In The News
October 18, 2018

St. Scholastica’s new monastery dedicated

St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith celebrated the addition of a new facility on Sunday.

In The News
September 20, 2018

Out with the old, in with the new! St. Scholastica Monastery wins a brand new copier from Preferred Office Technologies!

A Snippet..

Years have passed and the walls of the once pristine building have deteriorated, but that hasn't thwarted the sisters' commitment to the surrounding community. High on the hill the sisters continue to be a faithful presence and participant in the happenings of those around them.

Weekly Reflection - February 23, 2020

The Grain of Wheat
Sister Madeline Clifton

the grain of wheat
into the ground
and dies ...
it remains
just a grain of wheat...

It is my privilege
to be able to walk with you
to the valley of sickness,
to be present to your
strength in weakness
warmth in tears
humor in tragedy
logic in helplessness.

I experienced the holy
in a creative way.

I sensed a touch of the sacred
in the risk of feeling
the depths of despair
in the risk of surrendering
in the risk of letting go.

To permit
the grain of wheat
to fall
to die...
is to accept
the burden of being human
the joy born out of sorrow
the integration resulting from
pain and anguish
and inner turmoil.

It is to know
the wholeness
rising out of emptiness.
It is to fall into the arms
of the living God
of life and love
of support and sharing
of care and concern
from the doctors,
the nursing staff
the helpers and patients.

It is
to be caught up
in a healing community
in a community that sustains
the grain of wheat
as it falls...

Upcoming Retreat:
3-Day: Silent Directed Retreat

Begins and is Presented by Sr. Rachel Dietz, OSB

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This retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. It is a time to practice silence in order to make room for God to work in your life and by this, to strengthen your relationship with Him. In the silence you are better able to hear God’s invitation to open your heart and surrender your soul in a deeper way. Each day you will meet with a Spiritual Director to assist you in discerning God’s invitation and to offer suggestions to guide you during your silence. Cost: $300.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at the time of registration. Deadline for registration is January 16, 2020.

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