Entries by Amanda Hackett

We Create the World We Want!

James Bowey, photographer and oral historian for refugees running from their native “homes that won’t let them stay,” recently provided an exhibit at the Paramount. The documentary hopes “that portraits and vignettes are universally humanizing” (St. Cloud Times, 7/8/2018), that refugee stories and experiences might touch our hearts while endless debates seem to not only […]

Sparking a Flame

One of the sanctuary candles in Sacred Heart Chapel was bathed in sunlight on a recent summer afternoon. Its beauty caught me immediately by surprise as I was walking through the chapel. One candle was lit by the sun while the other three remained in the darkness of shadows. I had to slow down my […]

A Prism and the God-Light

During the quiet of summer, when the sun shines brightly on everything I look at, I keep wanting to find words to express the gratefulness I feel for the people and nature around me. The words of Rabbi Rami Shapiro, which I recently became familiar with [Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent: Sacred Teachings—Annotated & […]

Call to Holiness

Our daily breaking news reports often invite despondency! And I? After too many minutes of angry responses, I turn to Pope Francis for his ability to see the bigger picture and to suggest ways to get back into balance: “We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread […]

Monastery Archives Featured in U.S. Catholic

A photo of Sister Celsa Helder, supplied by Saint Benedict’s Monastery Archives, was featured in an article in U.S. Catholic. The article, titled “Grace at Work,” tells the story of how communities of men and women religious are using their archive departments to tell their community’s stories and make sure their legacy is lasting.

Overcoming Obstacles

Pope Francis can’t be beat! Recently, he traveled to Krakow, Poland, to participate in the World Youth Gathering, with upwards of 1 million people. It was a Sunday when he addressed the gathering and the Gospel was that of Zaccheus (Lk 19: 1-10). We remember, of course, this Roman tax collector of ill repute who […]

It Was A Miracle

Earlier this spring, I was driving to a meeting in St. Cloud. It is our custom at the monastery to pray for safe travel whenever we get into a car, so my travel companion said a spontaneous prayer to give us a safe journey, adding “May the angels protect us.” As I turned onto a […]