Integrity and Intentions

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB We hear in the parable of the good and wicked servants that the unfaithful one served the master until the master was gone, and then he turned to beating his fellow servants and eating and drinking with drunkards (cf. Matt. 24:46-51).  I think that this servant must not … More Integrity and Intentions

Fall Foliage

The blowing wind, the mild, moist air, the exquisite greening of trees and grasses – In their beginning, in their ending, they give God their praise. –Saint Hildegarde of Bingen (1098-1179)

Renewal of Vows

On this day, the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, two of our Sisters renewed their monastic vows for another year. Join us in praying for them in their final year of the Juniorate as they continue to prepare for their solemn vows. Visit our website to learn more about the stages of monastic … More Renewal of Vows

Death is Just a Door

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB In the Holy Rule, St. Benedict recommends that we keep death before us daily (Rule 4.47), and the point of this is to keep our eyes on the goal: eternal life.  St. Benedict writes in the Prologue, “We shall through patience share in the sufferings of Christ, that … More Death is Just a Door

2021 Calendar for Sale

Wall calendar features photos from our Abbey to accompany you throughout the seasons, and it lists feast days and other liturgical celebrations kept by our community. For each month, we share a phrase or two from the Liturgy of the Hours—for us Benedictines—the Opus Dei, the Work of God, the Divine Office. Price: $14.95 each … More 2021 Calendar for Sale

Becoming Children

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB “At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, ‘Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. … More Becoming Children

Seeking the Beloved

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB I think it’s so delightful in the Gospel of John when Jesus says to His apostles, “A little while, and you will no longer see me; and again a little while, and you will see me” (John 16:16).  Doesn’t that sound like the spiritual life?  A little while … More Seeking the Beloved

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