St. Scholastica Monastery Fort Smith

Seeking God in our life togetherand enlivened by daily prayer,we respond to the needs of the people of Godin a spirit of hospitality, simplicity,and reverence for one another and all creation.

When there’s work to be done, the Sisters do their best to pitch in. As Pierre says, “not retired, restrung”; such beautiful insight that reflects the sisters’ never-failing work ethic. Here, Sisters Adrian and Barbara S. are busy preparing our Christmas cards. Happy day! 🎄

Our 2020 wall calendar is almost here! We appreciate everybody who has been patiently awaiting its arrival. Details about pre-order soon to follow! Thank you!

Elise Forst
Macrina Wiederkehr
Barbara Bock
Madeline Clifton
Hilary Decker
Pat Bolling
Kimberly Prohaska
Leslie Farley
Judith Timmerman
Rachel Dietz

On this first Sunday of Advent may something open in your heart that creates a pathway of longing. And on that path may you come to know the grace of waiting and hoping.

In the words of Sally Read: "What happens to us needs to mature in silence. It needs to take root in us and therefore become unshakable. It needs to find its place in the Reality of God . Because only then, in the illuminating context of the Creator's gaze, can we understand what something is and how it relates to everything else. We need to understand that we have worth without an audience; that we should not measure ourselves by the world's criteria: money, numbers, and what plays well to the crowd.

When you are waiting for God to come to you always know that his gaze is your spiritual oxygen..."

This first Advent candle is for YOU whoever you are. BE STILL as you inhale God's spiritual oxygen. Advent Blessings...

Let the Peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and BE THANKFUL. Colossians 3:15 ~~~ Happy Thanksgiving from your Sisters at St. Scholastica

On the eve of November 22, some of our Sisters enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal with Sisters and friends at Chapel Ridge. photo credits: Novice Faustina and Sister Judith Maria.

Some of our Oblates got really creative and designed a fruit and cheese plate using our Benedictine Cross. C S P B stands for the cross of our holy father Benedict. In Latin:
C (cross) S (holy/sacred) P (father) B (Benedict)
Crux Sancte Pater Benedicti

We have such amazing Oblates. We thank God for them! Take a feast on this tasty treat lovingly prepared by our Mary Adams. In all things may God be glorified!

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Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Gertrude the Great (1256-1302), a Benedictine nun of Helfta Abbey in Germany. She witnessed a great love of the Sacred Heart. Because our monastery is named after the Sacred Heart, our pioneer Sisters chose this window design of St. Gertrude as a model for us in being faithful to Jesus' love and sharing this love with all those we meet.

This window depicts St Gertrude with open hands encircling Jesus' heart within her. There is an openness which invites all to share in this love. The Latin words "Ipsi Soli" (His Alone) surrounds the heart and speaks of Jesus' total love in divine union.

"O God of love and gentleness,
O heart that abounds
with loving kindness
O heart that overflows with charity,
O heart that radiates pleasantness,
O heart full of compassion.
We thank you for your heart
full of love for us.
Invite us into your heart
that we may be totally transformed into love."
~from Exercises of St. Gertrude, adapted by Ruth Fox, OSB

May we take the image of the Sacred Heart with us throughout our day and ask St. Gertrude to open our hearts in total love to all we meet.

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We hope you can attend St. Scholastica's upcoming Silent Directed Retreat at Subiaco Coury House. To register, please visit sdr.stscho.org. Thanks so much and have a wonderful day!

Kindness

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed though the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

Naomi Shihab Nye

Kindness

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed though the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

Naomi Shihab Nye

#WorldKindnessDay

Ms Calico ended up at our House of Prayer in New Blaine and she needs a home. Anyone interested? St. Francis asked us to check with you. How's your heart for taking in someone who needs a home. She's friendly.

If you haven't stopped by to pick up a copy of Sister Macrina's book -- the gift shop is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 to 3:30 and Saturday, 12:30 to 3:30

Local author Elijah R. Owens will be guest speaker at St. Scholastica Monastery Wednesday night (Nov 6) 7:15. Owens is an author, an honor student and a sophomore attending Southside High School in Fort Smith. He is a member of the Future Medical Professionals of America and Future Business Leaders of America.
His book, “Feeling Blue: The American Republic” is a reflective analysis on the psychological state of America. We would love to see you here Wednesday evening. Let’s support our young thinkers.

On the Feast of All Saints our Sister Judith invited her students, from the Family Literacy Program at Sunnymeade Elementary, to the monastery for mass and brunch. It was a joy to welcome them.

For those of you in the Fort Smith area please mark your calendars for Sister Macrina Wiederkehr’s book signing at St. Scholastica Monastery on Sunday, November 3, from 2-4 PM. She will give a brief talk on her book at 2:45. Guests are invited to visit with the sisters and enjoy refreshments. The gift shop will be open to purchase your copy of The Flowing Grace of Now. We hope to see you there!

In one of Leonard Cohen’s songs/poems he has line that goes something like this: “There’s a crack in everything; that’s the way the light gets in.” (L. Cohen) As we pray for you, our friends, this day and for all those to whom we minister, we hold out that beautiful reminder about how the light gets through those broken places of our lives. Today hold out the broken vessels of your lives and remember the light. The brokenness allows you to be vulnerable and that is a beautiful gift.

Oblate Sunday October 20,2019 brings new moments that gift the Community of St.Scholastica Monastery. We welcome two new enrollments in our Oblate Program.
Congratulations to Sister Judith Weaver and Elizabeth Hebel as our newest enrollees! We are very happy to receive you today!
Sister Maria led the Oblates in the first of many chapters of the book 'Benedictine Promises for Everyday People' by Rachel Srubas.
We can't wait to see all our Oblates next month! Thank you to Sisters Hilary and Maria for your gifts that add to the life of our Oblate program.

Oblate Sunday October 20,2019 brings new moments that gift the Community of St.Scholastica Monastery. We welcome two new enrollments in our Oblate Program.
Congratulations to Sister Judith Wewers and Elizabeth Heible as our newest enrollees! We are very happy to receive you today!
Sister Maria led the Oblates in the first of many chapters of the book 'Benedictine Promises for Everyday People' by Rachel Srubas.
We can't wait to see all our Oblates next month! Thank you to Sisters Hilary and Maria for your gifts that add to the life of our Oblate program.

Hey all of you out there, on this delightful feast of St Teresa of Avila, first woman to be named DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH, we would like to encourage you to look inside your own soul and meet the mystic and saint who lives in you.

St. Teresa was so real, charming and passionate for God and people...she may be a kindred spirit. Happy Feast Day!

Thank you, Bookish, for a lovely afternoon 🙏🏼

Sister Macrina’s newest book is a year long devotional that helps us understand the teachers who are all around us. We must say, listening to her, allowing her to teach us this afternoon, has been rejuvenating and humbling. We are so fortunate to have such wisdom and kindness working in our community. #theflowinggraceofnow #bebookishfs #readlocal @st.scholasticamonastery

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Journaling lead Sister Macrina Wiederkehr to ninth book - Arkansas Catholic - October 7, 2019

Please don’t forget to join Sister Macrina at Bookish today at 2 PM for a reading and book signing! Fresh home-baked cookies to accompany 🙂📚🍪☕️

arkansas-catholic.org Prayer time, journaling influenced Sister Macrina's ninth book

Contemplative Monk

Today is International Day of the Girl. Let us support one another. #GenerationEquality

To celebrate International Day of the Girl 👧 we are honored to announce that one of our benefactors will MATCH YOUR DONATION NOW THROUGH THIS WEEKEND! 💖 Please follow the link below 👇 and make your donation 🤝 today! Gracias! 🙏

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To celebrate International Day of the Girl 👧 we are honored to announce that one of our benefactors will MATCH YOUR DONATION NOW THROUGH THIS WEEKEND! 💖 Please follow the link below 👇 and make your donation 🤝 today! Gracias! 🙏

http://bit.ly/guatamala-donations

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery would like to add our name to the list of those who are advocates for children. Oh God of Compassion, hear our prayer...

Join us on Wednesday, October 2, at 7 PM, at St. Scholastica Monastery to watch The Human Element. This documentary from the producers of Racing Extinction, The Cove, and Chasing Ice, captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element relays captivating stories from coast-to-coast, inspiring us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world.

We are so proud of Sister Rosalie and Oblate Kathy! They each received an award from the River Valley Church Women United on September 20 in recognition for their humanitarian work. 💜

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After the rain—Saturday turned out to be a perfect day to thank our employees and volunteers with a picnic under the carport. Even rain would not have prevented this ceremony of thanks. How important it is to be grateful to those who have been and are a blessing to us. We also rejoice in the services of the Knights of Columbus who gave us a very necessary helping hand.

Celebrating our employees and Volunteers of St. Scholastica Monastery! We enjoyed a lovely picnic, sharing, games and tour of our guesthouse. We are blessed by all of you! Special thanks to all who helped with the day and especially to our Fort Smith, Knights of Columbus! (Video 2) (Photos by the Sisters of St. Scholastica)

The sun rose over St. Scholastica Monastery yet again today. Such a blessing is this life!

Thank YOU to everybody who came out and shared in the joy of our new home yesterday!

We are very excited to welcome everybody to our new monastery this Sunday from 1:30-4:00 PM. Bring your family and friends. All are welcome in our new home. Refreshments provided.
#SimplyBenedictine

Elise Forst
Kimberly Prohaska
Madeline Clifton
Hilary Decker
Rachel Dietz
Judith Timmerman
Kat Jarv
Debbie Bentley
Jennifer Burchett

[09/06/19]   Reminder that Oblate Sunday is this weekend, Sept. 8, and NOT Sept. 15. See you in a few days. Hope you can make it!

Blessings to all of our partners who make this scholarship program possible!

Our GEMS were shining brighter than ever when we saw them during our visit this summer. Here are a few pictures featured in the latest GEM Report. Blessings to all of our friends who make this scholarship program possible.

In the rule of St. Benedict we are told that we shall truly be monks when we live by the labor of our hands. This is followed by the admonition that we should do all things with moderation which is a gentle reminder to be sensitive to those among us who are fainthearted. (Chapter 48) There is a little ‘monk’ in each of us who longs to continue to build up the work of creation. Reflect on your hands today and the sacred nature of work. In Chapter 31 of the rule we are asked to treat everything as though it were a vessel of the altar. Reflect on this today as you use your hands for the simple tasks of this day.

Blessings to all our generous donors and to our sisters who continue to work so diligently on behalf of others.

HELLO OUT THERE FRIENDS OF ST, SCHOLASTICA. We thought you might like a good thought for the day.

Do you smell that heavenly aroma? That's Sister Madeline Bariola's banana bread! She also made banana nut bread, zucchini bread, and zucchini nut bread. My, what a lovely day!

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Prayer as Mystery – Macrina Wiederkehr

For your reflection today...

macrinawiederkehr.com Home Uncategorized Prayer as Mystery UncategorizedPrayer as Mystery By Macrina Wiederkehr - August 28, 2019 14 0 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Prayer is a Mystery that no words can explain. Sitting in our small Blessed Sacrament chapel here at St. Scholastica Monastery late at night, a...

Today St. Monica, Tomorrow St. Augustine: mother and son!
We have great saints here---and in each of us is the potential to be a saint. Perhaps the best known quote from St. Augustine is: YOU HAVE MADE US FOR YOURSELF AND OUR HEARTS ARE RESTLESS UNTIL THEY REST IN YOU.

Many of us will recognize that as true. Happy Feasts!

Last weekend two Benedictine Sisters from Indiana who were on their way to the US/Mexico border stopped by St. Scholastica. Our Sister Rosalie delivered them supplies that were contributed by our friend Maria Cabrera. We pray for our traveling sisters and that their work be fruitful.

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Large Used Business Phone System

If you know anybody who is interested in purchasing business phones, please contact our monastery. We have many available!

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fortsmith.craigslist.org I have a fairly large phone system that I would like to get rid of as we have upgraded to VoIP phones. 24 Small Phones 16 Large 1 Receptionist Phone 3 Brand New New Line Cords (Large Box) 5 Older...

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