Two helpful tools on a spiritual journey

Two opportunities have struck me this past week as being helpful on a spiritual journey:

  1. There is a Benedictine monastery in my hometown of Middleton, Wisconsin, (recently named the #1 place to live by Money Magazine!).  The monastery recently became ecumenical, opening its doors to Christians of all faiths for the opportunity to live a communal, monastic lifestyle.  They have about 130 acres near Lake Mendota, a short drive from downtown Madison.  They currently have an opportunity for a 2-week to 2-month internship over the summer:

Benedictine Women of Madison is a monastic community who seeks God through a life following the Gospel and the Rule of Benedict. We weave prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth into our daily life and ministry. People of diverse views and cultures are welcome at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Our Benedictine community invites you to our home, a place of prayer and hospitality. You may come to pray with us in the daily Liturgy of the Hours, centering prayer, monthly Taize prayer or our ecumenical Eucharist on Sunday. We offer personal and group retreats, spiritual guidance and private hermitage experiences. Our oblates of Holy Wisdom Monastery are an intentional ecumenical community of women and men. A new group of oblates begins each year. Women and men of all ages are invited to volunteer on the land at the monastery. Hundreds of volunteer have supported the sisters’ efforts to restore more than 100 acres of prairie, wetland and natural surroundings. Our next community workday is Saturday, May 16, 2009.

Single women between the ages of 20 and 50 are invited to live at the monastery for between two weeks and two months from June 15 to August 15. Room and board are provided for each Volunteer in Community – a unique opportunity to experience monastic life through a daily rhythm of environmental work, prayer, community and reflection. We invite single Christian women interested in community life to explore our ecumenical Benedictine community. For more information about the ministry and activities of the monastery, call (608) 836-1631 or email monastery@benedictinewomen.org. You can also visit our Web site at www.benedictinewomen.org.

2. A second helpful tool are the reflections of Ed Hays, a writer for the National Catholic ReporterCheck this one out on the gay good Samaritan.

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