Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Endless Search for Wisdom

Every spiritual seeker I know searches for wisdom.

In 2006 the prioresses of the 50 US monasteries that make up the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses released a 75-page booklet, Wisdom from the Tradition: a statement of North American Benedictine Women in Response to Our Times. This is, also, the overarching theme of our retreat.

Here is one of the last paragraphs which, I think, sums up the basic posture of this wisdom search for Benedictines in the 21st century.

"The wisdom to be found in the Rule of Benedict and in our living tradition offers God-seekers an alternative way for present and future generations to live together in mutual care.

Life lived according to the Rule can create communities that are leaven on every continent, able to lift up the confused, the fearful and the despondent.

In the tradition's timeless invitation that we respect, respond to and care for one another, we are taught how to protect the young, the old and the sick while providing for all according to their needs.

Benedict's message is straightforward and clear: rather than pursuing what you judge is better for yourself, choose what is better for others and the common good."

Beautiful weather has enabled much time for outdoor quiet and reflection.

Photo by Bernadette Sullivan, OSB