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Episode 005: All Is Gift

Love is the “burning heart” of St. Augustine’s theology. Love determines all of our human existence and is the greatest of the gifts of the Spirit. The image of the heart also expresses St. Augustine’s characteristic emphasis on interiority— on the inner self, where God is present. | Statue of St. Augustine designed and created by Josef Albl of Albl Oberammergau woodcarvers in Germany

Love is the “burning heart” of St. Augustine’s theology. Love determines all of our human existence and is the greatest of the gifts of the Spirit. The image of the heart also expresses St. Augustine’s characteristic emphasis on interiority— on the inner self, where God is present. | Statue of St. Augustine designed and created by Josef Albl of Albl Oberammergau woodcarvers in Germany

Every good and perfect gift comes from above.

—St. James

Quite a statement—all is gift. It’s rather easy to understand when life is rolling along and everything is going our way. But what about the times life is challenging—filled with disappointment, discomfort, and difficult choices? How are these gifts and where is God and God’s Grace in all of this?

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Episode 004: Intentional Advent

Winter Panorama

“As a first-year novice spending Advent at the abbey, I simply felt calmer than I ever had. I realized that this is what Advent can look like if I’m more intentional.” —Frater Johnathan Turba, O. Praem.

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. This time of year, everything in our culture screams Christmas. But what about Advent—a time of prayer and preparation?

After all, the season of Christmas actually begins on Christmas day, but these wonderful weeks beforehand are meant for us to prepare, intentionally, for the celebration of the Mystery of God Incarnate.

As we look at our lives, how are we preparing for the coming of our Lord? What does prayer and contemplation look like for us during these extraordinarily busy days? Take a few minutes to reflect on the importance of intentional prayer and silence during this sacred season.

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More opportunities to celebrate the season of Advent at St. Norbert Abbey »

“Making All Things New!”

As seen in the Winter/Spring 2018 Norbertine Center for Spirituality program guide

Dear Friends,

Winter/Spring 2018The Norbertines have a motto by which they have lived for almost 900 years: “Making all things new!” There is a motto by which Wisconsin residents have lived since the invention of the automobile: “There are two seasons—winter and road construction!” And there is a sign found in many buildings that are under construction: “Pardon our dust!”

What do these things have to do with the Norbertine Center for Spirituality (NCS)? If you have been in this sacred place recently, you might have noticed a few changes: the former entrance to the NCS no longer exists; the abbey pool and sundeck have been gutted; a chain-link fence cordons of f the area; a new sidewalk has been poured in order to maneuver around the construction area; and, the heavy machinery and construction workers are busy creating a beautiful new space for the NCS.

What will this new space look like?

  • There will be a new entrance with a receptionist desk and gathering area.
  • Two large rooms capable of hosting gatherings of 150 to 200 people will occupy the majority of the space.
  • A kitchenette, coatroom, and handicap-accessible restrooms will round out the space.
  • The installation of an elevator is the highlight of the project. Knowing that it has been a challenge for some people to climb the six steps to the Killeen Room or the numerous steps to a second-floor bedroom. The entire complex will be accessible to all. The ability to host groups who can move between these spaces now will be possible.

The construction will take more than a year, so much patience is necessary! The longer walk from the abbey church parking lot in order to attend programs and retreats at the center will be one sacrifice that we are all asked to make. However, the payoff will be a beautiful new space with the amenities necessary to grow the center, as well as the programs and retreats offered here.

So, until the construction process is completed, please “pardon our dust!” Know that the season of construction will take a while. Most of all, the project will help the Norbertine community in “making all things new”—including a new space for the NCS!

Peace,
Tony Pichler
Director

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