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 20th 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.
Week of December 1-7
Christine Ereiser, OSB, St Joseph Monastery, Tulsa, OK
The chapel is dim; gradually the light from one small flame spreads through the prayer space, among those gathered and into hearts of anticipation, awaiting the coming of the longed-for One.
The words that are sung reflect the yearning in the hearts of those who sing:
Wait for the coming Savior! Wait through the heart’s slow race.
Wait for the kingdom’s dawning. Wait till we see God’s face! (unknown source)
As the days of extended darkness envelop us in this part of the world, Advent candles are lighted to mark the passing weeks of the season. The light pierces the darkness of the early evening and reminds me of Emmanuel who is coming to bring everlasting light to all throughout our world.