Reader’s Poem: Letters to a Young Poet

Go into yourself. Works of art are of an infinite solitude. Try to love the questions themselves and not lose too much time or courage in clarifying, for what is happening is worthy of your entire love. Perhaps what frightens you is helpless and wants your love. Act as the unique, unrepeatable being you...

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Reader’s Poem: Listening Point

Point of discovery, awareness of subtle undertones the cabin symbolizes a way of life. Will all places of quiet and beauty be altered? Look, listen, and the day’s confused hurrying slows down. Glimpse the slow moving cycles of growth and change. Catch the mystery as a place speaks of the unknown. The old wilderness leaves its sense of...

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Role Models and Resources: Harvesting Nature’s Wisdom

Thankfully, role models and resources abound. Poets, painters, teachers, farmers, and community leaders continue to explore new and important ways to, as I might name it, live and pray in relationship to God and creation. We are inspired by people and...

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Harvesting Nature’s Wisdom for Listening and Leading

This reflection about harvesting nature's wisdom began as a workshop presented at a conference for Spiritual Directors International in Toronto called "Into the Woods." Harvesting Nature's Wisdom Dependent upon screens and digital realities as we too often are, harvesting nature's wisdom...

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Reader’s Poem: The Startup Owner’s Guide

Thanks to the recommendation of Adam Gordon, President of Andaimo Games and adviser to the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery, I have already benefited from the entrepreneurial wisdom in this text The Startup Owner's Manual. The methods and principles, I am told,...

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Measured Speech: Speaking as though Every Word Mattered

This collection of simple exercises is based on a workshop by the same title originally hosted at the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery. The ideas draw from chapter three of Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership. I am grateful...

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Poem: Ice Break

On the far edge of winter a frozen lake quakes and groans as a warm sunrise hints at spring. Its slabbed topwater, fused by arctic nights, kept silent vigil until now. Hear the hard water whisper. Feel its echoed crack, the rumble of its low-pulsed boom. Wait in...

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Reader’s Poem: Till We Have Faces

Orual, the angry king’s homely daughter. Psyche, her lovely young sister. The people offered Psyche as bride to the Mountain God, where she lived a vision Orual could not see. Twisting love, Orual convinces Psyche to betray her groom. When the lamp reveals his beauty, Psyche is banished. The...

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Exercise in Scenario Building: a center for Benedictine living

Introducing a Scenario From time to time every institution needs to rethink how its mission will adapt to changing circumstances. Creating alternative scenarios, as an exercise, encourages people to imagine new possibilities free of constraints, fears, and doubts, while remaining...

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Leaning Into the Future: A Study of the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery

By Samuel Rahberg, Director of the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery 2675 Benet Road, Saint Paul, MN 55109 | srahberg@stpaulsmonastery.org | info@samuelrahberg.com First printed in The American Benedictine Review (65:1, March 2014) SETTING THE CONTEXT The Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery, like retreat...

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