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Help from Habakkuk

The prophet Habakkuk might seem an unlikely person to look to for advice at strengthening one’s faith.  After all, he is best remembered for openly questioning the wisdom of God.  Yet in his questioning and searching he has wisdom to share.

In the second chapter of the book that bears his name Habakkuk proclaims, “I will stand at my guard post, and station myself upon the rampart, and keep watch to see what he will say to me” (Hab 2:1).  Within this statement Habakkuk has a bit of sage advice for us in a concise four-step plan.

The Prophet Habakkuk

1. Stand at your guard post.  Find peace where you are and trust that God is there, too.

2. Stand at the rampart.  Stay centered in Christ.  He is your protection and shield.

3. Keep watch to see what God will say.  Be faithful to prayer and stay connected to the Spirit.

4. Write down what you hear.  Keep a prayer journal.  Be discerning and reflective.


Thanks for the help, Habakkuk!

Dmitry Shkolnik, Iconographer.
“The prophet Habakkuk” (2010).
St. Paul’s Orthodox Church, Dayton, OH.
Joshua Coolman, Photographer



Sister Lisa Maurer
Sister Lisa Maurer, OSB

Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleep Eye, Minnesota. Before entering the Monastery in 2007, she taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa Made her Perpetual Monastic Profession in July ll, 2012. Her first ministry as a Benedictine Sister was working at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth. Currently she is Director of Mission Integration for the Benedictine Health System.



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–St. Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict