operate a retirement home for lay people.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The timing was perfect for the sisters as the Archdiocese of Indianapolis wanted someone to establish a retirement home for lay people. Archbishop Paul D. Schulte approached the sisters and asked them to take on this task. The Archdiocese gave the sisters a 32 acre tract of land in the Beech Grove area where they would soon build a new monastery, a secondary school for girls and the retirement home. It was decided by the Ferdinand community to send 113 of their sisters to begin this new foundation in Beech Grove.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Thirteen centuries later, in 1852, the Benedictine nuns of St. Walburga's in Eichstatt, Bavaria, in Germany, sent Mother Benedicta Riepp and two companions to found the first Benedictine Convent in the New World. These sisters established a foundation at St. Mary's, Elk County, Pennsylvania, but they soon moved westward. They settled first in Erie, PA, in 1856. From there they moved to Covington, Kentucky in 1859. Their next move took them to Dubois County in southern Indiana.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
St. Benedict was born in 480 A.D. in Nursia, Italy, not far from Rome. From an early age he left the allurements of the world to seek God in one of the twelve monasteries he founded south of Rome. In 529 A.D., at Monte Cassino, the monastery in which he chose to live, St. Benedict composed a Rule of Life for monks. St. Scholastica, his twin sister, was the first woman to follow this Rule as a nun.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
While Juliann and I were visiting the Benedictines in Erie, PA, I finally had the opportunity to get a "blog" (weblog) started...and here it is!
Stay tuned as I start to add posts, spread the word, and add "accessories" ..including pictures, links, etc.
Susan Doubet, OSB, helped me start this and wants me to plug her blog..so here it is:
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