News from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
from the current exhibit On Community: A Collaboration of Women Artists
Aug. 16-29, 2016
Words to the Wise
"Insecurity makes certitude attractive, and it is in times like these that I want to harness God to my preferred scheme of things, for it is risky to be so vulnerable. Yet it is this vulnerability that asks for trust and hope in God's plans, not mine. So I try to learn each time that I am called upon to move forward to hand over the past freely, putting it behind me, and moving on with hands open and ready for the new." 
NEW! Explore the Benedictine Center's Latest Listen Publication
Fresh copies will be mailed in early September, but reader's can preview the articles and events already. Download a PDF copy to view the new edition or  explore online the upcoming opportunities for retreat, prayer and rich conversation. If you would prefer a hardcopy and do not receive one by the end of the first week of September, please email the Benedictine Center.
Job Opening
St. Paul's Monastery is seeking applications for the position of Mission Advancement Assistant, who is responsible for data management, administrative duties, gift acknowledgement and updating of social media and website. Click here to view the full position description. To apply send cover letter and resume to
Lamentation of the Written Word
Poems and Commentary by Victor Klimoski
Every writer has those days (maybe weeks) when the effort to create something falls hopelessly, dismally short. Language is barren, images collapse from lack of nourishment, and the page looks back at the writer asking, "Do you really think you can do this?" Over his years of writing, Vic Klimoski has returned frequently to the practice of confronting these lamentable moments of loss by writing poems about what it feels like to be abandoned by the writing gods. This collection uses these poems to reposition the dark periods of writing as moments to reclaim why it is important - essential - to stay at the task. Four brief essays divide the poems around the themes of lamentation, purpose, practice, and promise. Taken together, the essays form an argument for all writers, no matter the genre, to never lay down their pens. Available online.
Coming Up . . .
Carol Rennie
Taizé Reflection: The Questions of Jesus
Fri., Aug. 19, 10a-8p
S. Carol Rennie OSB and Mary Janssen Oblate
$40 includes lunch and supper
This day of conversation and quiet reflection is inspired by the provocative questions of Jesus found in the Gospels. Led by a spiritual director and Oblate of the monastic community, the experience concludes with prayer in the style of Taizé. Register online.
Shape of the Divine: Retreat with Clay
Sun., Sept. 11, 1p thru Mon., Sept. 12, 1p
S. Virginia Matter OSB
$100 includes lodging, meals, and materials
Under the direction of an experienced potter and gentle teacher, learn how making hand-built vessels can be a process of meditation. If participating in S. Virginia's six-week pottery series has seemed just out of reach, this retreat is especially for you. Register online
Great Conversation: How Do I Live into My Own Path of Merciful Loving?
Thurs., Sept. 15, 7-9p
S. Carol Rennie OSB
Freewill offering
Conversation has the power to inspire and transform. Carol Rennie OSB, a spiritual director invites you to listen more closely to how you are being invited to experience and express God's mercy in your own life. A brief reflection will lead into dialogue. Limited to 12 participants. Register online

Recommended Reading
The Way Forward:
A Collection of Benedictine Inspirations
Timeless meditations connecting Benedictine wisdom to everyday life. Available in print and digital editions.
Lamentation of the Written Word
by Victor Klimoski
Reposition the dark periods of writing as moments to reclaim why it is important. Available online.
Illuminating Ministry
A Journal, Vol. III
An opportunity for church leaders to join in prayer and reflection with The Saint John's Bible. Available online.
Upcoming Events
Other Events/Resources of Related Interest
St. Catherine University Announces Ministry Tuition Remission for Spiritual Direction Training
The Spiritual Direction Certificate program at St. Kate's is offering a new funding incentive for people who are doing church ministry and who are interested in becoming trained in and studying the ministry of spiritual direction.  Having been training spiritual directors for nearly 20 years, this new initiative specifically benefits clergy and ministers.
Here's how: this new initiative, Ministry Tuition Remission, allows qualified candidates to pursue studies in the spiritual direction graduate certificate at St. Catherine University at a reduced tuition rate of 50%.  Furthermore, if qualified candidates already have graduate degrees in theology (which is the case for clergy and most ministers), up to one-half of the required core theology credits can be transferred in, which reduces the overall duration and cost of the program.
As you can imagine, St. Kate's is eager to share this opportunity and incentive with prospective students. Pass the word--the initiative begins in fall 2016! For more information:
Humility and Our Core of Basic Goodness
with guest presenter Shawn Kafader
Minnesota Contemplative Outreach
Oct. 14-16, 2016 
The complementary movement towards divine love is growth in humility (Fr. Thomas Keating). You are invited to join MN Contemplative Outreach for a weekend of peace and restoration, of contemplation and renewal, at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Minnesota. Learn more . . .

Sam Rahberg, Director


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