Judith Valente is a retreat guide, speaker, award-winning journalist and author of four spirituality titles, including most recently How To Live: A Monk & A Journalist Reflect on Living & Dying, Purpose & Prayer, Friendship and Forgiveness, as well as two collections of poetry. She is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and covered faith and values for Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly on PBS-TV.
The online gathering "Being Benedictine in the 21st Century " brought together vowed members, oblates, volunteers, staff and others who see monastic spirituality as a vital source of healing for an unsettled world.
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.