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Today's Message

CHARISM: We, the Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery, journeying together, are called to seek God in the daily celebration of life. Recognizing our giftedness, we listen and respond through creative prayer and life-giving service.

Prioress Message

Holy Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has declared the upcoming Jubilee a Holy Year of Mercy beginning on December 8, 2015. Whereas some of us may see mercy as a weakness, Pope Francis describes it as a strength or a “force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope.” Suffering in our world abounds. The abortion of millions of innocent children, the plight of thousands of immigrants seeking safety and refuge, the impact and horror on millions of women and children subjected to human trafficking and slavery, the neglect of our mother earth and exploitation of our world’s resources, and lastly, the numbing indifference many of us encounter as a first world power. So many of us feel powerless to make a difference and yet, I am reminded of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani woman who risked her life for the education of women. Malala’s prophetic words are “so here I stand — one girl among many. I raise up my voice not to shout, but that those without a voice can be heard. Even if there is a gun in my hand and my attacker stands in front of me, I will not shoot him. This is the legacy of change I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of non-violence that I have learned from Gandhi Jee, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. This is what my soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone.”
(Excerpts from her United Nations speech on her 16th birthday,)
Together, let us be that legacy of change.

Clare Carr, OSB, Prioress

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