Spirituality and a Benedictine Education


Sister Veronica's A Benedictine Way of Living

Monday, May 21 Feast of St Christopher Magallanes, priest & Companions, martyrs

                                Giving thanks opens our eyes to our connections with others—we cannot thank God for the food we have and turn our backs on the hungry;

                                we cannot praise God for the bounty of our land and sea and close our eyes to the ways we abuse and pollute our soil and water.



Friday, May 18 Feast of St John I, Pope/Martyr

                We can create our own future through the amazing power of GRATITUDE.


Thursday, May 17 in the 7th week of the year

                Gratitude is the ALLELUIA of our existence, the praise that thunders through the universe as tribute to the ongoing presence of God with us even now.


Wednesday, May 16   in the 7th week of Easter

                God scatters surprises throughout our day—sudden bursts of sunshine on a dreary day, and unexpected hug, a friend at the door with a warm loaf of bread—may

                we accept them with grateful hearts.



Tuesday, May 15 Feast of St Isidore, farm-laborer

                Gratitude is contagious; we teach it by living it—every moment, every hour, every day.


Monday, May 14 Feast of St Matthias, apostle

                We sometimes forget that everything we have or will have comes from God.  Most of us don’t get that even our desire to pray or to do a good work comes from God.

                God is constantly reaching out to let us know we are beloved.



Friday, May 11 in the 6th week of Easter

                I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, for shingles to replace, for gutters to be cleaned because it means I have a HOME.


Thursday, May 10 Feast of St Damien de Veuster, the leper priestaq

                Gratitude embraces God’s joy—the beauty of colors, the diversity of people, the warmth of the sun, the miracle of birth and death.



Wednesday, May 9 in the 6th week of Easter

                Being grateful and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.



Tuesday, May 8 in the 6th week of Easter

                For the many people God has chosen to be with us on our life’s journey, we are grateful.



Monday, May 7 in the 6th week of Easter

                Each day is a gift of God’s grace.  It is this day that I need to focus on. It is full of possibilities and surprises.



Friday, May 4 in the 5th week of Easter

                Our gratitude always calls for action—a call to a lonely friend, a reply to an e-mail, a prayer for the hungry of the world.



Thursday, May 3 Feasts of St Philip & St James, Apostles

                Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, and a stranger into a friend.



Wednesday, May 2 Feast of St Athanasius, bishop/doctor of Church

                The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.





We commit ourselves to a life of gratitude—awakening daily to the wonder of God’s presence everywhere.

Text: “Live this life and do whatever is done in a spirit of thanks, praise and blessing.”   Prologue to the Rule



Tuesday, May 1 Feast of St Joseph the Worker

                If the only prayer you say in your whole life is “Thank you,” that will be enough.



Monday, April 30 in the 5th week of Easter

                Make room for yourself in your head—furnish it with memories of friends you can trust,

of insights you have gained from others, your love of learning—these memories will go with you wherever you journey.

Friday, April 27   in the 4th week of Easter

Love of learning is our most necessary passion...in it lies our happiness.  It is a sure remedy for what ails us and an unending source of pleasure.


Thursday, April 26 in the 4th week of Easter

We all learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions.


Wednesday, April 25 Feast of St Mark, apostle

Love of learning opens up a beautiful space in our inner life, a space for solitude to listen to the messages that come to us from God’s voice.



Tuesday, April 24   Feast of St Fidelis, priest/martyr

Love of learning helps me to see how kindness and good example are kept alive.



Monday, April 23 Feasts of St George, martyr; St Adalbert, bishop/martyr

Love of learning nourishes habits of attention and listening.  Attention and listening enable us to receive and understand the world around us and to conceive ways to transform and improve it.



Friday, April 20 in the 3rd week of Easter

Love of Learning makes me hungry to learn and humble enough to enjoy it.



Thursday, April 19 in the 3rd Week of Easter

We live in a family at home, at school and in the community so that we can learn how to pray, how to seek God, how to live with others and to learn the basics of becoming the human being God wants us to be.



Wednesday, April 18 in the 3rd week of Easter

Life is all about learning—we learn to trust, we learn to betray, we learn to live, we learn to die.



Tuesday, April 17 in the 3rd week of Easter

 Every person who passes through our life teaches us something.



Monday, April 16 in the 3rd week of Easter

Our teachers, parents, friends and God are in charge of our learning journey; if we work with them

they can help us shape our learning journey throughout our lives.



Friday, April 13 Feast of St Martin, Pope/martyr

 The why and how we arrive at what we know is just as important as what we know.


Thursday, April 12 in the 2nd week of Easter

Love of learning sparks the imagination.  It is through the imagination

that we reach beyond our present situation to the “why not” or the “not yet.”


Wednesday, April 11 Feast of St Stanislaus, bishop/martyr

The human imagination hungers for substance, for meaning; it must have something to chew on.

One of the primary tasks of teachers and parents is to feed the God-hungry imagination.



Tuesday, April 10 in the 2nd week of Easter

A balance of the WORD and SILENCE is essential for learning.  Our culture is so oriented toward word and so ignorant of silence that we must learn to shut out the noisy word so as to experience the power of silence.


Monday, April 9    The Annunciation of the Lord

Love of learning takes place in silence.  Silence allows the intellectual soil to be tilled and ready for planting seeds of ideas which will ultimately yield unexpected outcomes.


Friday, April 6      Friday in Easter Week

 Love of learning asks us to be open to thoughts and different points of view:  reflecting on these differences with an open heart and an open mind.


Thursday, April 5   Thursday in Easter Week

Love of learning means we are willing to ask questions, to try out new ideas, to continue to look for ways to discover the why and what for of all the mysteries around us.



Wednesday, April 4 Wednesday in Easter Week

Love of learning is a holy work that develops the skills and talents God has gifted us with

so that we might serve others and give praise to the Lord.          


Tuesday, April 3   Tuesday in Easter Week

Learning comes through listening:  listening to the voices around us and responding to the messages.



Monday, April 2 Monday in Easter Week

It is good to give thanks every day for our senses—sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch—these senses enhance our love of learning.



We commit ourselves to seek knowledge with a respect for and an appreciation of God, as Creator.


Text: “As the teacher gives the instruction, the student quickly puts it into practice out of reverence for God.”  Rule of Benedict 5



Friday, March 30 Good Friday—the day of the Passion and Death of the Lord

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  You know you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Jesus Christ you are serving.


Alleluia -  Christ has risen


The blessings of Easter to you all


Thursday, March 29 HOLY Thursday—the day of the Lord’s Supper

 A good steward works as partners with God in the redemption of the world.



Wednesday, March 28 Wednesday in Holy Week

In our communities we seek to create an environment conducive to mindfulness,

of awareness of God, of self, of one another,

of the sacredness of creation—a sacramental vision of the world.



Tuesday, March 27  Tuesday in Holy Week

 Stewardship involves legacy—we are to conserve and beautify the creation for future generations



Monday, March 26  Monday in Holy Week

 As stewards of God’s creation we are called to use our gifts to build

and create a better environment for those who come after us.


Friday, March 16 in the 4th week of Lent

We are stewards of all God gives us on earth and are called to give regularly a portion of these gifts to God’s service and for the needs of the poor who are so dear to God’s heart.



Thursday, March 15 in the 4th week of Lent

We are stewards of the Holy Gospel which we can show in three ways; we can receive the gospel with faith;

we can share the Gospel message with others; we can live the Gospel message.



Wednesday, March 14 in the 4th week of Lent

Our relationships with others are a gift from God; we show our stewardship for them by our example of loving and supporting them.



Tuesday, March 13   in the 4th week of Lent

 We are human beings created in the image and likeness of God who is “ultimate generosity.” We are stewards of and imitators of this “ultimate generosity.”




Monday, March 12  in the 4th week of Lent

As stewards we are to live out the great mission statement of the Church: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all people.”



Friday, March 9  Feast of St Frances of Rome, religious   A patron of Oblates

We are stewards of the Word of God;  we are to carry the Message of the Word to all nations.



Thursday, March 8 Feast of St John of God, religious

Health of body is a stewardship:  God gave us miraculous bodies

to be treated with loving care and respect so that we might accomplish his work on earth.



Wednesday, March 7 Feast of Sts Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs

Time itself is a stewardship:  we don’t know how much time we have on earth,

but God expects us to use the gift of time wisely on every activity throughout the day.



Tuesday, March 6 in the 3rd week of Lent

 A good steward serves God and the people he meets with the gifts God has given him

knowing that it’s not how much he has but what he does with what he has that is important.



Monday, March 5  in the 3rd week of Lent

God has made each of us a steward of his creation

and has given each of us unique abilities and talents to use in his service.



Friday, March 2 in the 2nd week of Lent

As stewards, we are managers of the affairs of God on earth.





We commit ourselves to care lovingly for the persons and goods of this place.

Text:  “Regard all...as sacred vessels of the altar.”   Rule of Benedict 31


Thursday, March 1  in the 2nd week of Lent

I am called to a life of stewardship—a life of reverence for every person I meet, a reverence for every tool I use, a reverence for the environment in which I live.



Wednesday, February 28  in the 2nd week of Lent

 Our lives get lopsided when we stuff them with too much activity; we get so packed down with things to DO that we have no time to BE.



Tuesday, February 27  in the 2nd week of Lent

The human imagination longs for substance, for meaning, for God.  Benedict’s simple lifestyle provides the harmony and balance to feed our God-hungry imagination.



Monday, February 26  in the 2nd week of Lent

A simple life-style includes prayer—prayer is a fulfillment of man’s destiny to sing the praises of the Creator.


Friday, February 23 Feast of St Polycarp, bishop/martyr

When we live according to Benedict’s simple lifestyle we can let go of our critical spirit, let go of the things we cannot change, let go of our resentments and our pride—let go of all these aspects of life that weigh us down.




Thursday, February 22 Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle

Living a simple lifestyle enables us to loosen our grip on material things; letting go of our stuff enables us to travel light, to leave baggage behind that we do not need.



Wednesday, February 21 in the 1st Week of Lent

Taking time for leisure enables us to sleep during the storms of life just as Jesus did in the boat when the winds raged around Him.



Tuesday, February 20 in the 1st week of Lent

We think that we reflect the divine image only in our activity—our work—but we reflect the divine image just as much in the sacredness of leisure.



Monday, February 19 in the 1st Week of Lent

In his Rule, Benedict set aside 3 hours a day for holy leisure—reading, reflecting and play.  Leisure has no purpose except to release and recapture the energy needed to be a truly healthy person.




Friday, February 16     Friday after Ash Wednesday

Our culture dictates that we should always be planning for the next event, and to never be content with what we have or where we are now.  Benedict’s dictates something different.  He says if we regulate our day with a rhythm of prayer, work, study and leisure we need not be anxious about what we should do next, but should let God rule the world His way and we will have fewer events to worry about if we let God be in control.



Thursday, February 15 Thursday after Ash Wednesday

St Benedict says praying (or should be) as natural as breathing, and as natural as the sun’s rising and setting; we breathe even when we sleep, so night time is a good time for praying.



Wednesday, February 14   St Valentine’s Day & ASH WEDNESDAY –THE BEGINNING OF LENT

Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; it is a time to ask ourselves what we can give up that will benefit others.



Tuesday, February 13  in the 6th week of Ordinary Time

 God does not expect us to soar every day; in fact, some days we may simply put one foot in front of the other and God keeps us from faltering.



Monday, February in the 6th week of Ordinary Time

God waits for me to look for the holy not beyond my daily life but in the very midst and sometimes mess of it.



Friday, February 9  in the 5th week of Ordinary Time

We need to give ourselves the gift of TIME.  If we open wide the door to our hearts, we will all have spaces, silences and open spaces for God and for me.



Thursday, February 8   Feasts of St Jerome Emiliani, soldier/priest; St Josephine Bakhita, virgin

Every person’s day should have time for just “doing nothing” but enjoying the sights and sounds around them—the whistling wind, the singing birds, the playing children and the sparkling sunrise and sunset.



Wednesday, February 7 in the 5th week of Ordinary Time

Living simply gives us time to calm down, breathe deeply and make some thought-out choices.



Tuesday, February 6  Feast of St Paul Miki & companions, Japanese martyrs

The life of PRAYER—personal and communal—is holy; STUDY—improving and enriching one’s knowledge—is holy; WORK—on a job or at home—is holy; LEISURE—renewing of mind and body—is holy. The whole balanced rhythm of life is holy.



Monday, February 5 Feast of St Agatha, virgin/martyr

Create space for God who invites you to choose a different way of living—a way of prayer and reflection

about the words and days that stretch before you.




Friday, February 2 Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple

Benedictine spirituality calls us to strive to live in that “state of enough”—not too little, not too much—a lifestyle with a rhythm of prayer, study, work and leisure.



Thursday, February 1 in the 4th week of Ordinary Time

The simplicity of the Benedictine lifestyle has to do with the living in the state of “enough.”

Benedict didn’t advocate living in a state of lacking, nor espouse living in excess, but rather living in a state of “enough,” a state of moderation.




We commit ourselves to be faithful in finding God in the ordinary circumstances of our life.

Text:  Benedict prescribed “nothing harsh, nothing burdensome” for his followers.   Prologue, Rule of Benedict



Wednesday, January 31  Feast of St John Bosco, priest/religious founder

The wise monk Benedict who told us “to receive guests as Christ” would probably tell us today:  In this fast food culture in which we live, we need to remind ourselves that some things cannot be done quickly.  “Hospitality takes time.”



Tuesday, January 30  in the 4th week of Ordinary Time

In the kingdom of God Jesus teaches that Hospitality is our compassion and forgiveness shown to those in need.




Monday, January 29  in the 4th week of Ordinary Time

Jesus is always bringing into our lives the persons he wishes us to welcome into our lives and hearts.



Friday, January 26  Feast of St. Timothy & Titus, bishops

Benedictine hospitality comes from correct vision, from seeing every person as a beloved child of God to be received without distinction.



Thursday, January 25  Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, the Apostle

Hospitality calls us to be the face of joy to someone who might be struggling today.



Wednesday, January 24, Feast of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop/Director of church

God wants to bring all of his children into his mercy and blessing, to unite all things in Christ in heaven and on earth. God's RADICAL HOSPITALITY wipes out every kind of exclusion.



Tuesday, January 23 Feast of St Vincent, Deacon/Martyr

People who practice hospitality are door-openers, conversation-starters, smile-givers.



Monday, January 22 - Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Hospitality is about presence—looking another human being in the eye and showing that you care.  We can’t pay back the love we have been given most of the time, but we can pay it forward, by passing it on to the next person I meet. 



Friday, January 19 in the 2nd week of Ordinary Time

Almsgiving and physical assistance are not sufficient to define hospitality; true hospitality involves face-to-face, gracious relationships of encouragement and respect.



Thursday, January 18 in the 2nd week of Ordinary Time

 Hospitality makes the Christian life both credible and inviting.



Wednesday, January 17 Feast of St Anthony, Abbot

In ancient cultures the relationship between host and guest was sacred; in practicing hospitality the host made the guest feel special, important and warmly welcomed into his family.



Tuesday, January 16 in the 2nd week of Ordinary Time

Benedictine hospitality calls us to make our home places of welcome where there is always room for one more at the table.



Friday, January 12 in the First Week of Ordinary Time

We would like to think that Benedictine monasteries and schools are "way stations of hospitality."



Thursday, January 11 in the First Week of Ordinary Time

Hospitality is receiving others like family, and communicating through your words and actions that they are well worth your time and effort.



Wednesday, January 10 in the First Week of Ordinary Time

Every person we welcome into our lives brings us gifts- some experiences, some insights and some new questions.



Tuesday, January 9 First Week in Ordinary Time

Real hospitality is making room in yourself for another person and forgetting about setting out your best china, linen napkins and crystal wine glasses.



Monday, January 8 Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Hospitality is the key to the everyday business of working, playing and praying together, of honoring the Christ in one another. 



Tuesday, December 19 in the 3rd week of Advent

God intends us for service, for leadership, for faithfulness to the Benedictine values that revere life and give it meaning- God calls us to go out to love and serve the world.



Monday, December 18 in the 3rd week of Advent

When we serve others with compassion and mercy, we touch that very holy part of ourselves- God's spirit within us- and we touch God's spirit in others.



Friday, December 15 in the 2nd week of Advent

When persons are in need, we all bear responsibility to be present- where there is poverty, we are called to be present to the poor in need, where there is social and political injustice, we are called to be present to those who are treated unjustly. 



Thursday, December 14 Feast of St John of the Cross, priest/doctor of Church

Following Jesus means that we have to keep walking on the ground, keep struggling, and keep moving out our own little world to become everyday pilgrims whom God can use to bring healing to a broken world.



Wednesday, December 13 Feast of St Lucy, virgin/martyr

We miss so many opportunities to serve others when we refuse to reach out to those different from ourselves.



Tuesday, December 12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our willingness to help other people, family, friend or stranger, is a gift from God.



Monday, December 11 Feast of St Damasus I, Pope

Our service to others is like the wind—ever-moving and ever moving others—reminding our brothers and sisters in Christ that the Lord is present even at those times when He seems invisible



Friday, December 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary responded to God’s call with a “yes.”   Sometimes we fail to respond to God’s call because we feel we don’t have the talent to do the task, but Jesus can take the talent we have and make it enough.



Thursday, December 7 Feast of St Ambrose, bishop/doctor of church

Sometimes serving others involves asking God to show us how to be channels of love and answers to the prayers of those who are waiting for healing in body, mind and spirit.  



Wednesday, December 6 Feast of St Nicholas, bishop

 Every kind act we do and every kind act we see another do are signs that reveal God is near.  Come, Lord Jesus.


Tuesday, December 5 in the 1st week of Advent

Sometimes the best way to serve is to pray for the people who are on life’s journey with us; prayer lifts others up to God’s good purposes.