News from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery
from the current Love Cannot Wait by S. Mary Ann Osborne SSND
Apr. 22 - May 5, 2014
Meditation: On Conversion by Bernard of Clairvaux
Listen to the Lord's words in their order. "Blessed," he says, "are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" and then, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God" (Mt 5:8). The heavenly father calls the pure in heart (Mt 5:9) who do not seek for themselves but for Christ, and not what will profit them but what will profit many.


The reflections of Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th Century French Cistercian beloved for his poetic and pastoral writings, make a fine companion along the Lenten journey. Excerpt from Classics of Western Spirituality: Bernard of Clairvaux Selected Works (Paulist Press, 1987).
One Day, One Painting
by Kathy Fleming
Being an artist is a lonely job. I have challenged myself to paint one piece and write each day. Painting every day is hard to do, something important to me.  It just seems right. It is a new way for me to journal almost every day, bringing the day into focus.  Painting has become a spiritual exercise for me, and the format gives me the opportunity to share with others the spiritual focus I have encountered through seeing God in the ordinary. I'm just getting started and am excited to see how the conversation might continue. If you want to follow my progress drop me an email and I will send you the almost daily updates.
Kathy Fleming is an Oblate of St. Paul's Monastery and the Artist Coordinator for the Benedictine Center's annual Seeing God Juried Exhibit of Sacred Art.
Invitation for Readers Who are Members of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA
The Benedictine Center is seeking the perspective of members of Lutheran parishes in the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA. As part of The Listening Project, we are conducting a survey which explores and cultivates the practice of spiritual direction in the St. Paul Area Synod-ELCA. The research is being coordinated by the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery in collaboration with the Synod Office. We are seeking the input of members of congregations, lay or staff leaders, as well as rostered leaders within the St. Paul Area Synod. Your response is valuable, whether the idea of spiritual direction is new, familiar, or somewhere in between. If you are a Lutheran of the St. Paul Area Synod, please complete the survey at before Apr. 30.
Great Conversation: How Do We Say Yes to the First Half of Life?
Thurs., May 8, 7-9p
Sam Rahberg Oblate
Freewill offering
Few adults under forty are interested in waiting for a mid-life crisis to get their priorities in order. This Great Conversation is dedicated to the possibility that we might claim a way of living, being, and contributing that feeds our souls and our relationships with God and others. Join Sam Rahberg for a reflection and dialogue exploring the potential we share. Guests are welcome to join the Sisters for evening prayer at 6:40p. Limited to 12 participants. Register online.
LindaSoler Called to Trust and Transition with Our Daughters
Sat., May 10, 9a-12p
S. Linda Soler OSB and S. Carol Rennie OSB
$15 per person
Moments and seasons of transition invite mothers and daughters to experience and exercise their special bond in new ways. Through interaction and conversation, this three-hour retreat will explore Christ-like ways to foster trust in the midst of transition for grandmothers and granddaughters, mothers and daughters. Open to women ages twelve and up. Register online.
Fr Mike Byron
Easter Retreat: Believing Despite the Evidence
Sat., May 10, 9a-12p
Fr. Michael Byron
One of the most challenging definitions of hope is "believing despite the evidence." The resurrection is a lesson in hope. The suffering and death of Jesus had all the marking of a fatalistic endpoint. But across the centuries, Christians have believed that the tomb was not the end but the beginning. Living with a sense of hope - about our deepest religious beliefs as well as about our convictions about the dignity of all people, the call to justice, and work for peace - has its roots in the Paschal Mystery. Living hope takes discipline and practice. Its grace is in the mystery of resurrection itself. Register online.
The Way Forward Now Available for Kindle
 The Way Forward: A Collection of Benedictine Inspirations is now available in both print and electronic forms. Purchase a print version and get the electronic edition free. Share it among friends. Proceeds benefit the ministries of St. Paul's Monastery's Benedictine Center and Saint John's Conversatio. Purchase print version or Kindle edition at
MaryAnnOsborneReception with the Artist: Love Cannot Wait
An Exhibit by S. Mary Ann Osborne SSND

Join Mary Ann Osborne for a reception and presentation about her exhibit "Love Cannot Wait" on Sun., May 18, 1-3p. Th exhibit is open 9a-6p daily through May 30. Freewill offerings are welcome. Learn more about Art and Spirituality through the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery.
The Impact of Pornography
at Lumen Christi Catholic Community
2055 Bohland Ave, Saint Paul
Wed., May 7, 7p
Learn about what children and teenagers are currently exposed to in the media, how you can help them navigate a pornified culture, and how the impact of pornography has escalated through the reach of technology. Presented by Cordelia Anderson, national speaker and educator on sexual violence prevention with over 35 years of experience. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Anti Human Trafficking Working Group of the Justice Commission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates and funded by the  Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. Contact: Ann Redmond 952-836-9974.
Daily Work's Steps to Success Luncheon
at Dancer's Studio Event Center, 415 Pascal St. North, St. Paul
Wed., Apr. 30, 12-1:30p (registration opens 11:30a)

This free, no-obligation "friend and fundraising" for Daily Work ( explores the nonprofit's efforts to help struggling, but motivated job seekers get on the path to employment, find new work, and move towards self-sufficiency. One client wrote, "I just want you to know that I am extremely grateful for your help. In all honesty, I don't think that I would have been able to do this without your help. I feel like you have given me wings to fly!" Learn more at
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