Abbey Blog

Signs of Summer

The below “photo story” highlights some of the things that make this season special at our monastery: The sound of singing birds filling our chapel through the open windows is a sure sign that summer has arrived. This year a Red-winged Blackbird nest was found woven through the grass along the bank of one of…

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Loving Like Mary Magdalene

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB The story of Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb is so delightful.  She is so intent on finding Jesus.  How long does it take her to notice the angels there?  But they address her with such honor, “Woman, why are you weeping?” (John 20:13).  Heaven is concerned when…

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Paschal Candles + Exsultet Audio

Thanks to the hard work of the Sisters in our paschal candle department, parishes across the state are now burning our hand-painted candles in their churches. Sister Fidelis’ beautiful scene of the tomb on Easter morning was replicated by each artist on candles large and small, depending on what each parish ordered. Paschal candles are…

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Rejoice!

A reflection on the joy celebrating Holy Week by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;            my Lord has forgotten me.”Can a mother forget her infant,            be without tenderness for the child of her womb?Even should she forget,            I will never forget you.                         -Isaiah 49: 14-15 This reading from Isaiah…

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Annunciation Motet

On March 25, the Annunciation of the Lord, Sister Maria renewed her monastic vows for another year. Join us in praying for her, as her next step will be making her Solemn Profession next year! During the celebration of the Eucharist on that day, some of our Sisters sang a motet called “Dixit Maria” by…

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The Monastic Vocation: Teaching the World about Humility and Obedience

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB, on the Benedictine’s call to practice some of the least popular virtues in our world’s culture In Chapter 7 of his Rule, Saint Benedict tells us, “We must set up that ladder on which Jacob in a dream saw angels descending and ascending (Gen. 28:12).  Without doubt, this…

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Our Feb. 2 Tradition

Every year on February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, after the blessing of candles and the celebration of the Eucharist, we place our candles in a heart candelabra in front of the altar to burn throughout the day.  It is a tradition that honors the Sacred Heart of Christ, which burns…

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You Are a Teacher

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB We hear in the Gospels about the schedule of Jesus.  What was on his work list was very simple: “Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness” (Matthew 9:35).  That was…

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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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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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