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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

February 17-23, 2019
Kathy McNany, OSB, Emmanuel Monastery, Baltimore

Jesus said to them,
“You must come away to a lonely place all by yourselves
and rest for a while.

—Mark 6: 31

I am going to lure her and lead her out into the wilderness
and speak to her heart.

—Hosea 2: 14

A life without a lonely place,
that is a life without a quiet center,
easily becomes destructive.

—Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude

Reflection: It’s All About the Heart (Part III)
February is the shortest month of the year. Perhaps that is so because winter days can weary our hearts, darken our spirits, and touch us with loneliness and longing, and it is tedious to remain in that state. Yet, loneliness, solitude and longing are often the gifts of this time of year. We are tempted to push them away; while at the same time longing for the grace of solitude, because the busy-ness never stops! The loneliness we run from is the very birthplace of the listening heart… “listen, my child with the ear of your heart….” —Rule of Benedict Prologue
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Podcast Series

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.

Mary Beth Frampton, Oblate

Mary Beth Frampton, Oblate

Mary Beth Frampton is a long-time oblate of St. Jospeh Monastery in Tulsa, OK. She is the monastery librarian and has a deep love for monasticism that has grown through her relationships with Benedictines in several states and the Rule of Benedict. Sister Catherine Martinez talks with her about her life, her loves and her hope for the future.

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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