Do you remember how cold it was this past January? When you looked at the thermometer and it read 30 degrees below zero? No matter how many layers of clothes I put on during those cold days to walk outside, the cold was bitter, biting through to my skin. I was glad the time I needed to be outside was only to get to another building. As I listened to the news one evening, it appeared that the whole state of Minnesota shut down during those cold days. Then, a few days later, it warmed up to 18 degrees above zero, 50 degrees warmer.
So now here we are in July; the grass is green, the vegetables are being harvested and the cold days of January are only a memory. At Saint Benedict’s Monastery, July is full of retreats and celebrations. This year, we have one woman making her perpetual profession on July 11. I treasure the memories of my own perpetual profession. The community, along with my family and friends gathered around me in the chapel as I read and signed my profession document. This was followed by a festive meal in our dining room. During July, we will also celebrate the 50th jubilee of three sisters. It is truly a month of joyful memories for our community.
If you would like more information about Saint Benedict’s Monastery, please contact Sister Lisa Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Rose, OSB