Celebrating the Season of Advent

It is easy to get wrapped up in shopping, writing cards, cooking, baking, decorating and gathering with family and friends during the busy days before Christmas. In her wisdom, Holy Mother Church provides us with the opportunity during the season of Advent to prepare our minds and hearts for celebrating with joy and renewed understanding the wondrous event we celebrate, the incarnation of our God as a member of our human family. Join Sister Margaret Michaud on Monday, December 2, the first Monday of Advent, to reflect on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke as we prepare for the Nativity of Christ in our lives.


We, the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., are a monastic community of women who seek God in our daily lives according to the Gospel and the Rule of Benedict. Through our ministry of prayer, work and community living, we listen and respond to the needs of the Church and the world.

Message from the Prioress

     “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” Psalm 23:4
     Like birth, death is a necessary part of what it means to live and be human. During November, the Church makes special remembrance of the dead. It’s a time when we mourn their loss, give thanks for their time on earth and are called to trust in the message of Christ’s Resurrection.
     Throughout November, we keep a Book of Life in which are inscribed the names of loved ones who have passed. The sisters pray for those listed throughout the month. If you would like to add a name, please email s1nohner@csbsju.edu.

Photo by Jennifer Morrissette-Hesse: Book of Life in the Gathering Place at the monastery

Susan Rudolph, OSB



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Daily Meditation for November 22, 2019

In his book Wrestling with God, author Ronald Rolheiser takes up the topic of regrets near the end. Everyone has regrets, of course, and there will always be regrets in our lives because humans are faced daily with decision-making. Youth, perhaps, suffer more deeply if they do not accept a decision they have made. To continually waffle, reconsidering a decision or questioning the wisdom of it, makes craziness. One must eventually own the decision and let go, or rather accept it as the best for this moment in time. The problem, however, is the human desire to have it all. Having it all illustrates the human weakness of restlessness. (According to St. Augustine, we will be restless until we rest in God.) We are not whole in this life and therefore hopefully, as we mature, we learn to make our choices knowing we can live with the regrets.

By Mary Jane Berger, OSB