Hello and Welcome to the gateway for our Scripture Blog – WalkingwithBenedict.  This blog is a vital component of the Scripture Ministry at the Benedictine Spirituality Center in the Pines, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado on the grounds of Benet Hill Monastery.  Posts cover a wide range of themes but all are steeped in the pages of scripture.  Many offer wisdom from The Rule of Saint Benedict. I hope you find insights for your faith journey and that you will share your wisdom with our community! If you would like to contact me directly, please email me at

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My Story: 

My name is Gail Murphy and I am  a native of Chicago, Illinois.  I grew up immersed in the Catholic faith, attending Catholic schools from elementary to college level. A well-worn family bible was always open on the living room table at our home and my mother read it to us or discussed the pictures with us as children. The bible was the place all important family events were recorded – births and deaths, baptisms and marriages. Faith was integrated into all aspects of daily life and was the foundation for the core beliefs I hold today: life as a faith journey, God as companion in all experiences, and community as integral. Today, my husband Pat and I have 5 children ranging in age from 8 to 18 and the house is never quiet. My passions include reading, writing and sharing scripture as the living word of God. The spiritual geography that best matches mine is a water landscape.  There I recognize God’s presence most readily- both as creator and as redeemer.

My formal ministry experience includes 17 years combined teaching and leadership experience in the Catholic Community including 10 years as a RCIA director  and 5 years as Formation Director in a parish setting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. These experiences allowed me to walk with others as we discovered together God’s presence in our midst.

DSCF0462_0002Today, working with the Benedictine Sisters at Benet Hill, I enjoy offering scripture opportunities that fold in the wisdom of benedictine living according to St Benedict’s Rule.  Whether we find ourselves in a places of hope or despair, it is in community that often we discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:11 –  “ I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” I have developed an excitement for blogging this past year as another way of sharing scripture and faith stories outside the classroom setting that extends to followers in many countries.  I hope you will join me on this journey!

Educational Background: M.A. Pastoral Ministry, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis. MO, Graduate of the 2-year Intensive Bethel Scripture Study Program, Graduate of the 2-year Seekers Catechetical Study Program, B.A. Mathematics/ Computers, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame IN

Favorite Scripture Verses:

“You have been told what is good, and what the Lord requires of you; Only to do right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

“I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and our descendants may live.” (Deut 30.19b)

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