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

Plotting Good

A reflection on the joy of Christ’s Resurrection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB If the evil one plots evil against others, I think that God must all the more plot our good. Now have you ever heard of anybody plotting good for another? No, because “good” doesn’t seem like it’s something to hide. “Plotting” implies … More Plotting Good

2020 Paschal Candles

Our little Paschal Candle Department did a beautiful job with this year’s artwork. Sister Ancilla masterminded the unique pelican design, and Sister Fidelis the parting of the Red Sea design. Since about the 12th century the pelican has been a symbol of the Passion of Christ, since the mother is known to pierce her own … More 2020 Paschal Candles

True Fasting

A reflection on Lenten fasting by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB “See, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits, and drive all your laborers. See, you fast only to quarrel and fight, and to strike with a wicked fist!… Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, untying … More True Fasting

Caronavirus Update

We are now in our second week of “lock-down” at the Abbey. Thankfully, none of our Sisters have shown signs of the coronavirus yet, but our hearts go out to all those who have suffered and died from this disease. We hope that it will quickly come to an end, and that in the meantime … More Caronavirus Update

Eyes on the Prize

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB I think one of the keys to a meaningful life is to remember things that are eternal. St. Benedict talks about this in his Rule. In the Prologue he exhorts us to “keep your eyes on eternity,” and in Chapter 72 he writes, “let them prefer nothing whatever … More Eyes on the Prize

Honoring Our Patroness

God our Father, the life and deeds of St. Walburga are resplendent with your glory. As we join with her in worship before your throne, grant that our prayer may effect healing and comfort for all those who seek her aid. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in … More Honoring Our Patroness