Weeds Among the Wheat

by Sister Meg Sass Puff balls of thistle down Rise above the golden heads; Both run with the north east breeze. One floats high on summer’s air Spreading destruction everywhere Sucking up water and sun, Clogging up combines, yellow and red Smothering the fields, tangling the stems, Feeding the birds of blue heaven. The other

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In Memoriam: Sister Theresa Mary Stroeing, OSB

October 5, 1915 ~ August 14, 2017 “Be faithful to prayer and the Divine Office. And love each other.” Sister Theresa Mary Stroeing, OSB, was born into eternal life at 11:22 a.m. on August 14, 2017, at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho. She was 101 years old and had been a Benedictine

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Raspberry Festival a Day for Community

The 25th Annual Raspberry Festival began with nearly seventy runners and walkers who took the 8 a.m. course toward Keuterville and back in the Fun Run & Walk. The event was followed by a pancake breakfast and the opening of the Arts & Crafts Fair, art show, car show, Museum, and kids’ carnival. There was live music

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Monk School — For Anyone

“Living as a Monk in Everyday Life” with Sister Teresa Jackson is a nine-month Benedictine spirituality cohort program at Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. It begins with a week-long retreat October 2-8, 2017. Sister Teresa was inspired to create the program several years ago after observing the number of lay people who

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Prioress’ Reflections on the Feast of St. Benedict

First Reading: 1 Kings 17:17-24 Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 34:6, 1-2, 5-6, 15, 17-18 Second Reading: Acts 9:36-41 Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28 Good morning, everyone. Happy Feast of St. Benedict, our patron! At morning prayer we had the wonderful story of Benedict raising to life, by means of prayer, the dead son of a peasant, who was

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Sharing Hope: Monsignor Andy Schumacher

“Hope is an attitude of the heart which tells me God is present in our world,” says Monsignor Andrew (Andy) Schumacher. “We must give hope to one another.” The Benedictine sisters and Msgr. Andy have been in a relationship of sharing hope since he was a boy. He was taught by the sisters and the

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Meet a Mystic: Saint Basil the Great

The rooms in Spirit Center are named for famous mystics and monastics. Each Canticle features one of them. Saint Basil the Great (330-379) was a theologian who also had a vital and visionary grounding in ministry. He supported the Nicene Creed, was a famous preacher, and became bishop of Caesarea. He cared for the underprivilged,

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