know how the music would go that
day, and it went beautifully. And it
wasn’t because i’d given myself to
the task, or because i’d prayed with
intense purity. it was because Brother
Joseph had been generous.
Let the reader understand: 33
ecuadorian nuns and an old man of
Mepkin taught me that finding a God
i cannot see involves trusting the
visible, all-too-human community.
God has made the psalms he wants
me to pray come out of the brothers’
mouths. He’s trying to teach me to
Life at Mepkin can be a heavy
enterprise, but i recognize God’s
presence there, too. He holds me
down, Christ cleans my wounds.
The prophet isaiah says: “so it will
be when the Lord begins to heal his
people and cure the wounds he gave
them.” Amen, let it be! The brothers
will be my prayer. =
Mother Scholastica Kerst OSB,
foundress of St. Scholastica
Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota,
took horse-and-buggy more than a
century ago to search for a large tract of
land on which to build a monastery.
has become a monastic community of Benedictine women whose
lives are centered around the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours.
Our Monastery is located on a wooded hill overlooking Lake Superior.
We share our beautiful 186-acre campus with a health care complex and
The College of St. Scholastica.
Through prayer and through our ministries in education, health care, pastoral
work, outreach to the poor, spiritual renewal, and the arts, we are committed to
helping create a more just and compassionate world.
For information about becoming a member of our monastic Community, for a copy of our film, Sing a New Song, to arrange a visit (travel scholarships are available), or for information about our volunteer residential Benedictine Associate Program, contact: Sister Mary Catherine Shambour OSB, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 723-6646.
Following the dream of the first Benedictine Sisters of Duluth,
we welcome the challenges and opportunities of the future.
We invite women to join us as our dream continues!
Visit us at: www.duluthbenedictines.org
This is the great value of silence. It
is the pathway to all
we truly want.
—FATHER M. BASIL
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