Sister Carol Rennie, OSB is originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota and came from a family of eight. She Carol graduated from St. Joseph, High School in St. Cloud Minnesota and fondly remembers her siblings: Richard, John, Catherine, Mary Jane, and David. Sister Carol was “lucky number five” and the youngest girl.
Lent calls us to repent or turn from of all that obscures God’s life within us, and to believe in and turn toward the Good News of the Gospel. Lent calls us to life, to become more in touch with God’s plan for us and for the wider community through practices which are meant to focus our attention on God’s presence. Lenten fasting, prayer and almsgiving provide a sustained opportunity during Lent for us to grow closer to God, to allow God to work in us, and to recognize our own need for connection to each other.
Every year, on March 25—exactly nine months to the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus—the Christian Tradition joyously celebrates Mary’s faith, trust, and hope through the Solemnity of the Annunciation. As the feast approaches, we pause to reflect on our own faith, trust, and hope at the Monastery through the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.