We hope you are enjoying the opportunity to shake hands and hug after many months of distancing and stay-at-home. June has offered us some long, hot days. I hope you have enjoyed the start of the summer with picnics, pool parties, and other gatherings with dear friends and family.Read more
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This month marks the beginning of summer in Minnesota. June 20 is the summer solstice, when our planet is tilted so that the Sun shines on its northernmost point on Earth, the imaginary line known as the Tropic of Cancer, about 23° latitude north of the equator. We have longer hours of daylight than on any other day of the year. It is as if the northern hemisphere of the Earth has turned its face toward the Sun, welcoming its warmth and shining light. Certain plants and flowers also have a rhythm of turning toward the Sun, a phenomenon known as heliotropism. In the morning, young sunflowers are turned toward the east, anticipating the sunrise. Throughout the day, they follow the path the Sun traces in the sky, continually re-orienting and turning themselves toward the Sun’s shining light and warmth until sunset in the west. By constantly following the Sun, the young sunflower collects more energy for growing.Read more
It’s 8:30 pm on a Tuesday evening at St. Paul’s Monastery. Sister Catherine Schoenecker is making her rounds of the common areas with her holy water. Similar to every other night at the Monastery, she “blesses the house,” including the offices, the meeting rooms, and all the other places people gather during the day. She loves her quiet little walks around the Monastery.Read more
Resilient, humorous, and kind to all – these are just a few of the adjectives used to describe Sister Karen Sames, OSB. You may talk to Sister Karen when you call the Monastery; she spends most days as the receptionist for St. Paul’s Monastery. Before coming to Monastic life, Sister Karen cared for people in her nursing career, spending several decades as a nurse. In many ways, Sister Karen has been a caregiver most of her life, extending her kindness and generosity to those she meets.Read more
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