One sign of Spring at the Abbey is the presence of hummingbirds. While the human visitors here are lacking due to COVID-19, there is no shortage of winged guests begging our hospitality in the form of sugar water.
In memory of our Sister Augustina (1925-2019) on the anniversary of her monastic profession, May 3, 1950 When our Sister Augustina Höchbauer died October 8th, she left many delightful memories of her caring, humor, wisdom, and love to those who knew her. Growing up in Hundsschweif, Bavaria during World War II sharpened her awareness of … More She Fed a Multitude
A reflection on the joy of Christ’s Resurrection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB If the evil one plots evil against others, I think that God must all the more plot our good. Now have you ever heard of anybody plotting good for another? No, because “good” doesn’t seem like it’s something to hide. “Plotting” implies … More Plotting Good
Our little Paschal Candle Department did a beautiful job with this year’s artwork. Sister Ancilla masterminded the unique pelican design, and Sister Fidelis the parting of the Red Sea design. Since about the 12th century the pelican has been a symbol of the Passion of Christ, since the mother is known to pierce her own … More 2020 Paschal Candles
We are now in our second week of “lock-down” at the Abbey. Thankfully, none of our Sisters have shown signs of the coronavirus yet, but our hearts go out to all those who have suffered and died from this disease. We hope that it will quickly come to an end, and that in the meantime … More Caronavirus Update
God our Father, the life and deeds of St. Walburga are resplendent with your glory. As we join with her in worship before your throne, grant that our prayer may effect healing and comfort for all those who seek her aid. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in … More Honoring Our Patroness
With 43 calves down and only one to go, our calving season is almost over! The only scare we had was a premature calf born in the middle of the night, which we found in the morning fighting for his life. Thankfully, after nursing him back to health in our barn for a couple days … More The Close of Calving Season
Mother Maria-Thomas wrote the following poem to accompany the first volume of her Reveries Under the Fig Tree, in which alludes to the theme she chose for her books: the encounter between Nathaniel and Jesus as described in John 1:45-51. In this passage we hear Christ telling Nathaniel that he saw him under the fig … More Fig Tree Poetry and Paintings
Mother Maria-Thomas Beil, OSB, has recently released two new books: Reveries Under the Fig Tree Volume I – Reflections for the Advent and Christmas Season, and Reveries Under the Fig Tree Volume II – Reflections for the Lent and Easter Season. They are compilations of the letters she sent out to our Oblates when she … More Reveries Under the Fig Tree: Book Promotion
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