Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2,22-29; Book of Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; Gospel According to Saint John 14:23-29 This Sunday’s Gospel passage comes from the Farewell Discourse of Jesus at the Last Supper, right before his betrayal, crucifixion and...

May 20th: Spring in Full Swing

Our houseplants, always indoors for the colder months, are outside once again. Nighttime temperatures are at present around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so there is no longer danger that the plants might freeze. On a less happy note, the drought in the great Southwest...

May 14th: Irises Begin to Bloom

In our cloister quadrangle garden, surrounded by our living quarters, the early-blooming daffodils and tulips have run their course and now irises are appearing, soon to be followed by peonies and roses. The flowers we enjoy throughout the Spring and Summer never...

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C

Readings: Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27; Revelation 21:1-5; John13:31-35 An essential part of being a follower of Jesus Christ is a willingness to love. How many times have we heard with our ears and our hearts the words in today’s Gospel passage, “I give you a new...

May 9th: Chewy and the Chickens

In our little corner of the Peaceable Kingdom, the feathered and woolen creatures get along very well. And that includes Matty the donkey as well. In fact, she is a bit of the center of activity, at least for the sheep. The poultry tend to be more independent-minded....

May 4th: Easter Greetings

The solemn celebration of Easter continues here in the quiet of the Chama Canyon Wilderness. We are now in the Third Week of the Easter Season, which extends until Pentecost Sunday on June 5th, when Paschaltide (the Easter Season) comes to an end. After Easter comes...

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 13:14, 43-52; Book of Revelation 7:9, 14-17; Gospel According to Saint John 10:27-30 Our Lord Jesus Christ, during his earthly ministry, knew very well how to speak to the people about his person and his mission, using simple...

April 30th: Desert Beauty

In the midst of Desert beauty we marvel at the wonders of God’s creation. In this high desert setting of 6,500 feet above sea level, we enjoy four fairly distinct seasons. Each has its own chacteristics, and typically brothers prefer one over another. For some,...

April 26th: Spring in Full Force

New life in the form of flowers and trees coming into bloom just now add to the joyful mood of the Easter Season we are celebrating. Some recent winds and continued dry weather are not so welcome, and we continue to pray for rain. Our cloister garden stays green, but...

April 24th: Easter Octave

Christ is Risen! He is Truly Risen! We are still basking in the light of the Risen Lord, with the cry of “Alleluia” ringing in our hearts and with our voices. The Liturgy we celebrate in common is filled with the Hebrew word for “Praise be...

Second Sunday of Easter, Year C

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16; Revelation 1:9-11;12-13;17-19; Gospel According to Saint John 20:19-31 We continue our celebration of the Passover of Christ whose resurrection from the dead is the cause of our joy. This Sunday’s Gospel shows us...

April 21st: Easter Octave

We continue our solemn celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord with Easter chants, incense, the Paschal Candle aglow, bells and many “Alleluias.” Christ in Risen! He is Truly Risen! Alleluia! All of our families, friends, benefactors and oblates are in...

Spring Raffle Winners!

On Easter Sunday we had our Spring Raffle drawing, and the winners, from around the country are as follows. Eight prizes of $500 each: 1. E.S. of Albuquerque, NM.       ticket # 1158 2. J.P. of Houston, TX                 ticket # 1403 3. D.R. of Santa Fe, NM        ...

April 18th: Easter Week

Today’s photo was taken by Prior Bonaventure, during our usual 4:00 am Easter Sunday Vigil Mass. About twenty-five guests and visitors joined the monastic community for the Vigil Mass, composed of the outdoor blessing of the Easter Fire, listening to Old and New...

Easter Sunday 2022

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! With our greetings and prayers on this “Festival of Festivals”! May the Risen Christ be our joy and hope! We are grateful beyond words for our families, friends, neighbors and benefactors. May the Lord reward all those...

Easter Sunday

The great message ringing out during this holiest of days is contained in the words of the angel at the empty tomb, heard at the Gospel account according to Saint Matthew: “Do not be afraid, I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not...

Holy Thursday

Each Holy Thursday the Church recounts the evening when Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his closest disciples. At that meal Jesus inaugurated the Passover of the New Covenant, when the supreme sacrifice would be offered for the salvation of the human race, by...

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year C

Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11 The Gospel account this Sunday is partly a study in contrasts. That is, we see the great disproportion that exists between the infinite mercy of God and the very human quick-to-condemn approach of many with...

April 2nd: Chiaroscuro Image

A beautiful image of Saint Benedict in his “Holy Cave” (Sacro Speco) at Subiaco, Italy, graces the monastic chapel of the Benedictine nuns of the Monastery of “Our Lady of Tepeyac” at Coyoacan in Mexico City. Chiaroscuro is defined as the use...