One of the gifts of my vocation as a Benedictine Sister at St. Scholatica Monastery is that Jesus is no longer an afterthought. No more do I have to sneak prayer time into my day. Prayer is what I do. Seeking God is what I do. What a gift!
Just the other day it dawned on me that I don’t have to feel guilty or feel unproductive for taking an afternoon to go away and be quiet with God. My prayer time, my relationship with God, my connection with Jesus is and should be front and center in my life. What a gift!
Don’t get me wrong. I struggle with balance – too much work, too many duties, too much attention to the work of the Lord and not enough attention to the Lord of the work. Gratefully, my vowed monastic life calls me back to my center, calls me back to the One who loves me, calls me to the One I love. What a gift!
Sister Lisa Maurer
Sister Lisa Maurer was born and lived in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, before entering the Monastery, She 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.