Judith Valente is an oblate of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas. She is a journalist, poet and author of several spirituality titles. Her most recent book, How to Be: A Monk and a Journalist Reflect on Living and Dying, Purpose and Prayer, Forgiveness and Friendship, will be out Nov. 1, 2021, from Hampton Roads Publishers.
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.