As the warm green season of summer blends into a cooler, golden autumn, the frosty winter lays ahead of us. Here in Minnesota, black bears have long been preparing for the cold months of winter. As early as midsummer, bears begin digging holes for a den or searching out a small cave or hollow tree trunk. Bears may spend up to twenty hours a day eating and gaining weight for nourishment during the coming winter months.Read more
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Say what? Alleluia in September and it’s not even the Easter Season. As the Monastery continues to navigate the pandemic and Say what? Alleluia in September and it’s not even the Easter Season. As the Monastery continues to navigate the pandemic and challenge our norms, we move forward and enter what some call a “new norm.”Read more
I have been reflecting on the idea of commitment lately, particularly since the Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery witnessed the final Oblation of eight new Oblates on June 6. These new Oblates are the first guests to rejoin us in chapel since the start of the pandemic. The ceremony was livestreamed to include as many witnesses to their commitment as possible. The word Oblate has it meaning in the word, “offering” and the signing of their final Oblation document on the altar is similar to that which each vowed monastic Sister makes when she places her document on the altar and signs her promise to seek God in the service of Christ through the Monastic Way.Read more
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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