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We hope youll enjoy reading the January 2022 edition of our e-newsletter, Reflections from the Hill. https://conta.cc/3GeCsk5

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Beginning Again – 2022
A Reflection by Sister Frances Briseño, OSB

I borrowed the title of this article from Reverend Mary Earle’s book Beginning Again (Benedictine Wisdom for Living with Illness). As we move into a New Year, I thought the title was appropriate. Most of us grew up with the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. Most of us discovered that we could not carry through with those directives to ourselves. This is yet another reason for the title of this article. God gives us so many opportunities to begin again. I do hope that as we await the dawning of the New Year, we see it as a moment in history to begin again with newfound energy, with new perspectives, and with a deeper appreciation and awareness of the power of God within us. I await the dawning of the New Year with new eyesight, and I give thanks to God for the insurmountable amount of grace received during 2021.

Mary Earle writes, “There is a child in each of us waiting to be born again. It is to those looking for life that the figure of the Christ, a child, beckons. Christmas is not for children. It is for those who refuse to give up and grow old, for those to whom life comes newly and with purpose each and every day, for those who can let yesterday go so that life can be full of new possibility always, for those who are agitated with newness whatever their age. Life is for the living, for those in whom Christmas is a feast without finish, a celebration of the constancy of change, a call to begin once more the journey to human joy and holy meaning.” These words are powerful for me personally through my experience this past year.

On January 1, 2021, I returned to the monastery from spending a few days in the country with friends. I returned with a spirit of joy. I was really anticipating getting back home so I could go for a ride on my brand new bicycle that the Sisters had given me as a Christmas gift. I remembered growing up and riding my bicycle for long distances. I recalled breathing in the fresh air and experiencing the beauty of nature as I rode through the countryside. I got on my new bicycle and rode up to the front of the monastery. I straddled my bike as I came to a stop and got off the bike only to turn around to steady the bike because there was a hose lying across the pavement. As I did this, I lost my balance and the bike slanted toward me, and I fell with the bike on top of me. I fell spread eagle and crushed my right wrist.  It was so bad that I had surgery that very same day. I remember thinking, “What a way to start the New Year! Of course, I am right-handed so that made it doubly difficult. I remember thinking that it would be difficult, but that so many people face much more difficult situations, so I prayed for those suffering much worse as I continued to heal with the help of physical therapy and a good doctor. It took about six weeks to walk through that whole ordeal. Little did I know that that was the just the beginning of what would prove to be a difficult year.

By the middle of February, I was back to normal activities. All of this could have been so much worse. I expressed my gratitude to God for bringing me back to full health. Then early in March I experienced a hemorrhagic stroke followed by another stroke to my left side. I had had a stroke back in 1999 so having another stroke did not surprise me because the doctors told me the possibility existed that I might have another one. What did surprise me was where this stroke would take me! It was complicated by a UTI that I got while trying to recuperate from the stroke. God is good in that I have very little memory of exactly what happened as the time unfolded. I had to rely on family and friends to fill in the blanks of what I could not remember. I found myself in rehab for about eight months. People later told me that I had come very close to death. At one point, my family was called to come see me because it looked like I might not make it. My friends called a priest friend of mine to come and anoint me because they also felt that I was near the end. I do not recall any of this, but I know that I walked through this time with a constant awareness of the presence of God and a knowing that all would be well.

During those months, I had ample opportunity to reflect on illness, recovery, and blessings. I reread Mary Earle’s books on Living with Illness and Marvelously Made. I highly recommend reading these books if you are suffering with chronic illness or know of someone dear to you that suffers with chronic illness. Mary’s books reflect her own journey with illness and are written within the frameworks of St. Benedict’s Rule. They have been a real source of comfort for me.

My blessings began immediately with a barrage of get well wishes from family, friends, and acquaintances. I was touched deeply by the words expressed on the hundreds of cards I received. I was doubly blessed when my friends began to visit me even though they had to jump through hoops because of Covid restrictions. The staff commented on the amount of visitors I had saying they had never seen so many people come to visit one person. The longer I stayed, the more obvious all this became. Each visitor reflected God’s healing touch and each visit was a graced moment in time.

I also met some really precious people in rehab and realized that their family was not present to them for long periods of time. My heart went out to them, and my prayers included their intentions daily. I was very aware of God’s presence through each person that I spent time with. As I walked this time, I discovered what Thomas Merton meant when he wrote, “God is mercy within mercy within mercy.”

“Christmas is about finding life where we did not expect life to be.” I was given opportunity after opportunity to discover new life. I write today almost completely healed with the exception of a few more physical therapy appointments. I write with a grateful heart for the many blessings received through this whole ordeal. I look forward to this New Year and God’s blessing on it.

I would like to close this article with a prayer from Thomas Merton that Mary Earle uses. I find a great deal of comfort in his words. I wish each of you a graced filled New Year.

No Idea Where I Am Going
Thomas Merton

O Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going,
I do not see the road ahead of me,
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think
I am following Your will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe
That the desire to please You
Does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire
In all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything
Apart from that desire to please You.
And I know that if I do this
You will lead me by the right road,
Though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust You always
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear,
for You are ever with me,
and You will never leave me
to make my journey alone. Amen.

Beginning Again – 2022
A Reflection by Sister Frances Briseño, OSB

I borrowed the title of this article from Reverend Mary Earle’s book Beginning Again (Benedictine Wisdom for Living with Illness). As we move into a New Year, I thought the title was appropriate. Most of us grew up with the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. Most of us discovered that we could not carry through with those directives to ourselves. This is yet another reason for the title of this article. God gives us so many opportunities to begin again. I do hope that as we await the dawning of the New Year, we see it as a moment in history to begin again with newfound energy, with new perspectives, and with a deeper appreciation and awareness of the power of God within us. I await the dawning of the New Year with new eyesight, and I give thanks to God for the insurmountable amount of grace received during 2021.

Mary Earle writes, “There is a child in each of us waiting to be born again. It is to those looking for life that the figure of the Christ, a child, beckons. Christmas is not for children. It is for those who refuse to give up and grow old, for those to whom life comes newly and with purpose each and every day, for those who can let yesterday go so that life can be full of new possibility always, for those who are agitated with newness whatever their age. Life is for the living, for those in whom Christmas is a feast without finish, a celebration of the constancy of change, a call to begin once more the journey to human joy and holy meaning.” These words are powerful for me personally through my experience this past year.

On January 1, 2021, I returned to the monastery from spending a few days in the country with friends. I returned with a spirit of joy. I was really anticipating getting back home so I could go for a ride on my brand new bicycle that the Sisters had given me as a Christmas gift. I remembered growing up and riding my bicycle for long distances. I recalled breathing in the fresh air and experiencing the beauty of nature as I rode through the countryside. I got on my new bicycle and rode up to the front of the monastery. I straddled my bike as I came to a stop and got off the bike only to turn around to steady the bike because there was a hose lying across the pavement. As I did this, I lost my balance and the bike slanted toward me, and I fell with the bike on top of me. I fell spread eagle and crushed my right wrist. It was so bad that I had surgery that very same day. I remember thinking, “What a way to start the New Year! Of course, I am right-handed so that made it doubly difficult. I remember thinking that it would be difficult, but that so many people face much more difficult situations, so I prayed for those suffering much worse as I continued to heal with the help of physical therapy and a good doctor. It took about six weeks to walk through that whole ordeal. Little did I know that that was the just the beginning of what would prove to be a difficult year.

By the middle of February, I was back to normal activities. All of this could have been so much worse. I expressed my gratitude to God for bringing me back to full health. Then early in March I experienced a hemorrhagic stroke followed by another stroke to my left side. I had had a stroke back in 1999 so having another stroke did not surprise me because the doctors told me the possibility existed that I might have another one. What did surprise me was where this stroke would take me! It was complicated by a UTI that I got while trying to recuperate from the stroke. God is good in that I have very little memory of exactly what happened as the time unfolded. I had to rely on family and friends to fill in the blanks of what I could not remember. I found myself in rehab for about eight months. People later told me that I had come very close to death. At one point, my family was called to come see me because it looked like I might not make it. My friends called a priest friend of mine to come and anoint me because they also felt that I was near the end. I do not recall any of this, but I know that I walked through this time with a constant awareness of the presence of God and a knowing that all would be well.

During those months, I had ample opportunity to reflect on illness, recovery, and blessings. I reread Mary Earle’s books on Living with Illness and Marvelously Made. I highly recommend reading these books if you are suffering with chronic illness or know of someone dear to you that suffers with chronic illness. Mary’s books reflect her own journey with illness and are written within the frameworks of St. Benedict’s Rule. They have been a real source of comfort for me.

My blessings began immediately with a barrage of get well wishes from family, friends, and acquaintances. I was touched deeply by the words expressed on the hundreds of cards I received. I was doubly blessed when my friends began to visit me even though they had to jump through hoops because of Covid restrictions. The staff commented on the amount of visitors I had saying they had never seen so many people come to visit one person. The longer I stayed, the more obvious all this became. Each visitor reflected God’s healing touch and each visit was a graced moment in time.

I also met some really precious people in rehab and realized that their family was not present to them for long periods of time. My heart went out to them, and my prayers included their intentions daily. I was very aware of God’s presence through each person that I spent time with. As I walked this time, I discovered what Thomas Merton meant when he wrote, “God is mercy within mercy within mercy.”

“Christmas is about finding life where we did not expect life to be.” I was given opportunity after opportunity to discover new life. I write today almost completely healed with the exception of a few more physical therapy appointments. I write with a grateful heart for the many blessings received through this whole ordeal. I look forward to this New Year and God’s blessing on it.

I would like to close this article with a prayer from Thomas Merton that Mary Earle uses. I find a great deal of comfort in his words. I wish each of you a graced filled New Year.

No Idea Where I Am Going
Thomas Merton

O Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going,
I do not see the road ahead of me,
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think
I am following Your will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe
That the desire to please You
Does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire
In all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything
Apart from that desire to please You.
And I know that if I do this
You will lead me by the right road,
Though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust You always
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear,
for You are ever with me,
and You will never leave me
to make my journey alone. Amen.
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Beautiful!!! ♥️

Thank you so much Sister Frances this truly touched my heart. A purpose is before us all and may we be guided to always please Him. 🥰

It is so wonderful to read your article and to know you are doing so well! Thank you for this and may God continue to bless us all!

Thank you, Sister Frances! Beautiful words coming from a beautiful heart!♥️

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Happy New Year! May All Be Blessed in 2022!

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Same to all of you! 💙

Happy New Year to all the Sisters, Oblates and Staff 🥰

Happy new year to you as well- Sister’s. May God give you a peaceful year

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you!

May you all be blessed in this New Year!

And a blessed new year to you!

Beautiful picture of your holy place. Happy New Year!!

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The Benedictine Sisters of Boerne gather around a picture of their Foundress, Mother Lidwina Weber, OSB, and a bouquet of 13 colorful roses representing each of the Sisters in community, to commemorate the 110th anniversary of their founding. Congratulations Sisters!

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Happy Foundation day to school of you!

Happy Foundation Day to all...(and I am so happy to see my former school mate standing there!) 💙

Glad to see Sr. Francis back home. Happy Foundation Day!

Blessings to you all. Happy Foundation Day.

Happy foundation day!!!

Hello! Blessings to you all especially to Sr Frances Briseno

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How wonderful

Happy foundation day. May God bless and keep you.

We hope you enjoy our December edition of our monthly e-newsletter! https://conta.cc/3lAInrj

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I wish you all a blessed and peaceful thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving to you all!!

Announcing Our Prioress Elect

On November 21, 2021, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Boerne, Texas elected Sister Bernadine Reyes, OSB as our Prioress. Sister Bernadine, who held the position of Prioress from 2001-2018, succeeds Sister Frances Briseño, OSB who suffered a stroke in March 2021.

For the past two years, Sister Bernadine has served as Director of Ministries and as a member of the Sisters’ Formation Team.  She currently serves on the Sam’s Kids Board in Boerne.

Sister Sylvia Ahr, OSB, who was appointed the community’s Administrator in April 2021, will remain Administrator until Sister Bernadine is officially installed as Prioress in early 2022.

Sister Elaine Fischer, OSB of Mt. St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas served as the election discernment facilitator.  Sister Lynn McKenzie, OSB of the Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, Alabama and President of the Federation of St. Scholastica presided at the canonical election.

Announcing Our Prioress Elect

On November 21, 2021, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Boerne, Texas elected Sister Bernadine Reyes, OSB as our Prioress. Sister Bernadine, who held the position of Prioress from 2001-2018, succeeds Sister Frances Briseño, OSB who suffered a stroke in March 2021.

For the past two years, Sister Bernadine has served as Director of Ministries and as a member of the Sisters’ Formation Team. She currently serves on the Sam’s Kids Board in Boerne.

Sister Sylvia Ahr, OSB, who was appointed the community’s Administrator in April 2021, will remain Administrator until Sister Bernadine is officially installed as Prioress in early 2022.

Sister Elaine Fischer, OSB of Mt. St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas served as the election discernment facilitator. Sister Lynn McKenzie, OSB of the Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, Alabama and President of the Federation of St. Scholastica presided at the canonical election.
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Wonderful and congratulations

Congratulations ❤️🎈

Congratulations!

Blessings

Wonderful ❤️

God’s blessings be upon her!

Congratulations! Such wonderful news and we are happy for you and the Sisters and certainly feel blessed. May the Spirit guide you as you move forward. Love sent your way 💝

Congratulations, you do a wonderful job

Congratulations and may God, thru his Holy Spirit, grant you wisdom, peace and love. Jim LoPresti

Congratulations!🎉

Congratulations!

Congratulations! God bless you.

Congratulations Sister Bernadine!

Congratulations Sister Bernadine!

Wonderful news!! Praying for Sister Bernadine!! 🙏🏼 🙏🏼 🙏🏼

Congratulations!!! Wonderful choice!!

Congratulations Sister Bernadine…

Congratulations sister Bernadine... God's blessings be upon her!!.... Maria valadez and Juan Padilla

Congratulations, great choice, very happy for this good news😘👍🙏

Congratulations Sister Bernadine! May you lead us in the light! ❤️

Congratulations and prayers of thanksgiving for your community!

Congratulations Sister Bernadine! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with all the sisters.

You are blessed sister 🙏🏼

Congratulations

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Benedictine Prayer Shawls Fundraiser! http://scholastica-celebration.org/shawls
Your participation in the auction of 10 prayer shawls during the week of November 15-22 will help support the Benedictine womens Federation of St. Scholastica Centennial Colloquium that is open to all followers of Benedict: women and men who are professed, oblates, or spiritual seekers. The Colloquium Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding will take place at Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS, AND virtually June 21-24, 2022. This will be a hybrid event, onsite and virtual, and registrations for both formats will be open soon.

Benedictine Prayer Shawls Fundraiser! scholastica-celebration.org/shawls
Your participation in the auction of 10 prayer shawls during the week of November 15-22 will help support the Benedictine women's Federation of St. Scholastica Centennial Colloquium that is open to all followers of Benedict: women and men who are professed, oblates, or spiritual seekers. The Colloquium Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding will take place at Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS, AND virtually June 21-24, 2022. This will be a hybrid event, onsite and virtual, and registrations for both formats will be open soon.
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BENEDICTINE SISTERS seek Part-time Administrative Assistant for our Boerne Ministries. Click the link below for more information. https://boernebenedictines.org/job-opportunities/

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Were glad to share our October e-newsletter with happenings in our Benedictine Community, including updates on all of our ministries. May all be blessed. Enjoy!   https://conta.cc/3B2RgiT

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Eternal Rest grant unto her Lord.

Sending my deepest condolences

Peace

Our deepest condolences. May she Rest In Peace.

Beautiful Rosary and Mass. My condolences to the Sisters.

Love and prayers ❤️

Love and prayers.

Our condolences 💐

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🙏

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The Benedictine Sisters Announce the Passing of Sister Germaine Marie Sutton, OSB. We thank you for your prayers. Please click on the link for additional information.  https://conta.cc/3nWkmNg

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So sorry for your loss. Eternal rest grant unto her Lord and your perpetual light shine upon her. May she Rest In Peace.🙏🏼✝️

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May she rest in peace! She gave her life serving God in teaching so many children!

May she rest in peace.

Rest In Peace Sister !!!

Prayers and love at this time. 🌈

Prayers

May sr. Rest In Peace

May she Rest In Peace 🙏

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We hope you enjoy our September e-newsletter, Reflections from the Hill. There are several things going on with the Sisters and our ministries as we prepare for a new season, and celebrate the Season of Creation -- September 1 - October 4, 2021. https://conta.cc/3k9xpsc

We hope you enjoy our September e-newsletter, "Reflections from the Hill". There are several things going on with the Sisters and our ministries as we prepare for a new season, and celebrate the Season of Creation -- September 1 - October 4, 2021. conta.cc/3k9xpsc ... See MoreSee Less

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