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  • Learning the Language of God

    11/22/2009 3:52:41 AM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 201+ views
    St. Walburga Blogspot ^ | November 21, 2009 | Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
    Learning the Language of God A reflection on the Gospel reading from Thursday, November 19th (Luke 19:41-44), by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB. In the Gospel it says, "As Jesus drew near to Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it saying, 'If this day you only knew what makes for peace, but now it is hidden from your eyes.'" I think there is a window open in which God comes to us and we can either accept or reject Him. The response we give is due to our attachments or detachments. Sometimes when we're so attached to something we...
  • Fighting Temptation

    11/14/2009 10:49:38 PM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 300+ views
    St. Walburga Blogspot ^ | Saturday, November 14, 2009 | Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
    Saturday, November 14, 2009 Fighting Temptation A meditation on the first Mass reading from November 10th (Wisdom 2:23-3:9) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB. The first reading from the book of Wisdom is just a treasure chest. It says, “God formed man to be imperishable. The image of His own nature He made him, but by the envy of the devil, death entered the world/ and they who are in his possession experience it.” I don’t think it’s our imagination that when we come closer to God, it seems like everything goes wrong—every temptation runs head strong at us, whatever it...
  • Striving for Perfection

    11/01/2009 5:44:03 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 234+ views
    St. Walburga Blogspot ^ | October 31, 2009 | Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
    Saturday, October 31, 2009 Striving for Perfection A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB. Sometimes we're so impatient to be perfect even with our own selves. We want it done yesterday. Part of our own stability and perseverance has to do with the fact that we have to be stable in our perseverance. We have to go through it and not expect perfection so quickly. It's humiliating to be humble. It's in our nature to be want to be done with it so quickly that we don't have to deal with it anymore. And yet don't we find that when...
  • What Are You Looking For?

    10/18/2009 5:19:08 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 224+ views
    St. Walburga Blogspot ^ | Saturday, October 17, 2009 | Mother Maria-Michael Newe
    A reflection on the first Mass reading for October 16, 2009 (Romans 4:1-8) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.When we heard the letter of St Paul to the Romans yesterday, that last sentence struck me: “Blessed the man whose sin the Lord does not record.” If the Lord is so gracious as to not record the sins of a man, can we be as gracious to ourselves? It’s good to repent and to know our sinfulness, but when the knowledge of our sins consumes us and we’re so busy recording everything we’ve done it weighs us down. And then we start...
  • Childlike Trust

    10/11/2009 4:03:31 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 238+ views
    stwalburga.blogspot.com ^ | Saturday, October 10, 2009 | Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
    Saturday, October 10, 2009 Childlike Trust A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB. On October 3rd, we celebrated the feast of Blessed Columbia Marmion.* What strikes me most about him is that in every situation he was in, (and we know that the latter part of his life was very difficult as he was having to move his monks during World War I), he never once doubted that Christ was in the midst leading him. Isn’t that what we’re hearing constantly in the Gospels—that childlike trust in God? I was thinking about that clarity of children. I remember my sisters...
  • Being Content

    09/28/2009 9:14:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 376+ views
    stwalburga.blogspot.com ^ | Saturday, September 26, 2009 | Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
    Being Content A reflection on the Mass readings for September 18, 2009 (1 Tim 6:2c-12; Luke 8:1-3) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB. In my reflections this morning, the word ‘contentment’ kept coming up. I first thought of this word in relation to what St. Benedict says in Chapter 7 of our Holy Rule where it reads: “The sixth degree of humility is that a monk be content with all that is mean and poor and in all that is enjoined on him esteem himself a sinful and unworthy laborer saying with the prophet ‘I have been brought to nothing and...
  • Living Now

    07/24/2009 9:36:53 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 217+ views
    St. Walburga Blogspot ^ | June 8, 2009 | Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
    A reflection on the Gospel reading for June 8, 2009, (Mt. 5:1-12) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB. When I read the Gospel of the Beatitudes earlier this week, what was rather striking to me was that it didn’t say: "blessed are those who were poor in spirit, blessed are those who had mourned, or blessed are those who were meek." No it says, “blessed are those who are...” That little active verb ‘are’. It’s the present moment that they’re doing it. They aren’t looking at the past and saying, “O gosh I was that way.” Nor are they looking in...
  • Being True to Your 'Yes'

    07/24/2009 2:43:37 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 156+ views
    St. Walburga Blogspot ^ | June 20, 2009 | Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB
    A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB. “You are the salt of the earth.” (Mt. 5:13) Salt can be used for healing and our lives can bring great healing by being who we are and living it fully. I heard a similar message in the letter to the Corinthians where St. Paul says, “Our word to you is not ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ For the Son of God, Jesus Christ was not ‘yes’ and ‘no’... but ‘yes’ has been in Him.” (2 Cor 1:18f) 'Yes' implies an openness. When someone says ‘yes’ it’s as if the door has been open wide...
  • Don't Try to Be God

    07/23/2009 7:23:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 291+ views
    St. Walburga Blogspot ^ | Tuesday, July 7, 2009 | Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB
    A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB. Sometimes in life, things happen that make us ask the question: “How can that be?” And when we try to take control of it, we can hear God asking us, “Do you trust me? Will you ask me to take care of it and then believe it will be taken care of?” I think we need truly to trust that God can handle our worries, that we don’t need to get our finger in every pie and try to take care of it ourselves. I love the saying Sr. Genevieve often uses: “I’m...