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 … More Living Well in Community

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 … More St. Benedict on Blessing

Our Lady of Guadalupe

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB, on how Mary shows us the way to love beyond our hurts The Office of Readings for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is so important.  We see how Juan Diego is called tenderly by Mary to accomplish a special mission for the Church “in words both … More Our Lady of Guadalupe

On Gaining Heaven

This November, as the Church remembers in a special way all the departed, Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB, reflects on what it takes to inherit the heavenly kingdom “Heaven is not a place where there is the mere vocal repetition of alleluias or the monotonous fingering of harps.  Heaven is a place where we find the … More On Gaining Heaven

One Body, Many Parts

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. If they were all one part, where … More One Body, Many Parts

Integrity and Intentions

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB We hear in the parable of the good and wicked servants that the unfaithful one served the master until the master was gone, and then he turned to beating his fellow servants and eating and drinking with drunkards (cf. Matt. 24:46-51).  I think that this servant must not … More Integrity and Intentions

Death is Just a Door

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB In the Holy Rule, St. Benedict recommends that we keep death before us daily (Rule 4.47), and the point of this is to keep our eyes on the goal: eternal life.  St. Benedict writes in the Prologue, “We shall through patience share in the sufferings of Christ, that … More Death is Just a Door

Becoming Children

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB “At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, ‘Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. … More Becoming Children