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

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

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

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

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

A Lesson from King David

“He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the house of David his servant” Luke 1:69 A reflection on the King David of the Old Testament by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB David could be a really controversial character because of some of the things he did in his life. He had a sword…and … More A Lesson from King David