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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 […]


Posted on: July 23rd, 2016

Well, it has been a month since I took my Promises as an Oblate of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine. And a month wearing the St. John’s Cross visibly and constantly. And for the last 2 days here in Thermopolis, Wyoming, home of the world’s largest hot spring, I am not wearing it, […]

Sacred Hospitality

Posted on: July 19th, 2016

“Prefer nothing whatever to Christ,” St. Benedict says in his little Rule. And he also says, “Let all guests be received as Christ.” He wants us to put Christ first, to sit at his feet, to worship and learn from him. And then to share the love of Christ with others. Hospitality is at the […]

Barefoot Holiness and the Monastic Life

Posted on: June 6th, 2016

God said to Moses, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.“ (Exodus 3:5) The story of Moses and the burning bush in Exodus 3 has always fascinated me.  As I was reflecting on it recently, it struck me as a kind of […]


Posted on: May 20th, 2016

I was recently blessed by a stay at St. John’s Convent and the monastic daily rhythm of prayer (Morning, Evening and Night Prayer). Whenever I come, it is so easy to step back into that timeless river of prayer that flows through the Sisters’ daily schedule of prayer, work, study and recreation. Most of the […]

New Companions’ Program a Time to “Step Back”

Posted on: May 9th, 2016

Martha Holman, a writer for the Toronto Anglican, interviewed Katja Nack, a 23-year-old university student from Germany, who arrived at St. John’s Convent in March for a three-month internship as an Alongsider. “I study English and Protestant religion to become a teacher. We have to go abroad for at least 12 weeks to finish our […]

Glimpses of the Divine

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016

Earlier this year, our daughter  was in England for 2 months as a Fine Arts theatre student from Memorial University in Newfoundland – at their campus in Harlow, about 35 km north east of London. Aside from rehearsing their 4th year final production, their assignment was to see at least 20 live performances and critique […]

On the Road at Easter

Posted on: April 29th, 2016

I recently returned from an auto trip to visit family and friends in Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland. I love driving alone in a car on the open highway or on country roads. It’s like being in a hermitage on wheels, with quiet when I want it, music when I want it, and wonderful opportunities to […]

Why is this Friday “Good”?

Posted on: March 25th, 2016

  People often ask why we call Good Friday “good” – it seems to be a dark and gloomy day, a day when we remember the horrible, agonizing execution of Jesus. And the movies and books and sermons that describe Jesus’ crucifixion seem to focus on the extreme pain of it, as though we needed […]