Concise Silence

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For those of us called to an anchoritic life, the silence of solitude teaches interior repose and perseverance in prayer, turning towards the Spirit within as the sunflower turns towards and follows the sun. The perspective and peace brought of silence is, rarely, an opened parcel in daily life. We twirl about stepping over it, [Read More...]

I’m Having Trouble with Penance

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I am always eager for Lent to begin, literally so for the lengthening of days, and also for the increase of Light in my soul.  It was during those holy weeks before Easter that significant life changes occurred. The most recent event was becoming a Benedictine oblate. In years past my offerings to God were [Read More...]

St. Benedict’s Soup

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It was the weekend before I was to make my final profession as a Benedictine Oblate. I wanted to honor St. Benedict in a personal way and created this soup as a briw.  In Old English the briw was the evening meal of soup or broth—a lighter fare, with the heavier meal consumed in the [Read More...]

Benedictine Cross Kerfuffle

Rodney Campbell, St. Benedict Monastery, Cloister, Oxford, MI

Nine months before my final profession as a Benedictine Oblate, I began the search for the crucifix I would wear for the rest of my life—the crucifix that would accompany me into the grave. Growing up I had always wanted to be a nun, not a Sister. I ached to be a nun who wore [Read More...]

Dyed Orchids and Dying to Self

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In the west window atop the stairs are shelves for growing houseplants, one being a white phalaenopsis orchid. I am drawn to the simple elegance of its white flowers along a gently arching stem. Shopping at Meijer’s a few days ago I walked through the florist section. On a three tiered table were white orchids [Read More...]

Equus Passage 6/4

Your most fundamental obedience to God may be acceptance of yourself – yourself as you are, with all your particular strengths and weaknesses, your gifts and limitations, all the baggage you carry from your remote and immediate past, all that your life has made you.  This person is what God wants, and you must want [Read More...]


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