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Community Retreat Reflection – June 2022

Community Retreat Reflection Written by Benedictine Center Staff On June 13, 2022, the Monastic Community gathered in the dining room of St. Paul’s Monastery for their annual week-long retreat, led by Father Matt Linn, SJ: “The Beatitudes: Key to Peace and Healing in the Worst of Times in our Benedictine Spirituality.”  The Oblates of St.…
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Still Life With Moon

Still Life With Moon Mary Elizabeth Ilg, Co-Director, Benedictine Center On Sunday, May 15, everything seemed to change; there was some kind of transformational shift.  After six months of winter, it was finally spring in Minnesota with green buds on the trees, blue sky, and a cavalcade of tulips. I went for an afternoon drive to…
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Taking Time Away – Mary Elizabeth Ilg

It has been a while since I have gone on retreat.  That’s okay—we’ve been pretty busy re-opening the Benedictine Center and getting things off the ground after being closed for eighteen months during the pandemic.  The Benedictine Center re-opened on September 1, 2021 and we have been very happy to see many of our guests…
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Seeing God Virtual Exhibit 2022 | All Artwork

Seeing God Virtual Exhibit 2022 Enjoy this year's virtual exhibit! We invite you to pause with each image as if you were walking our Gallery at St. Paul’s Monastery and read the artist’s statement about their piece. This exhibit will be shown at St. Paul’s Monastery throughout February and March. Seeing God Virtual Exhibit 2022:…
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In Certain Expectation by Kathy Fleming

Advent has a beautiful simplicity to it that reminds me to turn again toward home; a coming back to myself. It is the only time of the year in Minnesota that always coincides with the change in seasons outside my front door. The trees are bare, and the winter garden is asleep. Winter snow has…
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Visual Prayer: The Interfaith Artists Circle

Visual Prayer: The Interfaith Artists Circle 2021 Our current art exhibit is VISUAL PRAYER.  Visual prayer is the creative exploration and expression of prayer through images. Although this is a contemporary concept, there is a long history of using art in worship – including illuminated religious books. We are excited and honored to host the work…
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Gratitude

Gratitude Tod Twist A few years ago, a friend was talking about the role of adversity in life, and he quipped, “So you made plans and they worked out—not much spiritual growth there.” He was channeling every coach I’ve ever had—ever. Everyone knows that the key to anything is pressing through challenge and adversity. We…
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Seeing What’s There

My wife has this plant from South Africa—a “bush lily” or something like that—and it only blooms when the temperature and light are juuuust right. When the flowers happen, though, they look unreal to me; like God gave some kid the box of cosmic crayons and said to have fun. I call them “the cartoon…
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Benedictine CARE Wellness Program

NEW Benedictine CARE Wellness Program Launching in September! Written by Teri Rose, OBlSB The pastor walks over to the elder and asks: “Why is it our place to talk about wellness, can’t we leave that to the doctors?” The elder replied: “Because care for the Temple itself must include those that know where to point…
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Father Matt Linn, SJ

Benedictine Associate's Reflection on Father Matt Linn, SJ Written by Sister Karen Sames, OSB, Benedictine Associates Director The Benedictine Associates are in the midst of transitions. Whether it is changing our permanent address or changing semesters at school, or changing to cabin schedules. We have daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly transitions. By the grace of…
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Easter Blessings from the Benedictine Center

Easter Blessings from the Benedictine Center Written by Mary Elizabeth Ilg, Co-Director of the Benedictine Center [caption id="attachment_11739" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Photo from Catholic News Agency[/caption] EASTER BLESSINGS from the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery! May the power of the Risen Christ transform your lives and fill your hearts with peace and joy. Several of…
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The Spirit is Very Much Alive!

The Spirit is Very Much Alive! Written by Travis Salisbury, OblSB Last month witnessed the celebration of two Benedictine feast days: St. Frances of Rome, and the Transitus of St Benedict. St. Frances of Rome is celebrated by the Church on March 9. She is the patron saint of oblates—in addition to being patron of…
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Signs of Spring: The School of Lectio Divina

Signs of Spring The School of Lectio Divina Written by Tod Twist Springtime is an acquired taste in the upper Midwest—the warm days with their buds and blossoms team up alongside the surprise snowfalls and the grey rain for a package deal. The Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery had a long-awaited taste of Spring…
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Seeing God Virtual Exhibit 2022 | Group 5

Seeing God Virtual Exhibit 2022 | Group 5 Enjoy this year's virtual exhibit! We invite you to pause with each image as if you were walking our Gallery at St. Paul’s Monastery and read the artist’s statement about their piece. This exhibit will be shown at St. Paul’s Monastery throughout February and March.  VIEW ALL…
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