February 21, 2015
Lent is a time to be aware of the need of others, to give alms and use our resources of talents, time and treasure to serve those in need. It is a time to walk in the “shoes of the other”. Lent is our time to carry the suffering of the world. It is up to us to feed the hungry, to care for children on the streets, it is a time to pray for our government leadership and those of the world; we pray that all hearts may be softened so ALL people can live in dignity and peace.
Joan Chittister says, “Lent does not permit us luxury..Lent ends in the shadow of an empty cross and in the sunrise of an empty tomb. There are great things to be done by us and each of them takes great effort, requires great struggle, we will face great resistance. But the way to the empty tomb goes through the mount of the cross”.. and ends in resurrection. May we take each day as a gift from God with gratitude, patience, compassion, hope, commitment and truth.
January 9, 2015
The readings for the past two weeks have been rich for reflection. On Sunday we celebrated Epiphany; the journey of the Magi from the East seeking Jesus, our newborn God. Ancient tradition believed that when anyone was born, a new star was created. So, with the birth of Jesus, we have a new star. These eastern astrologers recognized the specialness of this new star and thus sought out its destiny. They came bearing gifts for this special newborn. They were seekers of truth bringing presents, but it was Truth, the Present (Word made flesh) that sought them out.
The Truth seeks us also. We are used to making things happen in our culture. Many of us make resolutions at the beginning of a new year. We may resolve to lose weight, exercise more, pray intentionally every day, or attend Sunday Mass or other services more often. Unfortunately, by March we may experience failure. Even though our resolutions are made with good resolutions, perhaps we should focus less on the list of accomplishments and more on the One God who seeks us out with passion and gentle wooing. When we do this we are more open to experience being loved. The antidote to “doing” is to remember that our very “beings” are loved. How can we take this Love out into the world, which is so desperately in need of love, conversion, and forgiveness?
December 16, 2014
In a world of daily bad news and hatred, I find consolation in an innocent child who reminds me what is important in life. Innocence has a way of softening our hearts and reminding us of our vulnerability, like the smell of a new baby’s skin. Yet, we seem to live in the reality of the harshness of life. Our God calls us to a different existence.
How can we become innocent and vulnerable in this harsh life? Is there any room for this kind of reality? I am able to enter into this humble stance through my own suffering or the suffering of another. When I become the beggar, the broken, or the hungry, then my soul is more open to the possibilities. When I am desperate for consolation and my heart experiences the tender touch of gratitude; then I rediscover my humanity and vulnerability.
May this Christmas season find us open to our deepest vulnerabilities, longings, and moments of gratitude so we can celebrate the innocence of Christ and those around us.
October 28, 2014
The harvest is upon us. Here in Colorado we have had a glorious fall. The golden aspen mixed with the red scrub oak and red-orange dog bain of the forest. The earth has that rich smell of decaying vegetation and the air has the clean brisk touch of change. Here at the monastery we are mulching all our spring and summer plants in preparation for the winter months. With each passing fall I realize that I am a year older and hopefully a year wiser.
Joan Chittister says, “The skill of life..lies in harvesting well and harvesting always, in taking the best of life has to give at any stage, in being patient with ourselves along our way.” Each period of our lives has something to teach us. Joan Chittister goes on to say: “The harvest of youth is achievement; the harvest of middle age is perspective; the harvest of age is wisdom; the harvest of life is serenity.” Wherever you find yourself in the journey of life with each passing season, may you find your life becoming richer and richer with gratitude for all that you know and all that the Spirit of Jesus has given you. As Elizabeth Barrett Browning says:
Earth is crammed with heaven
And every common bush afire with God
But only he who sees takes of his shoes
The rest sit round plucking blackberries.
April 21, 2014
The chapel and oratory have been prepared with splashes of color, flowers and ribbons. You can hear the babbling of the water fountain as a reminder of our baptismal promises-living waters. There is an excitement in the air, an anticipation of celebration. The Lenten fast is over and the joy of spring is upon us!
We experienced of the Vigil of Easter last night with the readings of our salvation history. They tell our ancestral stories of liberation from slavery and the promise of a new land and new life. These Scriptures are filled with stories of hope, freedom, and deliverance. Today, we hear the words of collect, “O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity…” Alleluia!
Yet, this passage that speaks about resurrection, going from death to life, teaches the disciples about walking their journey in a new way. They will continue to take risks and experience sacrifice, but this time they walk with the awareness of the Christ present with them, Christ who conquered death. They live with the healing teachings of Jesus who can reassure them that they are not alone. They live with the awareness that God is enfleshed and the Spirit of God lives with them. We are so blessed to have this faith and the special relationship we have with our God and Divine lover in Christ. We are so blessed!!
A blessed Easter to you!
Clare Carr, OSB
March 28, 2014
Welcome to our new website. We are excited and pleased that you have found us! We are a small community of thirty-two sisters with a very gifted staff.
The spirit of St. Benedict fills our lives and the many programs we offer. We invite you to join one of our many classes, workshops and programs, or visit us for a retreat. We hope to help satisfy your thirst for a deeper glimpse of God. You may find ways to become a part of our community and you may discover old friends through our alumni or meet new ones.
Know that as Benedictines, we pray four times a day for you with the Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist. Every Sunday we celebrate Eucharist with a growing body of men, women and children. They come to us for a “sacred space” for worship, community and for spiritual nourishment. We are a spiritual home for many who long for reverent inclusion and warm hospitality. Please know that All Are Welcome!