Re-Entry in the World by Mary Elizabeth Ilg Summer has returned to Minnesota after an extremely dark and lonely winter. Following the gentle tulips of spring, perennial gardens have now exploded in a pageantry of color, and the frilly pink dresses of peonies. Recently, there have been many days of oppressive, record-breaking heat. What could…Read more
About: Mary Elizabeth Ilg
Mary has a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. In 2021, she became an Oblate of St. Paul's Monastery and also joined the Benedictine Center staff: It is an honor to begin a new position as Co-Director/ Office Manager of the Benedictine Center as we re-open our doors to the sacred threshold of the Monastery, after a long hiatus. I am grateful to work in such a peaceful setting, where faith and daily life intersect. The beautiful silence of contemplative prayer surrounds us here, and we are excited to share this space with you again. I have been privileged to attend many retreats at the Benedictine Center, and we hope that the past programs we enjoyed will return in the near future. I have especially benefited from learning the practice of Centering Prayer during a retreat in 2019. This is one of many ways that guests can deepen their relationship with God and enrich their spiritual lives profoundly. I pray that all who enter here to find a respite from the noise and chaos of the world will come to know the peace which passes all understanding. I look forward to serving the Sisters of Saint Paul’s Monastery as they continue their outreach of bringing Benedictine spirituality to the Twin Cities, and with the charism of hospitality, welcoming all guests as Christ.
Recent Posts by Mary Elizabeth Ilg
Lectio Divina Transformation “CONSIDER THE RAVENS; THEY DO NOT SOW OR REAP, YET YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER FEEDS THEM.” What was on my mind at that time was scarcity. Fear. Economic insecurity. In 2017, I lost my 27-year job as an office manager for an engineering consulting business when my former employer suddenly died. I was…Read more
Desire, Perseverance, Making Our Way Reflections from the Monastic Retreat On a Sunday evening in mid-June, the annual Community Retreat began at St. Paul’s Monastery. The Sisters assembled in their usual places in the glowing Chapel, lit by the summer sky in the clerestory windows, joined by several Oblates, Benedictine Associates, and me. The white…Read more
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