Recent Posts by Mary Elizabeth Ilg

Reflections on the Monastic Community Retreat

July 2019
Reflections on the Monastic Community Retreat:  “For All Are One in Christ:  Benedict’s Transforming Vision”  Mary Elizabeth Ilg “…silence is the royal road to spiritual formation.” -Henri Nouwen A velvet hush of silence descended upon St. Paul’s Monastery on the evening of the Feast of Pentecost as the annual Community retreat began, facilitated by Sister Laura…
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We Began Our Lenten Journey

March 2019
Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.   Joel 2:12 WE BEGAN OUR LENTEN JOURNEY on Ash Wednesday, March 6.  This is our solemn fast, a time when we enhance our spiritual life with prayer, fasting and almsgiving and…
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December 2018
ADVENT GRATITUDE:  CHANGE IS POSSIBLE Mary Elizabeth Ilg     Saint Catherine University Chapel, St. Paul, MN On a Thursday morning in late autumn, the Monastery Department Heads, Staff, several Sisters and guests gathered to hear Theology Professor Diane Millis speak on the subject of change.  She began by referring to the prophet Isaiah:  “Behold,…
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