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.
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Karen Brink, OSB, St Benedict Monastery, Pittsburgh, PA
I'm an early riser so it is always dark when I wake up. For me, the early part of the day is my best time for quiet, lectio, and my attempt to pray. I always have a small candle lit whether my lamp is on or off. Sometime, if the candle is almost ready to give up its flame because of use, when I turn off the light, it is almost totally dark, sometimes just a flicker, and sometime the flame does indeed light up a nice section of my "prayer space." The whole idea of the "rods and cones" comes to me occasionally as I remember my sophomore biology days and how our eyes adjust to light and darkness.
The use of my candle(s) has come to me as meaningful for the readings of the fourth Sunday of Lent. Yes, we're at the midpoint of the Lenten season ... and that makes me happy .. .l said in an earlier reflection that Lent is not my favorite liturgical season ... with apologies to St. Benedict!