Entries by Amanda Hackett

Sister Stephana Choong Featured in The Catholic Spirit

Sister Stephana Choong was featured in an article by The Catholic Spirit, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. In this article, S. Stephana reflects on the path that led her to pursue a religious vocation, as well as serving in various roles such as scientist, teacher and mentor.

I Wonder…

What would it be like to really love the world? An indigenous storyteller might say… “To love the world would be to create…or better…to find ceremony in the return of salmon to Oregon in the wild strawberries in a father’s favorite dessert in permission sought before destroying the ecosphere in the green beans crawling up […]

Sister Bridgette Powers Renews Monastic Profession

On July 11, the Feast of St. Benedict, Sister Bridgette Powers renewed her monastic profession for a further year. She made first monastic profession on July 11, 2017, and at Saint Benedict’s Monastery, it is customary for sisters to make first profession for a period of three years and renew their promises for at least […]

Gratitude Week 2020

Since we are not able to gather in person this year for Gratitude Day, we hope you will join us in celebrating Gratitude Week, which will take place virtually August 3–9. Throughout the week, we will be sharing our gratitude with you through our website, social media platforms and email, so be sure to follow […]

If It’s Not About Love

If it is not about love, it’s not about God. Lately I’ve come upon something in reading the Bible that has revolutionized my way of doing that deep reading we call lectio divina. It is so very simple that I am astounded I did not do it before. Primarily in the Gospels, when I sit […]

Faith is Alive

I attended a youth rally earlier this year with some friends. The experience was powerful, to say the least. The songs that were part of the rally were new to me, so I appreciated the projected words on the screen in front of me as I joined in the singing. The youth, along with the […]

Summer Wasn’t Canceled

“Summer is canceled,” the headline said. The article mentioned festivals and events, large and small, that would be called off for at least a year because of COVID-19. The tone of the article was gloomy, evoking disappointment, fear of boredom and a feeling of deprivation. Canceled? Really? Summer in my yard began with rhubarb, followed […]

In Memory of George Floyd

IN MEMORY OF GEORGE FLOYD (1973–2020) The black, the brown the poor, especially the poor unheard persons of the past centuries from the hot cotton fields to northern bigotry are crying to be heard, crying to breathe, they say, to be heard and understood what it is like to be afraid ALL the time. Tired […]


“Yes, there you are!” From the time I was 14 until I left Saint Benedict’s, I would rush out behind Town School to find a lone hollyhock growing through the gravel and tar each summer. Amazing! Never a boring miracle, this flower was almost my height. A different color sang out each summer as the […]

Day Lilies and Peonies

When I spotted day lilies blooming today, I knew I was going to have a feast for my eyes. When day lilies start opening, peonies may be showing their gorgeous pink frills already or will be very soon. Oh, what delight! Isn’t it just masterful that flowers have such magical timing—so much so that each […]