The Rule for Disappointed Idealists

claudia receives Rule

Sister Claudia Scharf, OSB receives a copy of the Rule of Benedict in her entrance ceremony at the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, Illinois.

By Amy Carr

I’ve come to believe that the Rule of Benedict is about a way of living with the failure of our ideals to manifest in fully satisfying ways.

Like many oblates, I have always been drawn to the visionary –especially to pondering what kind of world around us we could make, and seeking to make it real in the company of others. Continue Reading

Oblate Advisory Board meets

oblate boardLeft-to-right front row:  Laura Cain and Jean Wolf; back row:  Jan Weyhrich, Sister Ruth Ksycki, Deena Pavinato, Toni Wilken, Nancy Houston

By Sister Ruth Ksycki, OSB

On July 15, 2016 the Oblate Advisory Board met to continue working on Future Planning for the Oblate Program as part of the Strategic Planning the Sisters are doing.  Continue Reading

Walking with the Wise Men

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By Amy Carr

Two days before Christmas, I held a friend’s four day old infant boy in my arms shortly after a tornado appeared in our west central Illinois county — amid a strange mix of sunshine, rain, moving mountains of fraying clouds, and a bright moon sturdily declaring itself as the clouds scurried aside and the sky deepened towards blue dusk.

I am thinking of the wise men. Continue Reading