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Marcia Ziska, OSB

Sister Marcia Ziska has been a member of the Benedictine Sisters at Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS, for 47 years. A retired certified hospital chaplain, she has served in pastoral care, formation work and was associate director of the Sophia Center, the community’s retreat center. Sister Marcia coordinated the Rome Renewal Program for English-speaking Benedictine women world-wide from 2003-2010. She served on the National Religious Vocation Conference Board the American Benedictine Formation Conference Leadership Team. She currently is vocation director, does spiritual direction, and is a staff member for the spiritual direction training program, Souljourners. 

Sister Marcia's reflections begin September 6 and continue through the end of Ordinary Time, the week of November 22, 2020.


Week of September 27

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Marcia Ziska, OSB, Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS

Phil. 2:1-11

How can I have the same attitude that is in Christ Jesus? Since my monastic entrance anniversary was earlier this month, I thought of what my response was then. I was full of zeal, enthusiasm and a bit idealistic. So I was up for embracing wholeheartedly the challenge to be like Christ Jesus. However, my interior self would have been thinking, “impossible, no way!" or, “I will fake it until I make it!”

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Week of September 20

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Marcia Ziska, OSB, Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS

Psalm 145: 2-3, 8-9, 17-18

“The Lord is near to all who call upon him.”

This psalm, prayed weekly, brings me security and solace. It is a poem of praise in which David commits to both praising God and being grateful daily for God’s blessings. I would like to think that I, too, am daily mindful of how God’s grace is at work in my life. Somedays I do better than others. I am extremely grateful for the many blessings God has showered on me over the years.

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Week of September 13

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Marcia Ziska, OSB, Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS

Sirach 27:30-28:7, Ps 103, Rom 14:7-9, Mt 18:21-35

Forgiveness is the theme for this weekend’s scripture readings.  The psalm refrain: “The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, rich in compassion” brings comfort and reassurance to any situation.

I recall an incident in the novitiate where I was speaking unkindly about a fellow novice (my friend) when she walked into the room. I quickly realized she overheard what I had said. I felt horrible and embarrassed. While she forgave me rather quickly, I had difficulty forgiving myself.

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Week of September 6

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Marcia Ziska, OSB, Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS

Ez 33:7-9; Ps. 95; Rom 13:8-10; Mt 18:15-20

On this Labor Day weekend, our scripture readings invite me to listen, to listen intently. This word underscores the foundation of my Benedictine life. I listen 

  • for the bell to ring,
  • to the holy Rule being read,
  • as I chant the psalmody,
  • when the word of God is proclaimed.  

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