By Sister Anne Madeleine Brost, OSB
From Winter Review 2018
One of the most enjoyable times in my week is Thursdays from 12 noon to 1 pm when I minister with Healing Hands at the Cancer Pavilion at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. It is an honor to place my arm on someone’s shoulder and assure them that they are in the arms of the Divine, who loves them unconditionally, always. “I encourage those who come and experience Healing Hands to be gentle with their body, and thank their cells for working so faithfully. I suggest to those who have cancer that, rather than fight the disease, they respect the cancer cells and ask them to leave their bodies or be transformed into healthy cells.” This hour brings me peace and energy for my days.
LEFT: The Peace Pole located at the Whitewater Community was created by Shellie Miles, a Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program graduate of 2017.
The community of Whitewater, a mission of Benet Hill Monastery began in 1971 when three Visitation nuns came to Colorado to establish a new monastery of the Visitation Order. The women desired to live the poverty and simplicity of original monasticism and to have their community accessible to others. They found a hundred acre site in a desert mountain valley on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, twenty-three miles from Grand Junction, Colorado. In 1978 the sisters became independent of the Visitation Order and were established as a community in the diocese of Pueblo, Colorado. In February 2012, the Whitewater Community officially joined Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs, Colorado..
The Whitewater Community takes it name from the town nearby. However, the water of Kannah Creek which flows through the property has become a symbol of the goal of the Community – a constant and creative life.
Anne Madeleine Brost, OSB (left)
Mary Glenn, OSB (right)