Elders of the Benedictines:
A Portrait and Interview Project

Sister Lillian Harrington, O.S.B., b. 1918

Sister Lillian Harrington, O.S.B.Sister Lillian is a member of the Benedictine community at Mount Saint Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas.

Q: How does the Benedictine tradition serve as a foundation for the way you live your spiritual life?

A: . . In our spiritual lives I believe we need to steep ourselves in beauty. To cut beauty and art out of our lives is to diminish ourselves. Beauty does something to our lives just as ugliness does something to our lives. Ours is a community of very highly educated and gifted women. I can always find someone with the gift I might have need of and people are always willing to share their gifts. My spirituality would be seeing all of life: the contemplative, the silence (which I used to hate), the manual labor, the Divine Office, the community, the hospitality, and art and learning are all one piece. All of that is a way of trying to find God. I can't find God in a vacuum. I have to find God in the events of my life. People are windows of good. They enrich my life

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