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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.

Weekly Reflections

March 24-30
Kathy McNany, OSB, Emmanuel Monastery, Baltimore

Fast from Violence, Feast on Hospitality
Tending Relationships

Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else. You are not to act in anger or nurse a grudge. Rid your heart of all deceit. Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love. Speak the truth with heart and tongue. Do not repay one bad turn with another. Do not injure anyone, but bear injuries patiently. Love your enemies. If people curse you, do not curse them back but bless them instead. Endure persecution for the sake of justice. Place your hope in God alone.
—Rule of Benedict 4: 20-31, 41 The Tools for Good Works 

“Stop the wars within yourself. Whatever happens to the heart is the beginning of a revolution.”
— Joan Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily

Luke 15: 11-33 The Story of the Prodigal Son

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Podcast Series

John Lally, Friend of the Community

John Lally, Friend of the Community

John Lally, CPA, of Lally & Co., LLC, talks about his 25-year association with the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh, PA. John first worked with the sisters in the early 90s on a major renovation project and has been connected with them ever since. He discusses how his life and faith have been positively impacted by his long relationship with the sisters.

Belinda Monahan, OSB

Belinda Monahan, OSB

Sister Belinda Monahan is a Benedictine Sister of Chicago, IL. She was finally professed in 2014 and currently serves as the community's vocation minister. In this podcast she talks about her experience of community, the gifts of monastic life for the world and how she envisions monasticism of the future as less institutionalized and in search of new ways to bring others into community.

Centennial Prayer

Gracious God,
The same call and gift of the Spirit
that came to Benedict of Nursia in the 5th century,
to Benedicta Riepp in the 19th century,
and to the women who envisioned and formed
the Federation of Saint Scholastica
in the early 20th century, comes to us today.

This same call and gift inspires and animates
Benedictine women, Benedictine oblates, and countless others
to listen with the ear of their hearts and to respond to
the gospel call with the good zeal of St. Benedict.

May the Centennial celebration of
the Federation of Saint Scholastica
strengthen us in our zeal.

May our capacity to listen to Your voice deepen,
especially as it is heard in the pilgrim and the stranger.

May our celebration inspire and
animate others as we share the story
of your Spirit at work in the world
through the Benedictine way of life.

Through Christ our Lord, present in our midst.
Amen

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