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Category Archives: 2021

November 2021 E-Newsletter

October 2021
Every November, we have a special day set aside to be thankful. Our tradition is rooted in the tradition and practice of ancient Israel, where gratitude was not once a year, but a part of daily life. Many of the psalms we pray today show the people’s remembrance of God’s blessings not only in their own lives, but also throughout creation and in the lives of their ancestors who had come before them. They remembered God’s action and presence in their lives and all the gifts they had by God’s grace and love.
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October 2021 E-Newsletter

October 2021
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.
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September 2021 E-Newsletter

August 2021
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.”
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August 2021 E-Newsletter

August 2021
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.
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