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

Free to Serve

A reflection on the Gospel reading for the fourth Thursday in Ordinary Time (Mark 6:7-13) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB Today in the Gospel reading, Jesus summoned the twelve apostles and sent them out two by two, giving them authority to drive out unclean spirits. When He describes what they should take with them, notice … More Free to Serve

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