Monastic Experience Weekend - Summer 2013

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This summer Redwoods Monastery hosted a weekend geared especially for young women (ages 18-40) who were interested in learning more about monasticism and contemplative prayer. 6 women attended – most in their early twenties. Some were interested in a religious vocation but most came just to experience a deeper level of prayer. This was the second year we hosted this event and we now hope to ma
August 21, 2013 Read More

Everyday Abba Poeman made a new beginning

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Everyday Abba Poeman Made a New BeginningSince the feast of St. Bernard is very soon, I was reading his sermon #74 On the Song of Songs IV.  As I was reading this sermon I was reminded of a pithy desert story: “It is said of Abba Poeman that every day he made a new beginning.”   I pondered what does this story say about Abba Poeman’s stance towards life, his relation to God?  And perhaps most important: his understanding of who God is and how God comes to him.  Anyway we shall
August 11, 2013 Read More

How Do We Serve

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Pope Francis is a man who is leading his Church by example.  Today he is holding Holy Thursday services at a prison for juveniles on the outskirts of Rome.  He showing us how to serve the marginalized, the poor, those shunned and feared by society.  He has told us this week that we are not to be a complacent 99% but rather extend a hand and a heart to the

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March 28, 2013 Read More

The Christmas Season

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It's now almost February and the Church calendar is propelling us toward Lent. But before we leave Winter all together I would like to recount highlights of Advent and Christmas 2012 at Redwoods Monastery.

Every Advent at Redwoods is begun with the making of the Advent wreath. The sisters gather at Vespers of the first Sunday of Advent with greens collected from the surround
January 30, 2013 Read More

An Advent Meditation

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Advent is a time of stillness and reflection.  Sister Julia of the Verbum Dei community in San Francisco created the following presentation from pictures she took of the monastery and surrounding areas.  May this meditation help us to recognize new Advents of the Lord in ourselves and in our communities.
December 06, 2012 Read More
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