Giving from our Poverty

Chapter Talks

The gospel of this Sunday offers a paradox:  giving from one’s poverty is praised over giving from one’s abundance.  Let us apply this to ourselves.  What does it mean for each of us to give from our poverty?  And what is that ‘poverty’ within each of our lives?

November 07, 2021 Read More

Solemn Profession of Sr. Gertrude Feick – November 1, 2021

Chapter Talks

Dear Gertrude,

You have been ‘running’, not running away but running towards.  ‘Running’, a striking symbol for the monastic journey and for the spiritual pilgrimage in general: running to learn…running to love…running to learn how to love.  There are four passages just in the Prologue of the Rule alone where St. Benedict uses the image of ‘running’, for St. Benedict knows that God delights in the one who ‘runs’, in the one who responds not with sluggishness of spirit, not with resistance, but with desire and longing, desire and longing to be God’s incarnate vessel of love and mercy.

November 01, 2021 Read More

The Gift of Selfless Service

Chapter Talks

We want ‘glory’ but there is a cost.  This is the essential message of today’s gospel.  Jesus is addressed by James and John, two of his disciples, as ‘teacher’…and they add, “We want you to do for us whatever we ask of you” (Mk 10:35-45).  

October 17, 2021 Read More

Selling all for the Kingdom

Chapter Talks

Within the ‘love command’ of God there is a ‘demand’…the demand is to ‘sell all’. This ‘demand’ to sell all is not easy…still ‘with God all things are possible’. It seems that ‘virtue’ is not enough, that is the virtuous living of the ten commandments. Why would God ask something extra, beyond keeping these commandments?

October 10, 2021 Read More

Listen with the Ear of Your Heart

Chapter Talks

“It is written in the prophets: ‘They shall all be taught by God’.  Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me’” (Jn 6:45).  If we took just this sentence into prayer, how are we each being addressed by these words of Jesus?  There exists within us the reality that God is ready to teach us and, presumably, at any given moment. 

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