Judith Valente is a former news correspondent for PBS -TV, a poet, retreat guide, and author of several spirituality titles, including How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community and Atchison Blue, her memoir of time spent with the Benedictine sisters of Atchison, Kansas, before becoming an Oblate in 2013. Her latest book, How to Be: A Monk & a Journalist Reflect on Living & Dying, Purpose & Prayer, Forgiveness & Friendship will be out in November.
GSR Today - Without the structures we previously depended on, we've had to cultivate new understandings of our cherished Benedictine values of stability, community, hospitality, prayer and listening.
Benedictine Sr. Thomas Welder leaves an indelible handprint on the hearts of those lucky enough to have known her of what it means to be a servant, a leader, a person of faith and exemplary human being.
There are people we encounter who transform our lives. We meet them by a grace that we neither expect nor deserve. For me, Benedictine Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, who died April 24 at age 80, was one of those people.
For four years, I've been a part of the American Benedictine Academy, which works to pass on Benedictine values. Our biennial conference this year celebrated modern "artisans of the monastery." It brought together more than 100 artists, writers, musicians, craftspeople and art appreciators at St. Benedict Monastery in Minnesota, including a large number of oblates.