Sister Sharon Schiller, OSB, is a Minnesota-born girl from the small town of Miesville, just south of the Twin Cities. Her father and mother, Joseph and Odelia, were farmers, and she had three brothers and two sisters. From an early age, Sharon learned a work ethic worthy of a farm family, as she would help unload corn and hay, and work in the garden with her mother. Her favorite chore was baking, and today Sharon admits she still loves baking cookies.
It has been over a year now since COVID-19 led to the world’s sudden and prolonged shut down. This past year has been a journey of challenges, causing us to see anew the world around us as we have never seen before. We have often felt isolated, but Saint Benedict reminds us that a journey is not taken alone. God is with us, and we
are with each other: “See how God’s love shows us the way of life” (Rule, Prologue: 20). “Prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life” (Rule, Chapter 72: 11-12).