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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 lightning striking a bush on our neighbor’s land, and we spent the day preparing…

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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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Motet Video

This motet, “Desidero mi Jesu,” composed by Kevin Allen, was performed by three of our Sisters on the Solemnity of St. Benedict, July 11.

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Causes for Rejoicing

Between battling the weeds, caring for the cattle, and tending the gardens, summer tends to be a busy season for us; but because of our monastic horarium that provides sacred time for prayer, the balance of “ora et labora” keeps our priorities in check.

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A Heart for Unity

A reflection on John 17:20-24 by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB We learn in the Gospel of John what is dearest to the heart of Christ: “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in…

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Take It to Prayer

A reflection on the example of Jesus’ prayer by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB I love the story about Jesus and his disciples on the stormy sea.  It tells us so much about relationships.  We hear that “they had not understood the incident of the loaves.  On the contrary, their hearts were hardened” (Mark 6:52), and…

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Confession: Coming to the Light

A reflection on John 3:16-21, the Gospel reading for the second Wednesday in Easter by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB “And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come…

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Living Well in Community

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB I think that, this year, it would be very fruitful for us to focus on community life.  In this year of St. Joseph, we remember that the Holy Family lived in community, and I’m sure it wasn’t always ‘just peachy’ for them.   Saints don’t become saints because everything…

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St. Benedict: A Man of Life

One of our Sisters shares an experience she had before entering our community which gave her a foretaste of her future life as a Benedictine nun, though she did not know it at the time: I was finishing up a day’s work at the hospital when the word was passed around the nurse’s station: “Rachel…

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Listening with the Ears of Your Heart

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB We read in Genesis 17:3 that when Abram (before he was renamed Abraham) prostrated himself before the Lord, God spoke to him.  When he was in a position of humility, he was able to hear the Lord.  Our position before God really matters.  How we are before Him…

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Our Newly Professed: Sister Maria-Benedicta, O.S.B.

Sister Maria-Benedicta (previously our “Sister Molly”) made her simple vows on February 10, the Solemnity of St. Scholastica,  It was a joyful occasion that her whole family was able to join us for her profession—including so many adorable nieces and nephews!  Sister Maria-Benedicta O’Brien is the daughter of Patrick and Jean O’Brien of Denver, and…

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St. Benedict on Blessing

A reflection on St. Benedict’s teaching to “bless those who curse you” (Rule 4.32) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB God looks upon us with loving kindness.  He wants to bless us.  Cursing is of the devil – it’s evil.  And sometimes Evil uses us to harm each other.  The important thing is to look beyond…

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