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.
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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