Welcoming a New Novice

Our community welcomed our second new novice of the year on April 17, 2016, the Feast of the Good Shepherd.  Sr. Brandi-Lynn McWhorter was clothed in the Benedictine habit during our Lauds prayer service.  Below is a reflection given by Mother Maria-Michael for the occasion of her clothing. In the prayer for the blessing of … More Welcoming a New Novice

New Novice Preparing for the Wedding Feast

On February 2, 2016, the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, we welcomed a new novice into our community. Sr. Catherine-Marie Carlin , having completed her first year of probation at our Abbey was clothed in the Benedictine habit during our Lauds prayer service. Below is a reflection given by Mother Maria Michael on the occasion of her clothing. … More New Novice Preparing for the Wedding Feast

The Power of a Blessing

A reflection on Genesis 32: 23-33 by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB In this passage from Genesis we see Jacob battling, wrestling with an Angel.  We read in Genesis, “After he had taken them across the stream and had brought over all his possessions, Jacob was left there alone.” There he was – alone.  Everything he … More The Power of a Blessing

Willing to be Stretched

A reflection on the Feast of St. Laurence by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB On the Feast of St. Laurence, we should take a good look at the liturgy and reflect how we are all called – especially in the life of a monk – to be prepared for martyrdom.  For some, martyrdom comes as a … More Willing to be Stretched

No Greater Service

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB It seems to me that people who pursue God faithfully have their priorities straight.  Consider St. Paul: his priorities are quite straight.  For him, it is always Christ.  He does everything to serve the people. Now being wayward people we are always fluctuating.  We will have some days … More No Greater Service