Our missionary service is permeated by the Benedictine spirituality; prayer is the foundation of our missionary work and makes it fruitful. He walked gently through the woods around the hermitage using his camera as a contemplative instrument. To grow in knowledge of the Boerne Benedictine Sisters’ mission and heritage. Our Charism, Mission and Core Values. The Benedictine Sisters visit each class twice in Monastic Meetings to tell about the Benedictine charism, the history of the Sisters, and Benedictine Saints, including Saints Benedict, Scholastica and Gertrude. Here I think of Thomas Merton’s photograph of the great cart wheel he had outside his hermitage, which he photographed with such love and care. So how does St. Benedict speak to us today? He learned those relations with his body and the world about him produced joy, openness and dialogue. Today, the Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery combine monastic community with an active role in civic life. Benedictine Monasticism: its formation and development through the 12th century (New York : Sheed and Ward, 1965; repr. So I picked up the Rule of St. Benedict to know something of the minds, hearts and vision of the men who had built the building that surrounded me, indeed the very house in which I lived with my husband and four teenage sons. This important spiritual guide for living in community was written around 1500 years ago and is a central text of western monasticism. They are only on loan, and they’ve got to be returned. The Benedictine Charism Today. This includes the earth, everything. In … Since then Benedict has been a continuing power and person in my life. I also was still a victim of a religious upbringing which told me that what God really wanted from me was that I should say a lot of prayers. What was it that I experienced as I walked through the cloisters or past the granary, the brew house or the bake house at the end of the garden? Benedict has this great gift with phrases. We, the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, as monastic women are called to seek God in community through prayer and ministry. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram! In those hermitage years, he was nurtured by long periods of silence, getting up at two in the morning to pray. History. Nobody would have seen them. History. I believe that in Benedict we find a man with vision and practical wisdom whom we can hear because he speaks out of his personal experiences. Pray with Us. But their presence through their prayers is still with us. It’s so full of images, and images get to us, not intellectually to our minds but to our hearts which is the essence of our self. Logo Description. These people haven’t lived close together and shared their life together the way that we did that week. And not the least, I explored a marvelous succession of underground tunnels through which an enterprising 12th century prior brought piped water to the monastic community. No, I have to let them go free. Anti-RB 1980: Is there truly a Benedictine charism? Charism Statement. Community History. Eight hours sleep is what he said. This is one of the great things about this text. Retreats. Liturgical Schedule. That is the wonderful thing about the Rule and about Benedict himself, the freshness, the freedom, the sanity, the broadness, and the healthiness of the Benedictine life.” This man gives us a sign, a promise and a challenge as much today as when the Rule was written. At one point, I determined to pray longer and in greater discomfort than my younger sister. Angel, Oregon. It is precisely because he has such a grasp of the human psyche and how it works that he can touch us with practical wisdom and insight. “Why was this good news kept from us?” they said. He greeted me saying, “This place is, in itself, healing. Our missionary service is permeated by the Benedictine spirituality; prayer is the foundation of our missionary work and makes it fruitful. Benedict is quite clear that outward conformity doesn’t count. Through our community life we give witness to Christianity genuine lived. I choose these words carefully. For those of us who are living outside monastic communities, we expect that form to change throughout our lives, involving overlapping circles as we are inserted into a succession of relationships, including relationships with the non-human. And again we come back to images. When you lie in your bed, your bed becomes the altar. We seek to welcome others as they are. RB 1980 The Rule of St Benedict in Latin and English with Notes, edited by Tim Fry and published by the Liturgical Press, Collegeville in 1981, is one of those books I love to hate. The people who came to live, work and pray together were drawn from all the divides of the South African church– Dutch Reformed, Anglican, Presbyterian, Catholic– and from the racial divides– black, colored and white. Welcome to our congregation of Missionary Benedictine sisters of Tutzing We have all these good things to share with the whole of God’s family. Monastery Photos. While writing a book on Merton using his photos, I saw that you’ve just got to stay with the simplicity of his vision, standing in front of piece of wood and some stones, which we otherwise might easily pass by. When I first picked up the Rule in Canterbury, I discovered the way of Benedict not just through a written text but through the actual monastic buildings amongst which I was living. When singing the psalms the heart, voice and mind must be in harmony. They returned saying, “This is given to us, too, at a parish. We believe, as St. Benedict says, that All guests … are to be welcomed as Christ. Items must be picked up at the Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA 20136 between 1:00-4:00 PM Monday-Friday. When you wash a dish or pick up litter, you are the altar. What does the Benedictine charism offer to today’s world? What and how he saw came out of his hours of prayer. Novice Oblates will be meeting on-line. There is a sweeping tide of interest in spirituality which, in my most cynical moments, I think is making a spirituality one more consumer product, an offer of in-built success. The Benedictine Charism: Ora et Labora (Work and Pray, Balance and Moderation) The monastic charism of the Benedictine Order bears witness to Jesus’s mandate to pray always. Exploitation of one leads to exploitation of the other. He loved and respected food and wanted it to be carefully served with reverence. Prayer Request. After studying and teaching history at Cambridge University, she married, had four sons, and moved to Canterbury, where she lived in a house that had been part of the medieval monastic community. It takes me to the fifth and sixth centuries during which the Benedictine way of life and the Celtic tradition were forged. It’s as if he goes beyond the things themselves to their essence, to the integrity of the things. The charism entrusted to Benedictines is the call to seek God in cenobitic (monastic) community, to praise God through prayer and ministry, and to listen with eagerness to the Spirit’s call into the un-known future. Going to church, reading religious literature, giving up sugar during Lent, giving my savings to the mission field– that’s what God was looking for. I think it is very close to the terms in which the “New Science” also speaks. At the end of time, whether it is when the harvest is finished, or at the end of one’s life, or the day of judgment, they are to be collected back again and “recollegenda.” The Latin word carries a sense that when work is done and the harvesting is complete, the tools are to be gathered in again. In this instance, that “cottage” was a vast medieval house which had belonged to the Benedictine priors during the Middle Ages when Canterbury had been a great Benedictine monastic community. What is secret and hidden about Apartheid elsewhere is clearly revealed here. Merton didn’t believe that we come to God through the truncation of our humanity but through the wholeness of our humanity. Her major interests are the fields of the Benedictine and Celtic traditions. We did this first in Johannesburg then in Cape Town. Imagine with me this simple monastic building built from a very simple courtyard. Liturgy of the Hours. I have a built-in resistance, which I share with many others, to being presented with ethical demands and moral statements such as the declarations and pronouncements that emanate from the institutional church. All the courtesy of love is a wonderful phrase for explaining how you handle people. Although I didn’t realize its implications at the time, I also had begun to follow that simple movement of illumination that begins to mend these splits and divides, that heals the tragic divisions in my self, my thinking and my whole approach to the church and the world. I saw this vividly in Johannesburg. At first I thought this stuff is for the beginners. The basic form of the apostolate of the sisters in the world should always be a life deeply united with God, faithful to the ideal of our Congregation, to Saint Benedict and to the charism of our Mother Foundress, filled with prayer, a spirit of sacrifice and love toward every person, giving witness to the relevance of Christ’s Gospel in every epoch (cf. Throughout the centuries, the Benedictine monastic way of life has testified to the need to put God first. Can. He asked me to do in South Africa what I had done in England, and to some extent in America. I’m fond of this thing I’m wearing because it reminds of New Mexico and Native American traditions. Vessels and tools take on the fullness of images as I live with the text and as it lives with me. I went back after Christmas to have continuing conversations with people whom I had gotten to know well. Imagine Merton living in his hermitage outside the Abbey of Gethsemani in the blue Kentucky hills. Above all, Benedictine spirituality is a shared, common, corporate spirituality. Somebody needs healing, handle him as you would a pot where you have to scrape off the rust, very gently so you don’t crack it. I was “moozingoo,” which means feeling an enormous amount of pressure whirling about. That is a wonderful phrase. Stanley Rother Wagner, OSB July 17, 2018 I had the opportunity to spend a week in June at Saint Anselm Abbey in Manchester, New Hampshire for the annual Junior Summer School for Benedictine monks who have made simple vows. There was no idea that the earth, the ground on which I walked, was an essential part of God’s world. This life is a seamless garment said Dominic Milroy OSB. He stood back never tying to possess, to label, to organize. The garden was watered and made fruitful from a water system which stood in its center. Follow us on Vocations Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Esther de Waal lives in a small cottage on the Welsh/English border. There is a real prophetic person. Benedict says enough sleep is very important. There must be unity– this theme is a keynote– between the exterior and the interior. We strive for union with God by being imitators of Christ. And it’s very appropriate that he should, since he’s a Benedictine and the headmaster of England’s biggest Benedictine school at Ampelforth. Discernment. Any moment can be the moment. Benedict takes us into the theme of unity and connectedness. Mission Statement We, the Sisters of Saint Benedict, Crookston, Minnesota, are monastic women committed to living the Gospel and the […] I think that he used his camera to express this. Each person is unique. Benedict touches a deep and universal truth which traditional peoples know. Again, Benedict gives us a specific example from a particular time and place– behavior in choir. Can it be that this tiny Rule, written some 1500 years ago for men in rural Italy, is still vibrant, life-giving and relevant? To live the charism of Benedictine spirituality and extend those gifts for service promoting the reign of God Oblates must attend a minimum of one meeting per year in order to maintain membership. I believe it is. Awareness Of God; Community; Hospitality; Peace & Justice Education. All on-site meetings of the Oblates are cancelled until further notice. The Gospel joyfully proclaims that the Kingdom of God is here (Mt. She leads retreats, lectures, and travels widely. This speaks of their care for infinite detail, whether they were piping water, growing herbs or welcoming guests. He didn’t know that I was interested in monastic tradition. Benedictine Sisters of Boerne Charism We are called to seek God in community and to respond in ministry through sharing our spirituality and addressing the … Find a Sister. There was no sense that creation was important, that God was part of the ordinary and the day-to-day. I had the idea that the more uncomfortable they were and the more I suffered the more God was pleased. They say they are allowed to feel and live the way they deep down always wanted to live. I have to handle them with care, respect and with all courtesy of love. I recently and movingly experienced the power of that inner cloister, that inner garth or garden, when I went back to South Africa. Some are so extraordinary that you have to hold them in your hands, feel the weight of them and live with them. A man may seem to be silent, but if his heart is condemning others he is babbling ceaselessly. And then comes this important connection: The way we handle things and the way we handle people are related. Fry, Timothy OSB, ed. The charism is both flexible and stable. But I have to look at these things and say “not mine, only on loan.” Benedict tells us to enjoy these things– and return them. This ring, of which I’m particularly fond, is a piece of a jet which I picked up on the beach at Whitby. They are women who have responded to the call to live in community according to the Gospel and the Rule of St. Benedict. 4:17). Instead, you are told that when you take your shoes off, you put them parallel to each other and not pigeon-toed, that you should close the door behind you quietly, that you should walk calmly and eat slowly and leave things ready for the next person to use. Without that emptiness, the wheel won’t turn. 26 April 1995 Path to Profession. Showing posts with label Benedictine charism. To seek God is our overriding ultimate goal. Baptists and Presbyterians were pretty dreadful; Anglo-Catholics were highly suspect; Roman Catholics were beyond the pale. Put another way, how does The Rule of St. Benedict and the vision of St. Benedict speak to us today, particularly to lay people like myself? As the warden greeted me, he had no idea who I was. Ordinary lay people are given this grace by the very fact of this place in which we worship. Vocations. How, particularly, does he speak to a college community such as Illinois Benedictine, where there is a commitment to the values and vision of the Benedictine way? This holistic approach recognizes the importance of the whole of ourselves, body, mind and spirit, and the rhythm by which we let it be part of our daily life. The buildings were an expression of the way life that was lived by a great monastic community during the Middle Ages. Together they seek God in a balanced life of prayer and work, simplicity, hospitality, and service. They were founded by Saint Benedict of Nursia, a 6th-century monk who laid the foundations of Benedictine monasticism through the formulation of his Rule … Benedict tells us to handle the things of the kitchen, the pantry, the garden, with as much love, reverence and respect as the sacred vessels of the altar. He told his novices that the body is good; listen to what it tells you. Benedict wants energy for us. Benedictine sisters, discerning about their future, chose to build a monastery on the outskirts of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The love of Christ impels us, above all, to solidarity with the poor and oppressed and to have an open heart for their needs. Charism and Mission. But there may be another who talks from morning to night and yet he is truly silent; that is, he says nothing that is profitable. And every single thing matters, which is why Benedict says something very profound in an almost absurd, throw-away line: “If anything gets broken or damaged in the pantry, own up at once.” Own up at once because every single thing matters. We, the sisters of Queen of Heaven Monastery, have chosen to respond to God's call and to witness to the gospel values through our Benedictine vows. What took me to South Africa in the years of Apartheid was an invitation from Desmond Tutu. Liturgical Schedule. The waste dumps left from gold mining represent the exploitation of the black people of South Africa under Apartheid. The opening words to the Rule are totally personal: “Listen, carefully, my son,” Benedict says, addressing each one of us, I believe, as the prodigal. In my case, this has applied particularly to my sons as they grow up. He is telling us about attitude, about the attitude of detachment– or better non-attachment. Or as some of our documents put it, our charism witnesses to the primacy of God. This is about the interior disposition of the heart. That’s where they grow and work in us. It moves me to think of Hilda of Whitby. Sisters from there first came to St. Marys, PA in 1852 to educate the children of the newly arrived German immigrants. by Esther de Waal, © 1995 by Esther de Waal. Then we realize that the image is speaking to us of a Eucharistic vessel. They express how much he lived out of the Rule. You buy it, and with it comes the promise of ultimate or even instant success. Then I came to understand that that is the real thing. Time and again in Celtic understanding– and you know it from Native American experience– we see that we are inserted into the whole web of creation. I am ready to listen, to hear and to follow. The Benedictine Charism of Slow Evangelization by Br. When Benedict talks to me about handling with care, about reverence and respect for material things, he does it in a way that is immediate and specific, and therefore difficult to evade. The Rule of St. Benedict, like the Celtic tradition which has enriched what Benedict gives me, takes me behind and beyond the divisions that shaped me. I end with a quotation from Merton’s Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. Here is a means we need to build the coming church in the new South Africa.”. A Benedictine spirituality is based upon three vows: prayer, obedience and stability. It’s impossible to care for each other more or differently than we care for the earth. In that sermon, the priest told them, “When you stand at the kitchen stove, that is the center; that is the altar. Transcription provided by Scott Rains Our Benedictine Heritage; The Rule of Saint Benedict; Our Name and Logo; Meet Our Sisters. I trust you can understand that I received this vivid text about the cellarer as a wonderful word. Guests: clydeguests@benedictinesisters.org Prayer Request: sister@benedictinesisters.org Group Tours: tours.clyde@bspa.us. Prayer Request. Sisters in Watertown. Stages of Formation: Journey to Membership. Those hours before dawn enfolded him in the gentleness of the world around his hermitage. Ordinary people at the end of the 20th Century.” Throughout Lent there has been teaching, study and discussion at this parish. This is the start of the healing process for these damaged people as they come here, and it begins just as soon as they cross this threshold.” I found it so moving that I went to my bag to get the trauma center’s simple logo, which pictures prison bars where the bars have become flowering branches with the promise of new life. I think this language resonates with many people who are on the edge of the church, who are questioning and seeking. "The Benedictine Charism Today" (ABCU essay; 26 April 1995). Our Missionary Charism. Just this morning I realized that this is April 26, the day many of the conversations I’ve been having with St. Benedict will appear in print in England. They built these tunnels with enormous care and skill. Vocations. Following the Rule of St. Benedict, they offer hospitality through various forms of ministry to the people… A Life-Giving Way: A Commentary on the Rule of Saint Benedict (Liturgical Press, 1995). The Benedictines, officially the Order of Saint Benedict, are a monastic religious order of the Catholic Church following the Rule of Saint Benedict. The fascinating thing about that quotation is that I have taken it from the sermon preached on Passion Sunday in an Anglican parish church in a small market town on the border of Wales, close to where I now live. Pray with Us. Queen of Angels Monastery is a community of Benedictine Sisters in Mt. Our missionary service is permeated by the Benedictine spirituality; prayer is the foundation of our missionary work and makes it fruitful. Address to the Illinois Benedictine College Community It is the nature of Benedictine life to listen intently and respond faithfully to the needs of every era, qualities that have enabled the charism to remain relevant for more than 1,500 years. He went on to remind them of the Eastern saying that what allows the wheel to turn is the empty space that joins the axle bar of the cart to the wheel. The low-gluten breads are made from water and wheat starch that has had most of the gluten removed. A friend set it for me so I can wear it and be reminded of that great Saxon Benedictine abbey. I had no idea that matter mattered to God and that included my own body. When things go wrong there has to be gentle handling. This isn’t an individualistic or isolated spirituality. Benedict is in line with many in today’s society, like Wendell Barry who is so well-known to you, who are telling us this. I mustn’t control; I mustn’t possess; I mustn’t try to organize their lives, telling myself that it’s for their own good and that I know better than they do. As Missionary Benedictine Sisters with our particular charism of prayer, community cultural, and ethnic diversity, and our commitment to respect persons and creation, we believe our call at this time is to: ~Deepen and share our Benedictine spirituality. It is compelling to me that Benedict always speaks in totally practical terms. He gives his teaching in the most practical and down-to-earth way possible. It’s about community life in whatever shape or form that may take. Another key Benedictine value – and charism – is hospitality. We are partners with God in handling all these good gifts. I was trying to do a little historical work, when I could fit it in while running a vast house. A Trappist monk, living therefore by the Rule of Benedict, I’ve come to know him recently through his photographs. The Good Samaritan Sisters who founded St Joseph’s ordered their lives according to The Rule of St Benedict. Since the Abbot is the exemplar of Christ for the brothers, I see that Christ has lent me all the good things in my life. In that monastery, the cloister is an inner cloister garth or garden. EXTANT Newsletters. And there at the base of it all, anchoring it, was the church telling us that everything must flow into prayer. He addressed many of the issues all of us have to face. When I first picked up the Rule one sentence leapt out at me. At times I’ve lived guided by others expectations. Put on the mask; pretend that something is there and in place when it was not. The Benedictine life is a life centered on prayer -- which means that it is a life marked by the search for God. Charism Charism St Benedict is known as a gentle, dignified, strong, peace-loving man, whose contemplative approach shows us the way of community St Benedict is known as the father of the modern monasteries and with his focus on unity and fraternity, he brought together groups of monks into cohesive communities, sharing prayer and reflection. Above all he wants the church and society to get behind the divide, the dualities, the divisions and the splits to that centeredness by which we can hold things together. 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