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Ana Cloughly, OSB

Sister Ana Cloughly is the Director of the Contemplative Vision Ministry at Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs, CO. She facilitates courses in contemplative prayer  practices and Christian mysticism, leads group retreats and is a Spiritual Director. She is a member of the planning committee for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Federation of St. Scholastica.

Sister Ana's reflections begin May 30 and continue through August.


Sunday, June 20

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
June 20, 2021
Ana Cloughly, OSB, Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery, Colorado Springs, CO

Do You Not Care That We Are Perishing?
When I close my eyes and try to imagine Jesus sleeping on a cushion in the stern of a boat, I picture a boat like the ones in the new series The Chosen. (I’m not in any way associated with the show except to say I enjoy watching it.) The boat is large enough to hold several people and the fish they catch. I can easily imagine the boat taking on water and the men trying to empty it, fighting a losing battle. What is hard for me to imagine is that Jesus sleeping through the storm. He must have been very tired. As they wake Jesus, his disciples ask him “Do you not care that we are perishing?” 

“Teacher, do you not care…?” It seems like a strange thing for them to ask. I would be much more inclined to wake him by shouting, “Hey, get up and help us! Pick up a bucket and bail!!!”

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Sunday, June 13

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time
June 13, 2021
Ana Cloughly, OSB, Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery, Colorado Springs, CO

The Kingdom of God is Hidden
We celebrated the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ last week. Such a beautiful feast, reminding us that God in Christ is both incarnate and divine which, as we become aware, extends to God’s presence in all of creation. God is in all from atoms to altar.

In this week’s gospel, Jesus is teaching the people through parables. The images he uses are earthy. Most of the time homilists choose to talk about the image of a mustard seed. I’d like to focus on the first parable where Jesus says:

“This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.

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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
Sunday, June 6
Ana Cloughly, OSB, Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery, Colorado Springs, CO

The years 2020 and 21 have focused worldwide attention on the fragility of both humankind and the planet. The world has changed. I have changed as well. I have found myself reflecting on my faith in an all-loving God and on my respect for the power of nature. The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood encapsulates my thoughts over the this very trying time in our history because it brings into focus the true nature of Jesus the Christ.

The Gospel of Mark, notable for its brevity, tells only of Jesus’ words and actions. Words and actions that have been repeated in the communal prayer of the Mass for 2,000. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s billion plus Catholic people have had to forego this prayer and communion for nearly 18 months. And the fast continues. 

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Solemnly of the Most Holy Trinity

Trinity Sunday
May 30, 2021
Ana Cloughly, OSB, Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery, Colorado Springs, CO

The Heart of the Matter
Doctrinal development is one of my favorite ways of studying Church history. I read the efforts of Church Fathers and Mothers as they try with a sincere desire to grasp the mystery of the Triune God through reason. In these often-roving confessions and dissertations of our wise predecessors, I find interesting ideas but little real time knowledge to which I can relate.

The Scriptures are my greater love. In them, God is known in fire, cloud, the radiance of Moses’ face and in a small whisper (Elijah at Horeb). In the gospels, God is made flesh in Jesus and dwells among us, sharing with us the love of the Father though is very being. Jesus preaches, teaches, heals, and parties (wedding feast at Cana), cries and dies, is raised from the dead and as we read last week, pours out the Holy Spirit on the believers. Most significant for today is that the risen Christ sends the eleven to baptize in the name of the Most Holy Trinity.

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