Welcome to our Sacred Stones, Sacred Stories blog site. Through it we hope to post updates on our monastery renovation project so you can follow its progress from beginning to end.
Sun 19 May, 2013
“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.”
At Easter we profess faith in God the Father, in Jesus Christ His son and in the Holy Spirit. We boldly acclaim our belief in the three persons of the Trinity. When we pray the Nicene Creed during Sunday Eucharist we remind ourselves and recommit to this faith.
Pentecost gives us the opportunity to focus on the Holy Spirit and his work. He is the giver of life. He is the Paraclete, the Advocate sent by Jesus. Pentecost ends the Easter season and ushers in ordinary time in a powerful way. With the coming of the Holy Spirit Christ’s victory now flows to and fills his mystical body, the Church of whom we are living stones. It is this faith which brings peace and hope to our hearts in this imperfect world.
The seven gifts the Holy Spirit showered upon us during this feast are wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord. Each gift perfects our natural virtues. Each gift helps us live more fully our call to be a child of God in word and action.
Let us join Christians the world over in praying for the coming of the Spirit,
“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your Love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created; and Thou shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who instructs the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Alleluia”
Thu 16 May, 2013
Caution around water, especially ponds in rural areas is a good rule of thumb. Therefore, when the deck of our pier was rotten and unsafe, we gave our workmen the task to replace it while the temperatures are not too terribly warm. Of course, our dog, Maggie, and her neighborhood friend, have no use for piers or caution. They don’t mind dipping into the dirty water and cooling off. They may think differently IF they come up against the resident snapping turtles.
Tue 14 May, 2013
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Clyde, Pine Trees, Recycle, Sister Pat, Sister Ruth, Sister Sean
New storage lockers located near a back entrance to the motherhouse of the Sisters’ monastery in Clyde, Mo., were brilliantly crafted by members of the maintenance staff, including Larry Jensen, Jared McQueen and Jeremy McQueen.
After coworker Don Combe renovated the space, the trio built the new lockers for Sisters to store coats, hats, gloves and other weather-related items.
In addition to their daily use, the lockers represent a part of Benedictine history. They were built from Austrian pines, once part of a large stand of trees planted under the direction of community chaplain Father Lukas Etlin, OSB in the early 1900s.
“Some of the trees gradually died from too much moisture after the floods in 1993,” Sister Sean Douglas, OSB said. “The excess moisture led to a fungus, and over the ensuing years, they all died.”
All was not lost, as the Sisters saved the wood, cut the logs in their saw mill, stored the lumber and use it for various projects around the monastery.
“As Benedictines, even in loss, we find beauty and a new purpose,” Clyde Prioress Sister Pat Nyquist, OSB said.
Sun 12 May, 2013
God bless you, Mom for bringing me into this world full of God’s love and beauty.
God bless you, Mom for helping me build character, responsibility and a sense of wonder.
God bless you, Mom for lending me an ear, a word of encouragement, and a comforting hug.
God bless you, Mom for guiding my first steps, my first attempts at something new, my search for the meaning of my life.
God bless you, Mom for pouring yourself out so that I could fill myself up with life.
God bless you, Mom for being you and allowing me to be me.
Thank you, God, for giving my mom to me. For all moms on this day and everyday – we give thanks.
Sat 11 May, 2013
Tags: Ascension, Benedictine Sisters, Pope Francis
Words of wisdom from Pope Francis:
“We have One who always defends us, who defends us from the snares of the devil, who defends us from ourselves and from our sins!
Dear brothers and sisters, we have this Advocate; let us not be afraid to turn to him to ask forgiveness, to ask for a blessing, to ask for mercy! He always pardons us, he is our Advocate: He always defends us!…The Ascension does not point to Jesus’s absence, but tells us that he is alive in our midst in a new way. He is no longer in a specific place in the world…He is now…present in every space and time, close to each one of us. In our life we are never alone: We have this Advocate who awaits us, who defends us.
We are never alone: The Crucified and Risen Lord guides us. We have with us a multitude of brothers and sisters who, in silence and concealment, in their family life and at work, in their problems and hardships, in their joys and hopes, live faith daily and together with us to bring the world the lordship of God’s love, in the Risen Jesus Christ, ascended into Heaven, our own Advocate who pleads for us.”
Blessings to all on this great feast of Jesus’s triumph over death for all eternity.
Wed 8 May, 2013
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, General Assembly, Rule of Benedict
St. Benedict makes it clear in his Holy Rule that all the community should be assembled and lend their voices to the decision making process.
This is our responsibility. We are not looked upon as members who have no sense, thoughts or words of wisdom. We who live in a monastery have the important task of helping govern the community, from the oldest member to the youngest, from the highest ranked to the lowliest sister.
For two weeks our congregation gathered for our annual General Assembly to fulfill our responsibility. We came together to pray, listen, break bread and share our thoughts and feelings around several topics. A facilitator helped us focus our collective work.
Our work is done for now. It is time to return to our daily life of monastic women, continuing the conversation with God and one another, seeking the Spirit’s guidance and always, always, turning to God out of love.
Thu 2 May, 2013
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Clyde, Frank White
Frank White, All-Star major leaguer and an eight-time Gold Glove winner with the Kansas City Royals, visited the Benedictine Sisters’ Clyde, Mo., monastery in April.
White, who does sales work for the roofing company that recently completed repairs to the Clyde monastery, spent his time visiting with Sisters and signing autographs.
White signs a photocard for Sister Sarah (standing)
Sun 28 Apr, 2013
Tags: BSPA, Dawn, Jubilee, Matthias, Paula, Ramona
Surrounded by the congregation and friends, Sisters Dawn Vercellino, Paula Thompson, Matthias Igoe and Ramona Varela celebrated their diamond and golden jubilees. Srs. Dawn, Matthias and Paula have devoted 60 years to religious life since their First Monastic Profession; Sr. Ramona has devoted 50.
These women have taken on a variety of tasks during their years of loving service within the congregation, from musician to nursing the infirm to directors of our formation women, from helping write our constitution to shouldering leadership responsibilities when called to fill these demanding roles. These monastic women are sure signs of God’s love and fidelity to those who seek Him above all else.
We rejoice with you and thank God for you, our dear sisters. May He continue to bless you and fulfill in you his divine will. Truly, this is a day of jubilee!
Wed 24 Apr, 2013
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Our Lady of Rickenbach, Sister Margaret Mary, Sister Ramona, Tucson
Our Tucson, Arizona, community hosted a farewell party for our Sister Margaret Mary yesterday before she left to join our Sisters at Our Lady of Rickenbach in Clyde, Mo.
The Tucson Sisters will miss her, but we know our Clyde community will enjoy her beautiful and radiant spirit now.
P.S. Sister Margaret Mary just celebrated her 90th birthday this month. Doesn’t she look terrific?