Entries by SaintBenedictMonastery

Preparing for Lent

Repent and believe the good news! These words from the Ash Wednesday liturgy remind us of our call to live in such a way that we do proclaim the good news. The readings for this Sunday are a good preparation for the days of Lent, which begin on Wednesday. The stories of the lepers can […]

The Power of the Eucharist

“Amen,” I say when I receive the body and blood of Christ at Eucharist. The “amen” of my response is a simple word. Yet, at the same time, “amen” is a word that confirms for me that the bread and wine I am receiving is Christ. In receiving Christ through the bread and wine during a Eucharist celebration, no […]

Life in a Wheelchair

“Blue Wheelchairs”Provided by Pexels.com I fell and injured my back. I can see, hear and talk and my mind is as sharp as a whistle. Ninety. Wheelchairs. Bring on changes. They minimize visits. “Can anyone who can’t walk, talk?” Seems not. Shopping.  With companion.  Person I knew came by.  Greeted only my companion. Ah well!  […]

A Day at Shodair: Part 2

Sister Trish Dick works as a spiritual counselor at Shodair Hospital in Helena, Mont. The hospital serves children who have undergone extreme trauma. Our patients, if they are not on the acute unit, attend school, starting around 9:15 a.m. My mornings are usually given to staff leadership meetings, one-on-one spiritual direction with clinicians and staff. […]

Magdalen (Magdala) Schwab, OSB

Magdalen (Magdala) Schwab, OSB Saint Benedict’s Monastery St Joseph, Minn. March 26, 1924 – January 23, 2018 The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Magdalen Schwab, who died, age 93, on January 23, 2018, […]

Shirley Frandrup, OSB

Shirley Frandrup, OSB Saint Benedict’s Monastery St. Joseph, Minn. October 31, 1930 – January 18, 2018 The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn., for Sister Shirley Frandrup who died, age 87, on January 18, 2018, […]

Heart-Healthy Hugs

I got to wondering about the etymology of the term “hug.” I found out the origins of the word are not known, but there are two theories about its origin. One used in the 1560s relates it to the Old Norse word “hugga,” which meant to comfort. The other related it to the German word “hegen,” which […]

The Search for Peace

The monastery’s “Peace Pole” I can’t stop reading what Pope Francis, via Fr. Rosica, sends out to me almost daily! He speaks and writes a dangerous message to those of us who desire to be followers of Jesus Christ, and yet, his message is full of direction on HOW to fulfill not only God’s desire, but […]

A Different Kind of New Year Resolution

Happy New Year. Many people like to make New Year’s resolutions that may focus on physical health, such as a healthier diet or renewing an exercise program. In the past, my own resolutions have had this concentration. Recently I asked myself, “Have you ever considered a spiritual resolution?” “One that will encourage you to deepen […]