“All guests are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me(Matt 25:35). Proper honor must be shown to all.” RB 53.1-2
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Fifty-two weeks a year women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, offer hope…
And for this one week we shine the spotlight on women religious, including our Boerne Sisters! ... See MoreSee Less
Reflecting During the Lenten Season by Sr. Bernadine Reyes, OSB, Prioress
We are now in the Lenten Season, an opportune time for reflection on who we are before God and one another. I was drawn to reflect on the Gospel for the fifth Sunday of Lent, John 11:1-45. This gospel is relating the story of the two sisters, Martha and Mary, anxious to have Jesus come and cure their brother, Lazarus, of his illness. Jesus delays, and in the meantime, Lazarus dies and is buried in a tomb. Jesus arrives, weeps, and calls Lazarus forth and he comes.
Each time I read this gospel, I am drawn to the part of the story where Jesus calls Lazarus forth from the tomb. Lazarus hears the call and stumbles out since he is still bound. Jesus does not untie him but rather calls others to untie him and to let him go.
The questions that surface for me are, “When have I been in a tomb?” Was I able to believe that Jesus wept for me as he did for Lazarus and that it was he who called me out of my tomb? Was I able hear the call to “come out” and who were the ones who unbound me? And the larger question is, who else in our neighborhoods, church communities, workplaces, schools, is bound and living in their own tombs?
In the February 19th Sunday Express News, there was an investigative story that shed some light about the troubled 18-year-old who committed the horrific crime of killing 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, TX last May. The article related that he struggled academically. He dropped out of school at the age of 17, having completed only the ninth grade. His family reported that he was bullied because of his stutter, and because of the speech impediment, was a loner. Records show that he had more than one hundred absences annually since 2018.
The tomb for this young man was vast and deep. Was he able to hear Jesus’ call to “come out” and did he have around him those who could have “untied him and let him go”?
May our Lenten Season challenge us to reflect on those times when we have been in “tombs” of our own making, or otherwise. May we be grateful for those who “untie us”, and, even more, may we recognize others “in tombs” and reach out to “untie” them into greater freedom. ... See MoreSee Less
We're looking forward to seeing lots of our friends and making new ones, too, at our Feast of St. Benedict Spaghetti Dinner at the Cana Ballroom! 🙂 Get your tickets on our website: boernebenedictines.org/2023-feast-of-st-benedict-spaghetti-dinner/, or scan the QR code here. (Tickets must be purchased in advance). ... See MoreSee Less
Sister Mary Louise Hernandez, OSB and Alex Pfeiffer, Caregiver, are sharing the LOVE from all of the Benedictine Sisters and Co-ministers (staff) at St. Scholastica Monastery. Happy St. Valentine's Day to You! ... See MoreSee Less
Please join our Benedictine Community and our brothers and sisters around the world in prayer for the people of Turkey and Syria. As we learn about the ways we can support them financially, we will get the word out.
Below is a message from Sister Ann Hoffman, OSB, Executive Director of The Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM USA): Please hold in prayer all who are suffering from the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria that occurred on Monday, February 6. We have a Cistercian monastery, Fons Pacis in Syria. I wrote to Mother Marta and received the following response:
“We are well, thanks to God. The earthquake was very strong in our region. All the walls were moving and the lamps, etc. and for a really long time. But there aren’t serious problems for our building at this moment.
But for Syria, it is a big disaster. Some places like Aleppo, Lattakie, and also Tartous and Homs were severely damaged. A lot of buildings fell down, a lot of people under the pieces of concrete, etc. It rains. It is very cold. People are in the street, they cannot go home for the concern of other quakes.
If you write anything, please tell the people: NOW REALLY IS THE TIME TO TAKE AWAY THE SANCTIONS TO SYRIA!! It is the minimum at this moment.
Do All Things in Love February 2023 Issue #30 Reflections from the Hill Occasional Outreach from the Benedictine Sisters Do All Things in Love "Let all that you do, be done in love." 1 Corinthians ...