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  • This past weekend I visited a monastery run by Sisters of Benedictine to help me reflect and renew as I leap into 2012.

    As we pulled up I saw yellow realty signs in front of the homes of the monastery and found out that they church that has owned it for many, many years, has decided to sell and close it down.

    It sounds normal, like a business closing.

    Until you mean Sister Benedicta, the nun who has been the spiritual director of the monastery for 25 years.

    25 years of caring for a place, and caring for people in simply yet profound ways.

    25 years of noon and evening prayers in their chapel.

    25 years of passing the same meaningful icons, rituals, and seeing the life poured back into people’s souls.

    Sister Benedicta is over 70 years old and has been a nun since she committed to the ministry when she was 16, that is a serious leap. The sweetness in her voice as she prays, reads scripture, or dishes out love and acceptance while playing dominoes after dinner all has the unction of a deep spiritual intimacy brought about by daily simple devotion.

    I can only hope that I’m as devoted to the things I care about, that my passion runs that long, that it becomes simple devotion and a well of deep faith brought built day by day.
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