Honey Bees

Thanks to our friend Martin, we now have two thriving hives of bees again. Since this coming winter will be their first one here, we likely won’t harvest any honey this year to make sure they have enough for themselves. Needless to say, we look forward to enjoying the fruit of their labors in years … More Honey Bees

A Tribute to Our Pilot

A reflection by our Prioress, Sister Maria Josepha, OSB on the 17th anniversary of Mother Maria-Michael’s Abbatial Election I think the book Strangers to the City by Michael Casey is a great title for her life, because Mother truly is such a stranger to the city.  She would rather be here, living the monastic life … More A Tribute to Our Pilot

The Little Things

A reflection on 1 Kings 17:7-16 by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB In the Book of Kings, we hear that the brook near where Elijah was hiding had run dry because no rain had fallen.  As we know, there is a real test of hope when it’s really dry, because there’s the sense that it’s really … More The Little Things

Heaven on Earth

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB You hear about all the negativity happening in the world, and the problem is not that it isn’t true (although sometimes that is the problem), but that we forget that there is always the Risen Lord to turn to.  They key is that all these negative things don’t … More Heaven on Earth

June Photo of the Month

One sign of Spring at the Abbey is the presence of hummingbirds. While the human visitors here are lacking due to COVID-19, there is no shortage of winged guests begging our hospitality in the form of sugar water.

Corpus Christi

A reflection on the Body and Blood of Christ by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB As in the garden of Gethsemane when Christ soaked up all the evil of the world and took it upon Himself, when we receive the Body of Christ and our venial sins are forgiven, Christ soaks up from us all the … More Corpus Christi

Holy Jealousy

A reflection on the first reading from the Office of Readings for the second Tuesday of Easter (Revelation 2:1-11) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB The Book of Revelation has a wonderful word for us today. St. John addresses the churches at Ephesus and Smyrna, so his message is in one sense for a particular time, … More Holy Jealousy

She Fed a Multitude

In memory of our Sister Augustina (1925-2019) on the anniversary of her monastic profession, May 3, 1950 When our Sister Augustina Höchbauer died October 8th, she left many delightful memories of her caring, humor, wisdom, and love to those who knew her. Growing up in Hundsschweif, Bavaria during World War II sharpened her awareness of … More She Fed a Multitude

Nourished by the Word

A reflection on the Gospel reading for April 15, 2020 (Luke 24:13-35) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB After His Resurrection, Jesus appears to His disciples and asks if they have anything for Him to eat. We can see by this that He so wants to be at home with them, wants them to recognize that … More Nourished by the Word