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Thirty Minutes of Silence

Posted on: November 16th, 2016

On Thursday mornings, we have about thirty minutes of contemplative prayer instead of the usual Morning Prayer service at SSJD. When I first came to the convent, I had never done anything remotely like it. It was a completely new experience for me. To tell the truth, I seldom experience complete silence around me in […]

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Posted on: November 4th, 2016

It occurred to me as I stepped into the Labyrinth that I am at the furthest point away from the centre. If the centre is to represent God, then I was at the furthest point from his love; however I was still in the circle of his love. As I walked I began to get […]

The Rule of Life

Posted on: October 28th, 2016

At times it seems that life consists of scaling cliffs and bridging chasms, bounding moon-ward, leaping mountains, dancing in the star-filled void, while through it all a safety-net of custom, love and promises makes safe our swift, risk-taking flight. The Rule of Life safeguards us here, in heights of mystic ecstasy, weaving its web of […]

A Mark of Grace

Posted on: October 24th, 2016

One of the work assignments I have here at the convent is helping to keep the many music papers organized for chapel services. A few weeks ago I was getting the daily office binders ready for Advent. The papers for morning and evening prayer had all already been assembled; all I had to do was […]

Learning from Sunflowers

Posted on: October 9th, 2016

We are so rushed in today’s society that we have little time to stop. Smell the flowers. Watch the wind toss the leaves, observe the squirrels gather nuts, or examine the raindrop that is laying on the blade of grass ready at any moment to fall onto the ground. But most importantly we have forgotten […]

Finding Light in the Psalms

Posted on: October 6th, 2016

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the undefiled (the upright, truly sincere, and blameless) in the way [of the revealed will of God], who walk (order their conduct and conversation) in the law of the Lord (the whole of God’s revealed will).                                                   Psalm 119:1 Amplified Bible A realization came this week: Psalm 119 is incredible. […]

Walls of Light

Posted on: September 27th, 2016

We are on week two of the first ever Companions program, and everyone’s still alive. But, my goodness, it has been a significant transition from the university life to the “nun lyfe” (as my friend Bethany puts it). The first few days, I would vacillate dramatically between feeling completely normal and utterly surreal in my […]

Companions on the Way Begin a Year of Monastic Life with the Sisterhood

Posted on: September 15th, 2016

Five young women are blazing a new path forward as inaugural participants in the Companions on the Way program. They have officially commenced a year in residence living alongside members of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (SSJD) at their convent in Toronto, Ont. On Sunday, Sept. 11, the sisters, joined by Bishop Linda […]

Benedict’s Wisdom

Posted on: September 10th, 2016

Becoming an Oblate of the Anglican Sisterhood of St. John the Divine has brought me many gifts. Perhaps one of the ones I value most is being introduced to Benedictine spirituality. As I first discerned my way to becoming an Oblate I asked a fellow Oblate what I could read as I began to form […]

A Spiritual Bushwack

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016

During a recent Centering Prayer retreat at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, I ventured forth on an afternoon hike, scrambling up a steep cliff to check out some rock formations that had enticed me from the ground below. After exploring the ancient outcrop where birds nested and faces appeared in ghostly patterns, I made […]