Sr. KC Blogs too

Posted by admin On September - 6 - 2011


I was just sitting in the livingroom reading and a sense of complete contentment came over me. I have those moments from time to time-the sense of being right where you are supposed to be. Unfortunately they don’t happen often or last long enough. But maybe they aren’t supposed to last. Maybe they are sent by God as “breathers”. You know, short rests between tough chores.

Our garden is on one of the benches that strip mining decades ago left on our property. The monastery, chapel and dorms are on the next level up. To get from the garden to the monastery you either have to climb the 45 degree incline of  the hill or walk the 120 stair steps. I usually take the stairs because I find it easier. When I first started using the stairs I would have to stop and rest every 20 or so steps and take a “breather” to catch my breath and finish the climb. I think that is what these moments of contentment are…opportunities to stop, look around and be at peace before continuing on with the journey

Sometimes I think that I am in the wrong place, that God must have made a mistake about me being here at the Dwelling Place and then I find moments of contentment like I am experiencing this evening and I realize once again that I have listened and obeyed and God is pleased with me.

Contentment-God saying “Yes my child. Now keep going.”



Listening to the prayers and hymns lately during Office have really confused me. We keep talking about “Jesus coming”. The thing is, I’m pretty sure He already did. I know that Advent is a time to reflect on this great work of salvation from God but sometimes it feels like we are expecting some magical event to come fix the world so that we can live happily ever after…sort of a heavenly Disneyworld.

The truth is that God did send His son to live among us and to teach us the way to peace over 2000 years ago. These teachings are written down for us in the Bible. They are simple things; treat others like you want to be treated, choose love instead of hate, take care of the widow, the orphan, the outcast, love God more than yourself. There are more but you have already heard them. Heard them yes, but internalized them so that they are what we do without thinking? I’m afraid I fall way short of that reality. And you know you do too. So we look for the coming of Christ, again.

And I guess that is what we are praying and singing about, because we know deep in our hearts that what Jesus said and did when He walked this earth was the truth and maybe, just maybe, this time it will stick. O come, o come Emmanuel and remind us how to live in peace.




Therefore we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.” RB Prol 45

St. Benedict wrote these words around 540 CE in his famous rule, setting out a format for living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He was writing long before the Protestant Reformation at a time that “the church” was in its adolescence. He had found a way of life that mirrored Jesus’ teachings and he lived it until he took his last breath—reportedly standing with arms raised; chanting the Divine Office.

 Fast forward 1500 years to the hills of easternKentucky. My friend Sr. Kathleen had invited me to Thanksgiving dinner at theDwelling Place.  Curious and hungry for more than turkey and stuffing, I accepted and heard for the first time that the Sisters were in the process of becoming ecumenical. “That means I could come here.” I thought to myself and that night a seed that had been planted forty-five years earlier sent out its first small root soon to be followed by another and another and when, in May of 2009, my home was destroyed in a flood it seemed only logical that I come to stay with the Sisters until other arrangements could be made for my housing.

 On October 15th, I will make my First Profession of Monastic Promises—as a Presbyterian. I am delighted at the prospect and praying for guidance as I speak to my friends and family and anyone else that will listen about the privilege of becoming a Benedictine nun. There are many men and women worldwide who are Christ followers by call but not Roman Catholic. They would jump at the chance to have the support of a community of likeminded God seekers who want only to know and worship God in a nurturing environment. This is such a huge blessing and one I am sure more Protestants would take advantage of if it were offered to them.

 As Benedictine communities around the world look toward the future it is my prayer that they would consider opening their monasteries to their Protestant sisters and brothers, fulfilling Jesus’ prayer, “that they would be one as we are one.” John 17:22

Namaste’        Sr. KC

12 Responses to “Sr. KC Blogs too”

  1. Kim says:

    Ahhh…”breathers”…I like that. It seems I need those often…

    Thanks for all your work in putting the website/blogs together. I feel connected.


  2. Sr. Rosemary says:

    Congratulations, KC, on your blogposts! I’m always delighted to hear from you and know that you are thriving as a monastic Presbyterian. May the blessings of Ordinary Time and its reminder of the balance of our Benedictine heritage continue to bring you many more moments of rest to whet your keen powers of observation. Blessings

  3. Wetzel Queen says:

    Hi Kathy,
    I always enjoy your writing. It was great seeing you yesterday at Graceway.

  4. Sister KC, there is no greater joy than being content is God’s hands right where you are. Enjoy your moments as He leads you each day.

  5. Charlotte Soder says:

    Congratulations! So glad you hae an outlet for your writings….Always enjoy them. Hugs Your Lectio buddy…one of them.

  6. Sr. Rose says:

    Hey KC! I have enjoyed reading your blogs! I agree the little “breathers” of contentment really help me along the path of life. I hope you are doing well. Greetings to the others for me.

  7. Vonnie Klein says:

    Sr. KC ( how hard is that for me to say?) Content~ satisfied. I am very satisfied with my life. I feel content even when questioning myself, as I know God has plans for me. But the real feeling of contentment is sitting on Indian Rocks Beach with YOU! Love you and miss you

  8. Sr. Ann Marie says:

    Your “Contentment” post reminds me of when I was living in the family home back in New Orleans and used to help with cutting the grass in the evenings when the heat of the day was less. Every now and then a breeze would gently blow, and I would stop wherever I was – whether sweeping or edging or cutting – and just let the gentle breeze caress me and hold me. It was a “contentment” moment in the midst of labor, a moment of grace where I felt held by God. We are truly blessed to have a loving, merciful God who gives us those restful moments of grace during the course of our journeys in life. God never wants us to forget how much we are loved and supported and held. All we need to do is be watchful in every ordinary moment for God’s “Yes, my child. Now keep going.” Thank you for an eloquent and thoughtful blog.

  9. Molly Kalyuzhny says:

    Hi Sr. KC, We have yet to meet in person,I’m an oblate. Your post is making me smile, because you as a community, and therefore, we as oblates are finally doing this!
    Blessed Advent! Molly Kalyuzhny

  10. I just received your news letter, and wanted to tell you how proud I am of you! I love you so much and can’t wait to see you. I am doing much better. Call me when you get a chance.

  11. Diantha Daniels says:

    Beautifully said, Sister KC, and congratulations on making your first profession.

    Diantha (an Episcopalian)

  12. Jerry Felty says:

    Good Morning One and All….I’ve been receiving your newsletter for quite a while and have admired the “downhomeness” of it’s content. One gets the feeling that the Gospel message is alive and well-lived at your Dwelling Place. I visited your website for the first time today and so am just letting you know that I appreciate who you are and what you do. I often visit Gethsamani as I value the spiritual focus and recharging that a retreat can provide. Hopefully, I can visit you someday. Although I converted to Catholicism 7 years ago, I appreciate the openess you have to those who differ in their way of believing. I was once a Protestant and am enlightened enough to realize that exclusion isn’t the way to peace and understanding, which is what this world sorely needs. You are in my prayers. God bless, Jerry Felty

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