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The place I found was ideal for my quest. The Studium Program, offered by Saint Benedict’s Monastery, welcomed me for my 83 days of residential study, putting generous faith in my passionate but inexact assertion that I could find expression for my time in Africa through intensive Scripture study.

The daily Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist provided a cornucopia of Scripture and an abundance of parallels completely reminiscent of what I had learned, experienced and observed in Africa. Tethered to Scripture, my expressions felt like they were on solid ground. For example, I felt a great kinship with Psalm 88, which reflects the same depth of despair and grasp of death that is visited upon so many in Africa.

In Scripture I even found expression for my own cautiousness about how I spoke of my time in Africa. “First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye" (Matthew 7:5). The setting, supports and surroundings at Studium indeed allowed me to remove the log of hasty and ill-founded judgment. Instead, steeped in prayer and infused with the Holy Spirit, I was able to pour forth expressions, plumbed from the great wisdom of Scripture, that did the beautiful people of Africa justice. Spring 2016 | 11

Benedictine Sisters and Friends, Spring Summer 2016  
Benedictine Sisters and Friends, Spring Summer 2016  

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