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.
December 16-22, 2018
Kathy McNany, OSB, Emmanuel Monastery, Baltimore
Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together,
while she was still a virgin, she become pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Joseph was a good man, and did not want to disgrace her publicly,
so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
As he considered this the angel of the Lord came to him in a dream.
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.
For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.”
—Matthew 1: 18-20
Reflection: The Power of the Dream
A man discovers the woman he loves is pregnant…a man in a culture that gives him the right not only to dissolve their bonds of betrothal through divorce, but who also has the right to call for her to be stoned in order to save his honor as a man! The story from this perspective is quite different. This could be a story of patriarchal justice and manly pride. But it isn’t….
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