Sister Lisa Maurer – I Saw the Bears

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Sister Lisa Maurer – I Saw the Bears

Of all days, I saw the bears on Recollection Sunday, a Sunday of prayer, reflection and silence! I saw the bears and I couldn’t tell anyone until after Evening Prayer!

Bears at base of tree

Two Bears at the Base of the Tree

I have been here in Northern Minnesota for four years now and I have never seen a bear . . . except that time in the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth. I have seen tracks and other evidence (if you know what I mean) of the bears that inhabit our glorious wooded land that is part of our beautiful property here at St. Scholastica.

Bear Up a Tree

But I have never seen a bear let alone the bears. I have seen countless deer, birds of all sorts and numerous four-footed creatures that scurry around. The bears, until this week, have eluded me. In my mind seeing a bear was akin to a UFO sighting….I want to see one!

That could be Mama bear!

That could be a Minnesota Mama Bear!

Well, I can tell you that seeing is believing. On a reflective walk through the woods, while I was praying and taking pictures, I saw a momma bear and three youngsters.

Spotted by Mama Bear!

Spotted by the bear!

Take it from me there are bears in them there woods!




Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, before entering the Monastery, Sister Lisa taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa made her first Monastic Profession in August 2009. She currently ministers at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth.              See all of Sister Lisa’s posts.






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