On Gaining Heaven

This November, as the Church remembers in a special way all the departed, Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB, reflects on what it takes to inherit the heavenly kingdom “Heaven is not a place where there is the mere vocal repetition of alleluias or the monotonous fingering of harps.  Heaven is a place where we find the … More On Gaining Heaven

One Body, Many Parts

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. If they were all one part, where … More One Body, Many Parts

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

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

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

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