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.
Emmanuel Monastery, BaltimoreJanuary 20-26, 2019
Kathy McNany, OSB,
Do not be daunted immediately by fear
and run away from the road that leads to salvation.
It is bound to be narrow at the outset.
But as we progress in this way of life and in faith,
we shall run on the path of God’s commandments,
our hearts overflowing with
the inexpressible delight of love.
—Rule of Benedict Prologue 48-49
Reflection: Footprints in the Snow
My eighth grade teacher (who ended up being my novice director when I entered the monastery!) wrote a saying in my autograph book that I have never forgotten:
Your life lies before you
like a path of new fallen snow.
Take care how you tread it,
as every step will show.
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