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

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