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Weekly Reflections
July 27, 2014


--Madeleine Larue, a guest Mother Meinrada Hermitage Hesychia House of Prayer 7/19/2014

On that last morning
Will we have given praise?
Will we have remembered to be grateful?
Will we have lived the day
as though it were our last--
not knowing that it is,
not caring that it might be,
but mindlessly ignoring that all is gift,
and focused in worry on all we lack?
How can we feel deprived
when nature overflows?!
Enough seeds in just one flower
to fill the flowerbed again.
So many blossoms on the mimosa
that hummingbirds can't drain the nectar,
no matter how fast they flit,
how quickly they sip.
Will we have our noses
so stuck to a grindstone
we won't fathom a regret
that we've missed our last sunset?
God, please forbid!
Please forgive!

Sr. Christine Eckart enters Eternal Life

Sr. Christine Eckart's Obituary

July 16, 2014

Sr. Columba and Sr. Dolorita Enter into Eternal Life

Sr. Columba Moseley's Obituary

Sr. Dolorita Thompson's Obituary

May 15, 2014
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  • June 13-14, 2014! Come & See Weekend
  • July 10-14, 2014! St. Scholastica Summer Discernment Retreat
  • August 8-10, 2014! Come & See Weekend
  • September 12-14, 2014! Come & See Weekend
  • October 17-19, 2014! Come & See Weekend
  • November 14-16, 2014! Come & See Weekend
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Seasons of Your Heart

September 7-13, 2014 presented by Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB

In our time together we will explore the spiritual seasons of our lives. Like the seasons that pass over our fields, the heart, too, has its seasons. We will be reflecting on those moments that grow out of our daily listening to God in the changing seasons of our lives. Drawn from her popular book, “Seasons of Your Heart,” each day we will celebrate a new season. (1) The season of wonder: taking off your shoes (2) The season of hope: standing on tiptoe (3) The season of love: washing feet( 4) The season of mystery: racing to the tomb, and (5) The season of faith: walking with strangers. Cost: $500.00. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is needed at the time of registration. Lodging and meals are included in the price.

2015 Silent Directed Retreat
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Silent Directed Retreat

3-Day: January 8-11, 2015 ($235); 5-Day: January 8-14, 2015 ($385); 8-Day: January 8-17, 2015 ($575)

This Retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This retreat is a time to practice silence in order to make room for God to work in your life and by this to strengthen your relationship with Him. In the silence you are better able to hear God’s invitation to open your heart and surrender your soul in a deeper way. Each day you will meet with a Spiritual Director to assist you in discerning God’s invitation and to offer suggestions to guide you during your silence. The Retreat opens with dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 and ends after lunch on Sunday for the 3-Day and after morning liturgy for the 5-Day and the 8-Day. Lodging and meals are included in the price. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration.

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