Below, one of our many hens is enjoying the currently spring-like weather in this part of Northern New Mexico. However, the climate can quickly change at this time of year, with no guarantee of “full speed ahead” toward Spring and Summer. Snow may in fact reappear this month and next, though it will melt fast as the earth warms up.

Each first Friday of the month the monks have a “desert day,” as we call it. There is no obligatory work period that day, with extra time to rest, read, pray, exercise and walk in solitude.

Throughout the desert day we have Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in church, with brothers spending an hour at a time before the Blessed Sacrament, from after morning Mass until Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 5:35 pm, followed by Vespers.

We keep all of you, our relatives, friends and benefactors in our daily prayers, and especially so on our March desert day.

Please pray for us as well. Thank you for your part in our lives. It makes all the difference.

Abbot Christian and the monks