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.
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Glenna Smith, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Virgina, Bristow, VA
Do you really know Jesus? Has Jesus revealed God to you? Do you know about the promises of Christ? There are gifts, amazing, extravagant, joyful, glorious, salvific, and enduring, gifts beyond anything we can ask or imagine – and they come to the demands of Love.
I had a friend, now with God, who was a devout Southern Baptist, and she asked me as we sat in a restaurant one day in the very early 1980’s, near the Orlando International Airport, if I was saved. I replied that I was saved, and she said, “How do you know?” My response was quick and certain: I knew I was saved because I believed in the promises of Christ. That response was a true statement. I am coming to see, however, that the promises of Christ carry with them implications about which I knew very little forty years ago – and don’t really comprehend all these years later.