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.
Week of January 19, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Christine Ereiser, OSB, St Joseph Monastery, Tulsa, OK
Ah, Ordinary Time.
The word ‘ordinary’ in this context can be misleading. I sometimes find myself thinking of Ordinary Time as “Plain Old Time.” Nothing special happening, nothing much going on. A time of rest and lolling about between the major liturgical seasons of the year.
However, this is not the intent or meaning of Ordinary Time. From the Latin ordinalis, meaning numbered, as in the Sundays and weeks of this season. This brings to mind Psalm 90, “Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.” (NABRE)
“The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time…take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ. Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ.”