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During the past week, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly have been spending quite a bit of time together. I cannot recall any time that we have spent this much time together.

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Whenever new members come to our community, they study Benedictine history and especially the history of Mount St. Scholastica. Recently, I was teaching about something in our history that is not generally well known outside of our own monastery. As we all know, there are periods in history …

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in this column about Jesus’ parable about the seed that was sown in good soil and that which could not thrive because of poor placement or weeds. As we continue reading that gospel chapter, we have three more parables when one probably would have been enough. W…

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Last Sunday, we heard a reading from the Matthew 13: 1-23, in which Jesus tells the parable of the man who went out to sow seed. Some fell in places where it failed to grow and some into good soil where it yielded a rich harvest. I began to think about the life of seeds. I heard a sister ask…

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Every year, the feast of St. Benedict is celebrated on July 11 who was born in the year 480. At that time, there were many people on the move. Former world powers were weakening and losing control. There was a lack of moral authority in the leadership and there were large and small wars in m…

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I am not a theologian, schooled in scripture, just someone who wants to look at situations from sitting in the presence of God and reading scripture. Last Sunday’s gospel was Matthew 10:37-42. In it, Jesus says to the disciples: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of m…

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TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), has issued its list of public health advisories for Kansas lakes due to blue-green algae.

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Many times in the Old and New Testaments of the bible, God or Jesus tell the people to have no fear. In the gospel of Matthew, chapter 10, verse 26, Jesus tells his disciples, “Fear no one.” Fear is a powerful emotion. In fact, according to Goodreads, on the internet there are 7807 different…

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Only a few Christian denominations pay much attention to the notion of saints, but all Christians, and those of some other faith traditions as well, acknowledge a belief that the spirit of a person can continue after death in some form. We also recognize that there are people who show great …