Ancient Ways for Modern Times, Part 1
What Benedictine Spirituality offers a 21st Century Pilgrim
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What is Benedictine spirituality? And how can it be a model in our chaotic, confusing, fast-paced world?
Today Steve is talking with Sister Mary Colleen Schwartz from Benet Hill Monastery, a Benedictine Monastery in Colorado Springs, CO that follows the teachings of St. Benedict. St. Benedict recognized that prayer, work, study, and leisure, while in community, could create a mechanism to seek Christ authentically. Listen as Steve and Sister Mary Colleen unpack what that means for each of us, and how to live an integrated and contemplative life.
Today’s Guest - Sister Mary Colleen Schwartz
Years ago, Mary Colleen’s grandmother suffered a stroke. She would visit her in the hospital to help feed her. The other nurses would tell her, “You know, you have a knack for this.” After having surgery on her own knee, a priest asked her, “Why don’t you think about nursing?” So, she became a nurse and worked in the field for 33 years. As her spirituality grew, her nursing took on a new focus – seeing God in others.
Mary Colleen finds a wonderful melding of service and spirituality.“I have such love for these sisters. I give and serve them through the compassion and wholeness of Christ for the common good of this community – which is mine. Community is living what you do for Christ. Keep seeking God, learning about self, surrendering always. Is it easy? No. Is it what I want? Yes.”
We are offering this beautiful sculpture created by today’s guest Scott Stearman. It shows the hands of the master potter touching and guiding the hands of the apprentice. It’s a lovely piece that tells the story of each of our spiritual formations. Go to the link below to learn more, see pictures and video, as well as purchase one for yourself, a friend, or a family member.
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast
Benet Hill Monastery – Learn more about Sister Mary Colleen’s Monastery
Moment to Breathe – Slow me Down Lord by Wilferd A. Peterson
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Special Offer from Potter’s Inn
We want all our Podcast family to know about the release of “Soul Tending” the dramatic sculpture showing the story of our lives in clay and the hands that shape us. You can listen to the podcast, Episode 22 where Steve talks to Scott Stearman, who sculpted this wonderful piece of art.
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