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.
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
As election day draws near, today’s familiar gospel presents both a challenge and an invitation. We all know this gospel as the core of Jesus’ teaching---“the first and greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind AND the second is like the first, to love your neighbor as yourself.” The love referred to by Jesus is not a warm, fuzzy, feeling type of love. This kind of love is self-sacrificing.
The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary states that this love is “unmotivated, unmanipulated, unconditional, and unlimited.” These four words describing love sound nearly insurmountable to me in my humanity. How, in this pre-election climate, am I to respond?