January 10th: Taxi Time

Some of our hens can’t resist a free ride, especially when snow has fallen. Once again, Matty the guard-donkey obliges when Diane or Connie, Clare or Lucy hop on board for a spin around the pasture. No sweat, no cost, so who can ask for anything more? Recently...

January 8th: La Soledad, Mexico

This past December, two of our monks, Brother Savio and Brother Chrysostom, visited the Monastery of Our Lady of Solitude (La Soledad), in central Mexico, near the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. La Soledad is the place where the founder and first superior of...

January 6th: God’s Grandeur

Today’s photo was taken at sunset on January 4th, offering another glimpse of the “grandeur of God,” as British Jesuit poet Father Gerard Manley Hopkins, who died in 1889, referred to the wonders of creation. Because we live in a canyon, in a valley...

January 5th: Fire Or Ice?

A hundred years ago the American poet Robert Frost speculated on the form of the end of time, in a poem called “Fire and Ice.” He concludes that both are possibilities and equally devastating when the world ends. In fact we do not really know, do we, nor...

January 4th: God Is Nigh

How can a sunset such as pictured below fail to call to mind the majesty of God? At this Monastery we are blessed with such reminders throughout the year, and how easy to take them for granted. Perhaps the same occurs in regard to those who comprise our families or...

January 3rd: Christmastide

How does an abbot decorate for Christmas? The photo below gives a glimpse. A small flowering plant in the abbot’s office became a Christmas tree, adorned with handmade angels and saints sent to him from various places throughout December. Nativity cards and...

December 30th: Let It Snow!

In the midst of desert beauty, we are currently being treated to snow. Prayers and patience have paid off as powdery moisture proves to be “just what the doctor ordered” for this part of the great Southwest. We have gotten a good few inches of snow so far,...

December 29th: Christmas Sky

This year on Christmas Eve and Day, an abundance of rain fell in our environs. We are most grateful for the gift of rain from God, and are praying that more might fall. Thus far we have seen very little snow fall, but that we await for as well. The great silence of...

December 22nd: Winter Sky

Winter has begun, with some dramatic “skyscapes” to accompany it. “Look up and see, your salvation is near at hand,” we are chanting these days at the Liturgy in church. We are all well, thanks be to God, staying cozy in our heated buildings...

December 19th: Winter’s Arrival

In three more days winter officially begins and daylight will start to increase once again. We are always grateful for that, even if summer’s heat is some months away. In the Chama Canyon where we live the nights are cold now, often down to freezing or below by...

December 16th: Snowy and Sunny

We received some snow at dawn on Wednesday morning, December 15th. It all happened very quickly during Lauds and Mass and ceased as abruptly as it started. In these times we are grateful for moisture in any form, and even a couple of inches of snow is worth its weight...

December 14th: The Power of Flowers

Nothing quite lifts the spirits of the attentive as blooming flowers. While winters can be cold here, mostly in the early morning, sunshine usually abounds throughout the day. That gives a real boost for house plants, providing us with many hours and days of viewing...

December 11th: First Snow

On December 10th, the Abbot’s 69th birthday(!) we had our first sighting of snow, in the upper canyon north of us. Moisture is much needed and appreciated in any form during this time of drought, so we were delighted when rain fell throughout the night of...

December 10th: Really Chickens

Someone recently wrote us: “Do you really have chickens?” That alerted us to the fact that maybe our flock is not getting enough face-time. In the photo below, our Kitchen Manager (though not the Chicken Manager), Father Zachary, is proffering the hens...

December 7th: Habemus Carrum Novum

We have a new car! More precisely, it is a 2012 Chevrolet, all-wheel, silver-colored cargo van, perfect for our weekly grocery shopping. It is pictured below. The van came all the way from South Dakota and is a “dream-come-true.” We are deeply grateful and...

December 3rd: Christmas Cactus

True to form, our Christmas cactus are beginning to bloom. The delicate magenta- colored flowers always appear in December and usually once again in the course of the year. While the cactus is a distinctive Christmas visitor, we monks don’t start decorating and...

December 1st: Daily Fare

Egg production typically slows down at the time of year, only increasing after the Winter Solstice, which occurs on December 21st this year. Because of the variety of breeds of our hens, we always have an array of color and size in the delicious eggs they produce....

November 25th: Giving Thanks

Hopefully we all have something or even many things for which to be thankful. Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans dedicate the day to giving thanks, and we monks celebrate Thanksgiving Day as well. On Thanksgiving we have our Mass, as we always...