Author and Benedictine Oblate Judith Valente was joined by 16 pilgrims for the Benedictine Footprints pilgrimage/retreat in the Abruzzo region of Italy last month for a contemplative, cultural, culinary journey.
June 17, 2023
When we call on poetry, we hope and expect to find something deep and genuine. In a time of rampant misinformation and ‘alternative facts’, poetry serves as a Cassandra-like truth-teller.
December 20, 2022
The pandemic has been an opportunity to practise the art of pausing to help us appreciate the beauty, the wonder, the mystery that is all around us, writes Judith Valente.
March 17, 2021
The building of community is one of our major callings as Benedictine Oblates. During this pandemic, we must remove ourselves from the community to ensure its survival, writes Judith Valente....
April 21, 2020
‘The Sun Does Shine’ is about the triumph of the human spirit over seemingly insurmountable adversity and of hope over hate.
November 20, 2019
I find comfort in this ancient idea that prayer can weave through the fabric of my work life, where I spend the bulk of my time and energy, writes Judith...
September 18, 2019
Listening for Benedictines isn’t a passive endeavour. It is an act of will, of paying attention, writes Judith Valente.
September 19, 2018
In a reflection adapted from her new book, “How to Live”, Judith Valente considers a well-known line from “The Rule of St Benedict” which underscores a question Benedictine Sister Joan...
March 21, 2018