Federation of St. Scholastica 1922 - 2022: The same call and gift of the Spirit that came to Benedict of Nursia early in the 6th century came to the women who formed the Federation of Saint Scholastica early in the 19th century. This same call and gift of the Spirit comes to us today, inspiring and animating us to respond to the gospel with the good zeal of Benedict, with listening hearts, with clarity of spiritual vision, and with hearts impelled by love. In the years leading up to our centennial celebration in 2022, we intend to publicly celebrate the vision and dedication of Benedictine women over the past 100 years while at the same time supporting current works as well as new and wider efforts to bring the peace of Christ and the justice of the gospel to today’s turbulent world.
December 9-15, 2018
Kathy McNany, OSB, Emmanuel Monastery, Baltimore
God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth…
to a virgin named Mary.
She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph
of the house of David.
“Greetings, favored woman, the Lord is with you.”
Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think
what the angel could mean.
“Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
You will conceive and give birth to a son,
and you will name him Jesus.
Reflection: Mary…the unwed pregnant teenager….
Mary was a young girl…perhaps only 13-14 years old. Assuming the role of motherhood is one thing. Being part of the fulfillment of a prophecy for the long awaited Messiah was quite another thing. She was not yet married. Then, as now, in some parts of the Middle East, a young woman could be stoned to death if she was found to be pregnant before her marriage. Her “yes” was no simple assent. It came with much fear, dread and danger.
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