Entries by Amanda Hackett

Holy Humdrum

You might have gathered from some of my previous blogs that I regarded entering the monastery as a Big Thing and that it can be challenging for me when the […]


“I wish I weren’t so shy. I don’t know what to say in conversations.” “Why did I speak so harshly to my sister? I sounded like a know-it-all. She pulled […]

Plowing the Field

On the first evening of my retreat in September, I watched as a farmer was plowing the field in front of the hermitage where I was staying for the week. […]

Benedict’s Wisdom

Due to really difficult issues for me this past year, besides the COVID pandemic, I asked for a two-week vacation time with my family in September. I have never in […]

Not All is Lost

St. Anthony strengthens my belief in God. St. Anthony answers every request I’ve ever pleaded. God is not so quick to answer. Anthony’s answers, each one of them, has made […]

An Offering of Stability

Making my way into the kitchen brought silence. It’s easy to enjoy the stillness within the confines of stability, predictability—an offering it is. Too quiet, I thought as it wasn’t […]

Sandra (Marie) Fleischhacker, OSB

Sister Sandra (Marie) Fleischhacker, OSB Saint Benedict’s Monastery St. Joseph, Minn. December 28, 1923 – September 12, 2022 The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on […]

At Home

“Where we love is home—home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.) Earlier this year, I paid a visit to England, where I was […]