Entries by Amanda Motz

New Blog: “Alternative Mother’s Day”

Blog Title: Alternative Mother’s Day Author: Pat Pickett, OblSB Mothers are showered with flowers, cards and other gifts on Mother’s Day. In today’s blog, Oblate Pat Pickett ponders how we may celebrate an “Alternative Mother’s Day” and celebrate all kinds of moms throughout the entire year. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday to read new […]

Alternative Mother’s Day

Twenty-five billion dollars spent on cards, flowers, jewelry, dinners, spa days and other gifts for Mother’s Day. Let me say that I do not begrudge any mother who was celebrated with gifts, but that staggering figure made me wonder if we might be ready for an alternative Mother’s Day. My Alternative Mother’s Day might offer […]

Job Opportunity: Temporary Food Services Utility Worker

We have a temporary opportunity for a food services utility worker to join our team at Saint Benedict’s Monastery. This position is responsible for washing pots and pans, assisting in the dish room, general clean-up and assisting production and service personnel in the kitchen, bakery and monastery dining area. This is a temporary position that […]

Job Opportunity: Wellness Activity Assistant

We have an opportunity for a wellness activity assistant to join our compassionate wellness team at Saint Scholastica Convent. This position is responsible for assisting in the development of and performing exercises and therapeutic recreational activities with sisters, including memory care, to support the wellness department’s mission of helping each sister grow physically, socially and […]

A Day in the Life of Blue Bonnet

Blue Bonnet is a facility dog at Shoedair Children’s Hospital in Helena, Mont., where Sister Trish Dick works as a spiritual counselor with children who have undergone extreme trauma. Welcome to a day in the life of Blue Bonnet, told through Blue Bonnet’s eyes! First of all, I sleep on my favorite old couch. It […]


I was inspired, today, by Nancy Dallavalle’s reflection, “Missing the Messenger” (Give Us This Day, 4/ 27), and by Pope Francis’ invitation to “gaze on migrants and refugees” (Journey, spring 2019). First, Nancy! Her message is basically that our invitation to share the Good News with others may be difficult because we see it as […]


My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord. As a small child growing up in southern California, we would take trips between Santa Ana and San Diego. Shortly before we would get to the Pacific Ocean, we would pass Mission San Juan de Capistrano, best known for its swallows “always” returning […]

The Waiting Game

To get caught in the waiting game is never fun for me; how about you? Recently, after logging into a webinar, I had to wait for the program to begin. So how did I use this precious time of waiting? I tried to be in the moment and enjoy the environment around me. So, as […]