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Wisdom from St. Francis de Sales

Today the Church commemorates St. Francis de Sales, whose Introduction to the Devout Life has aided many on their spiritual journeys. Here are a couple passages from his writing which are as relevant today as they ever were: “Anxiety proceeds from an inordinate desire of being delivered from the evil that we feel or of…

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Remembering Sister Pauline

Sister Pauline was born on September 4, 1934 in Verdun, a suburb of Montreal, in the province of Quebec, Canada.  Her birth name was Marie Anna Yolande, and her father Louis LaPlante worked at a hosier factory, and mother Emerilda Chartier LaPlante had been a teacher, but became a full-time home-maker after Yolanda’s birth.  She…

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The Original Cabbage Patch Kid

A reflection on the life of Sister Mary Sebastian, OSB, by a nun of the Abbey of St. Walburga Sister Mary Sebastian Geary, OSB July 4, 1933 – December 13, 2021 I will never forget the day that I had the opportunity to hear the story of Sister Mary Sebastian’s life.  Knowing what little I…

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The Advent Word—“Come”

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB What do we hear in the Liturgy during Advent?  “Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain… Come let us walk in the light of the LORD… Come and save us,” “I will come and cure them … many will come from the east and the west,” and, “come,…

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St. Andrew on Embracing the Cross

A reflection commemorating the Feast of St. Andrew, originally given by Mother Maria-Michael in 2019 I was thinking about the incredible words we sing during the Divine Office on the Feast of St. Andrew (November 30): “Seeing the cross [of his own martyrdom], Andrew cried out with joy, ‘O precious cross! Truly I have always…

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New Book: By Lamplight

Our Sister Genevieve recently released her newest book. You can buy it now in paperback or eBook from Liturgical Press: By Lamplight, or from our website in January 2022. “The familiar images of Word and Light break open with fresh insight in the imaginative and wise ruminations of Sister Genevieve Glen, OSB. From Nazareth to…

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2022 Abbey Calendars for Sale

This year’s calendar features stunning pictures of the tapestries that hang in our Abbey Church.  They were woven for us by Frau Walburga, OSB, at our motherhouse in Germany for our chapel in Boulder in the early 1960s.  Woven of hand-dyed and handspun wool, they depict the “Mysteries of Mary,” something like but not quite identical to…

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The Solemnity of All Saints

A reflection for the Solemnity by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB What made the saints?  What unifies them is that they all strove to seek God’s will.  That is the most important point that unites the saints – the will of God.  It takes the grace of God to do His will.  We are called to…

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Holy Amnesia

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go…

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St. Walburga’s Oil

Every year on October 12 the holy oil from Saint Walburga’s tomb in Germany begins to flow, and it continues until her Feast Day on February 25. Due to the testimonies of many people who have experienced God’s healing power after anointing themselves with the oil and asking Saint Walburga to pray for them, it…

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Let It Go

A reflection on Luke 10:38-42 by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB It ran through my mind today that Martha was not able to listen to Jesus when serving because she was so mad at Mary.  She wasn’t hearing a word He said—she was too busy thinking, “Look at her, she just sits there all day, and…

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An Eventful September

On September 11, the eve of the day on which the Church commemorates the “Holy Name of Mary,” our Sister Mary was clothed with the Benedictine habit. What a glorious day it was! Two days later, a wildfire broke out from a lightning strike on our neighbor’s land, and we spent the day preparing to…

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Espoused to Christ

On August 15, 2021, The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Sister Maria-Raphaelle and Sister Fidelis made their solemn profession of monastic vows. The Holy Mass was presided over by The Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, who delivered an eloquent homily about his “dear daughters” being the salt and light of the world, in imitation of…

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A Spiritual Passover

A reflection on following Christ and not looking back, by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB We hear about Abraham procuring a wife for his son Isaac, and how he tells his servant, “never take my son back there for any reason” (Genesis 24:6), that is, into to the homeland where Abraham was from, because God had…

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