Fr. Robert Nixon, OSB

Fr. Robert Nixon, OSB, is a monk of the Abbey of the Most Holy Trinity, New Norcia, Western Australia.  There he serves as Director of the Institute for Benedictine Studies.  He is a retreat master and liturgist. His interests include Medieval Latin literature, especially the lives of the saints.

Zaragoza,,Spain,-,March,1,,2018:,The,Painting,Of,Madonna

The Author of the Salve Regina: the Stories of Two Great Lovers of Mary

The Salve Regina, after the Hail Mary, is undoubtedly the best-known and best-loved Marian prayer within the Catholic tradition. It is recited at the conclusion of each mystery of the Rosary; and, for those in monastic and consecrated life, it is traditionally sung as a final antiphon at night after compline, throughout most seasons of…

Cloister,Arch,Perspective,Of,Cahors,Cathedral,In,France

Freedom as a Divine Gift and Duty

Freedom is indisputably one of the paradigmatic and quintessential values of our Western culture, so much so that we may be led to conclude that it is a value which springs out of our human nature itself. To a certain extent, this is true. But if we examine the history of humanity in its broadest…

Turin,,Italy,-,March,14,,2017:,The,Painting,Of,Nativity

Advent: A Time for Preparing One’s Heart to Welcome the Infant Jesus

The season of Advent, like the season of Lent, is a time of earnest and directed preparation for God. Whereas in Lent, we prepare for the blessed passion and glorious Resurrection of our Lord, in Advent we prepare for His Incarnation, the entrance of Jesus Christ, who is God Himself, into this world of time…

Reggio,Emilia,,Italy,-,April,12,,2018:,The,Fresco,Of

Thomas Aquinas: 7 Little-Known Miracles of the Angelic Doctor

St. Thomas Aquinas, honored by the Church with the appellation of the ‘Angelic Doctor’, is amongst the most widely venerated of all Catholic saints. His writings are carefully read by all students of theology, and he is perhaps given more authority than any other single theological writer. Yet despite the fact that he is so…

Brescia,,Italy,-,May,23,,2016:,The,Painting,Of,The

Humility: A Hidden Source of Strength

Humility is the virtue which is perhaps more easily misunderstood and underappreciated than any other. Our culture values personal confidence, self-belief and resolution, and rightly so. And we are acutely aware of the psychological dangers of low-self-esteem, with which so many people struggle today, especially the young. Yet true humility is not in opposition to…