Art and Heritage Place Closed August 2–3, 2024
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by Alyssa Tasto
1d ago
The Art and Heritage Place, including the Haehn Museum and Whitby Gift Shop, will be closed Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3, 2024, for community days. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, August 6. Thank you for your cooperation! The post Art and Heritage Place Closed August 2–3, 2024 appeared first on Saint Benedict's Monastery ..read more
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A Quarter Cup is a Quarter Cup
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by Alyssa Tasto
3d ago
I changed the recipe. It didn’t work. I’d accidentally used baking soda instead of baking powder in the batch of cookies I was mixing up. While baking, they spread far and wide connecting the dots, so-to-speak, which had been scooped upon the pan. As my siblings tasted them, I distinctly remember mom hushing their gags with a gag look all her own. “Hmmm—they’re good,” they lied. They didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to. The shape was off by inches and each bite left an odd taste upon the tongue. Rather than soft and sweet, they were crunchy and bitter. I was supposed to add the ingre ..read more
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Weekly Meditation, July 15 to 19, 2024
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by Alyssa Tasto
4d ago
A change of pace is a welcome thing, especially when accompanied by seasonal change. And when the seasons change, so do we. Our team of writers will be having a change of pace this summer and will be back with daily meditations in fall. Until then, please enjoy our weekly meditations. We pray that your spirits and ours will be renewed. The post Weekly Meditation, July 15 to 19, 2024 appeared first on Saint Benedict's Monastery ..read more
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Leadership Conference of Women Religious to Hold Virtual Prayer Space Leading Up to U.S. Presidential Election
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by Amanda Hackett
1w ago
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, of which we are a member, will host a virtual contemplative prayer space during several important weeks leading up to the United States presidential election on Tuesday, November 5, 2024. This prayer space is open to all and will feature a video loop of a burning candle with music and some prayers for peace. The schedule is as follows: Week of July 15–18 (Republican National Convention) Opens: Monday, July 15, 12 a.m. (ET) Closes: Thursday, July 18, 11:59 p.m. (ET) Week of August 19–22 (Democratic National Convention) Opens: Monday, August 19, 12 a ..read more
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Funeral Arrangements for Margaret Mandernach, OSB
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by Amanda Hackett
1w ago
Sister Margaret (Mildred) Mandernach entered eternal life on July 5, 2024. We rejoice with her in her coming home to God. Funeral arrangements are as follows: Friday, July 19 Saint Scholastica Convent: 3 p.m. Prayer Service followed by visitation until 4:15 p.m. Saint Benedict’s Monastery: Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20 Saint Benedict’s Monastery: The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral. Burial of cremated remains will be in the monastery cemetery. If you are unable ..read more
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Margaret (Mildred) Mandernach, OSB
Saint Benedict's Monastery
by Amanda Hackett
1w ago
Margaret (Mildred) Mandernach, OSB Saint Benedict’s Monastery St. Joseph, Minn. April 4, 1936 – July 5, 2024 The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2024, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn., for Sister Margaret (Mildred) Mandernach, who died on July 5, 2024, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, Minn. Burial of cremated remains will be in the monastery cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Benson Funeral Home. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Friday, July 19, for a Prayer ..read more
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For the Wounded One
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by Alyssa Tasto
1w ago
“It’s broken! I know it’s broken! I can’t move my right arm! How could I have missed the step?” These inner questions took over my reaction. I missed the step that should have taken me from the kitchen to the living room. Down I went on my right shoulder and arm, the plate of butter in my hand flying several feet across the room. Four-year-old Wes watched as five of my adult brothers and friends tried to come to my rescue, the wounded one who fell in his grandparents’ home. He stood back a safe distance from the frenzy of activity and yet close enough to fully engage in the sounds, sights and ..read more
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Resisting Retirement
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by Alyssa Tasto
1w ago
“Pass on the baton” refers not only to a new conductor or parade majorette—it’s a term often used to indicate a major passage of life. Facing retirement, a person may declare: “It’s time someone else takes over.” Then there’s another saying heard with some dismay: “A woman’s job is never finished.” That’s usually indicating that domestic work goes on and retirement doesn’t ease it much. While aspects of a sister’s work may, in time, be transferred to a younger professional, still her commitment to others remains. Teaching and health care employment may cease to occupy her days, yet valued cont ..read more
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Weekly Meditation, July 8 to 12, 2024
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by Alyssa Tasto
1w ago
A change of pace is a welcome thing, especially when accompanied by seasonal change. And when the seasons change, so do we. Our team of writers will be having a change of pace this summer and will be back with daily meditations in fall. Until then, please enjoy our weekly meditations. We pray that your spirits and ours will be renewed. The post Weekly Meditation, July 8 to 12, 2024 appeared first on Saint Benedict's Monastery ..read more
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Benedictine Life: A Model for Synodality
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by Alyssa Tasto
2w ago
In October 2021, Pope Francis invited the entire Church to participate in a Synod on Synodality. Drawing from the New Testament and the life of the early Church, the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s called for a return to a church that engages every member of the Christian community. Pope Francis calls for a renewal of this way of being church. At the beginning of the three-year Synod, local dioceses throughout the world were active in gathering people to “listening sessions” to talk about their experience of Church. A general review of the Synod’s work, its intention, and the processes it ..read more
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