Through Another’s Eyes

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Through Another’s Eyes

It is an amazing, uplifting, and affirming experience to see Monastic Life through another’s eyes.  Recently, my friend Sue came to visit.  We’ve known each other since the early 90’s, since before I entered the Monastery.  We haven’t seen each other for four years.  (We have a very Olympic relationship!) 

Sister Lisa and friend Sue

During her visit, Sue and I took in a couple of College of St. Scholastica basketball games since we share a love of sports.  We also went out for breakfast overlooking Lake Superior.  I also took Sue on a tour of our grounds, including the College, the Monastery, and our wooded area.  But most of all, like any other friends who haven’t seen each other in awhile, we talked and talked and talked. 

I was so proud to tell Sue about St. Scholastica Monastery, my wonderful Sisters, and our beautiful Benedictine Life.  Sue was able to join Morning Prayer with the Community, something she found very powerful.  She said, “Everyone should have the privilege of experiencing prayer with the Sisters.”  Sue asked many questions about day-to-day life here at the Monastery.  She was interested in everything…even the things I take for granted.  She commented about how peaceful it is here, how nice everyone is, and how beautiful the surroundings are.  

Yes, it is good to be reminded about the blessings of Monastic Life…to see it through another’s eyes.



Sister Lisa Maurer

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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