News from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
Maggie Thompson
from the current exhibit The Emerging Textile Artist by Maggie Thompson
Jul. 28 - Aug. 10, 2015
Meditation: Tools Matter

Each of us takes the necessary days, weeks, and months to live into [a Scriptural text]. This is sustained lectio, an encounter with the living God within our loving hearts. This is our individual practice that prepares us for liturgy, selfless service, community life, friendships, and an ecclesial way of being in the world. Skills of study, artistic appreciation, training of the mind for discipline, and a disposition of repentance prepare us for the deepest experience of the revelation of God. Discernment, listening with the ear of the heart, becomes a way of life.


This excerpt is from S. Meg Funk's book Tools Matter: Beginning the Spiritual Journey (Liturgical Press, 2013. S. Meg recently returned to St. Paul's Monastery for Unceasing Prayer: An Introduction to Various Forms and also the School of Lectio Divina.

The Benedictine School of Spirituality (Part 3 of 3):
Sustaining Lectio Divina and Prefering Nothing Whatsoever to Christ

Carol Rennie OSB and Sam Rahberg had the distinct pleasure of hosting a three-part series called "Prayer and Community: The Benedictine School of Spirituality" at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Eagan. This reflection (Part 2 of 3) helps summarize the key insights from one of the three sessions: (1) Core Benedictine Values, (2) Praying the Psalms and Exercising Community, and (3) Sustaining Lectio Divina and Preferring Nothing Whatsoever to Christ.

Sustaining Lectio Divina

The School of Lectio Divina is at the heart of the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery's attempt to share the riches of Benedictine spirituality. The core conviction is that praying the Scriptures is allowing the Word of God to work its way into our bones and into the practice of our life and vocation. The monastic rhythm of liturgical prayer, interaction and solitude serve to reinforce that disposition.


Poet Marilyn Chandler McEntyre describes the process of lectio in a spirit of lingering with the Scriptures:

"In lectio, which Benedictines practice in the daily reading of Scripture, you read the text slowly, listening for a word or phrase that speaks to you with particular emphasis. Then you re-read the passage, allowing the key word or phrase to be a point of contact, considering how it addresses the particular circumstances of your life. On a third reading you meditate on the text and on the words it has brought to your attention as gifts peculiar to the moment, considering what response it invites. Finally, on a fourth reading you rest in the words as you hear them once more. As a devotional practice, lectio is reserved for sacred texts and sacred time. I recommend it on those terms to anyone seeking nourishment from sacred reading" (Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, 70).

Over time, the practice of lectio divina becomes less a set formula for prayer than a disposition of prayerfulness. Read on . . . 

Call for Artists Pre-K thru 12
Exploring Welcome Through Young Eyes


The Benedictine Center is issuing a call to young artists grades Pre-K thru 12 to participate in a one-night-only exhibit on Tues., Aug. 4 as part of the Community Block Party (5:30-7:30p).

  • Any young person somehow connected to the Century Campus at the corner of Larpenteur and Century is welcome to participate.
  • The submission deadline is July 31.

This show provides a venue for young artists to share their own perspective about what makes them feel welcome and what we can all do to help one another feel valued and respected.



Submissions should be two dimensional, using white paper up to 12" x 18" and the medium of the artist's choice. Deliver to St. Paul's Monastery by July 31. Call 651.777.7251 with questions.


The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery, is located at 2675 Benet Road in Maplewood.

When do you feel welcome?

What can we do to welcome others?


New Exhibit Open 9a-6p Daily
The Emerging Textile Artist (by Maggie Thompson)


Born and raised in Minneapolis, this millennial artist works with an intuitive hand to bridge the multiple cultural influences gathered from her life experiences. Deriving inspiration from the history of her Ojibwe heritage, she explores her own family history in addition to the broader Native American Experience. Her art calls attention to its materiality and challenges viewers' traditional understanding of textiles. She explores the boundaries of textiles by incorporating multimedia elements such as screen printing, photographs and metallic yarns. Thompson is also influenced by a passion for architecture and a sense of order, using straight lines and geometric patterns to intentionally build, as this exhibit demonstrates, a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. Learn more.

Maggie Thompson
. . . Just Around the Corner . . .


Virginia MatterCentering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat
Fri. , Aug. 7, 7p thru Wed., Aug. 12, 1p
S. Virginia Matter OSB
$375 includes lodging and meals
$150 thru Sunday only 


Experience a time of profound silence and praying the Scriptures as you enter into deeper relationship with God and self. Blends a rhythm of centering prayer, lectio divina, and prayer with the monastic community. Register online. 



Taizé Reflection: Abiding in the Holy One
Fri., Aug. 21, 10a-8p
S. Carol Rennie OSB and Mary Janssen OblOSB
$40 includes lunch and supper

A time of reflection flowing into the celebration of Taizé prayer and inspired by the anniversary celebrations of that Community. Join a time of abiding in the Holy One in solidarity with all those blessed by the ministry of Taizé. Register online.


Open House at St. Paul's Monastery

Honoring the Year of Consecrated Life--Loving and Celebrating Religious Life
Sun., Jul. 26, 2-4p

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  • Experience life in a Monastery
  • Meet the Sisters
  • Learn more about our Ministries
  • Walk the Labyrinth

RSVP 651-777-8181
2675 Benet Road, St. Paul, MN 55109, 

The Latest Benedictine Center Publication

The latest edition of Listen is now available. To request a copy, please email the Benedictine Center. Alternatively, download a PDF copy now or  explore online the upcoming opportunities for retreat, prayer, and rich conversation.
Recommended Reading
Christine Jurisich


Retreat, Reflect, Renew:
A Journal and Online Retreat
by Christine Jurisich


Christine Jurisich is a retreat facilitator and author of "Retreat, Reflect, Renew: A Sacred Journal for A More Peaceful You." As an active mother of a teen and pre-teen, she understands the importance and challenge of integrating faith and prayer into the present moment and is dedicated to providing opportunities for people to slow down and reflect on how to live a healthy, balanced and more meaningful Christ-centered life. Read on... 


Online Retreat: "Ten Practical Steps to Peace" 

An online retreat to help you slow down and find more balance and more reliance on God in your daily life. This is a 4-week online retreat with the chance to reflect and share in a private and welcoming online discussion. The retreat will use the journal, "Retreat, Reflect, Renew: A Sacred Journal for A More Peaceful You" written by Christine Jurisich, who gives credit to Sister Paula Hagen and many of the Sisters of St. Benedict at St. Paul's Monastery for inspiring and modeling for her many of the concepts in the book. The retreat will be a gentle and nurturing walk through the process of self-acceptance, choice-making, and discovering God's presence in the most ordinary of moments throughout your day. Register today at

The Way Forward:
A Collection of Benedictine Inspirations
Timeless meditations connecting Benedictine wisdom to everyday life. Available in print and digital editions.
Matters of Life and Death by Victor Klimoski
Poems that capture ideas that will not let go, including what it means to live up to the day we die. 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.
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