The Blessing of Misery

A reflection on the first Mass reading for the first Tuesday in Ordinary Time (1 Samuel 1:9-20) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB In the beautiful story about Hannah, we hear that “in her bitterness she prayed to the Lord, weeping copiously” (1 Sam 1:10). St. Benedict also says that we should weep in our prayer. … More The Blessing of Misery

On Eagles’ Wings

A reflection on Isaiah 40:25-31 by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB In Isaiah we hear, “He leads out their army and numbers them, calling them all by name” (Isaiah 40:26). I have a hard time with names, so if anybody can call an army, each one by name, that is a miracle. But that’s how personal … More On Eagles’ Wings

On This Holy Mountain

“Let the mountains bring peace to the people” –Psalm 72:3 (NASB), from the Mass Responsorial Psalm for December 17… A reflection on the Mass readings for the first Wednesday in Advent (Isaiah 25:6-10; Matthew 15:29-37) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB Today we hear from Isaiah that “the hand of the lord will rest on this … More On This Holy Mountain

Mustard Seed

A reflection on the virtue of hope by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB We hear Jesus in the Gospel saying, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden” (Luke 13:18-19).  Have you ever noticed how much … More Mustard Seed

The Gift of the Spirit

A reflection on Pentecost Sunday by Mother Maria Michael Newe, OSB In Eden, after the Fall, the focus of Adam and Eve that was once directed toward God and eternal things was drawn to earth like a magnet. Love was twisted from being centered on God to being centered on self, and this is the … More The Gift of the Spirit