October 18th: Year of Saint Joseph

The Universal Church continues to celebrate the Year of Saint Joseph, Foster-father of Jesus. Saint Joseph is often called “the Silent,” because no words of his are recorded in Scripture. On the other hand, we know that Joseph must have spoken, even often,...

October 16th: Mobile Monks

Since our Guesthouse is still closed, we continue to seek creative ways to make ends meet and to pay our bills. This weekend three of our solemnly professed monks are at Our Lady of La Vang Vietnamese Parish in Las Vegas, Nevada, where many hundreds are  attending...

October 14th: Veritas Orchard

Our orchard is progressing well, with the planting of the trees now taking place. We have twelve fruit trees in all, three varieties of pear and six varieties of apple. In addition to the trees, we have Russian comfrey, a companion plant to the trees, which adds...

October 13th: Happy Hens

Our forty-something hens and one lone rooster, named Rudy, never turn down offerings from the kitchen: leftover salad, fruit, vegetables, as well as rice and noodles. Fr Zachary is our Kitchen Manager and usually has offerings for the hens each afternoon. In...

October 12th: Sunrise, Sunset

Sunrise in the Chama Canyon where we live is always tranquil and sometimes dramatic. Sunset, on the other hand, is often on the tempestuous side. The recent sunrise pictured today finds a bird perched on the cross atop our church belltower. Writing fifty-three years...

October 10th: Squash Season

This Spring we were given three tiny heirloom squash plants. They were planted in a little corner of the cloister garden, normally the domain of various flowers. The sqash plants in the cloister grew by leaps and bounds, and the results have been gratifying to both...

October 9th: Autumn Glory

The many Cottonwood trees in the Chama Canyon Wilderness where we live are now at their peak as we move toward mid-October. The drive to the Monastery from Highway 84, along Forest Service Road 151, is always noteworthy for its beauty, and especially so just now. In...

October 7th: Cloister With A View

While it’s technically (meteorologically?) Autumn, it still looks like sumner in our cloister garden. Easter lilies and roses continue to bloom and the grass is as green as in Ireland. This summer and fall, in addition to having an abundance of flowers, the...

October 6th: Autumn Projects

We asked Matty our donkey, who guards our sheep, to take a break and stand behind her favorite of the three rugs recently woven by our brothers. Matty’s choice likely reflects her personal color preference: black, gray and white. Before we market these beautiful...

October 5th: Red October

Sunsets this month have been on the dramatic side, as today’s photo attests. After some days of rain, we are enjoying the slightly greening once again of our pastures and cloister lawns. How long this will last before the first hard frost arrives remains to be...

October 3rd: Autumn’s Calling

An abundance of rain has fallen recently in the Chama canyon and we are grateful to God for this gift to the land. More moisture is needed for relief from drought conditions, so we won’t cease praying for rain just yet. The Fall colors are in full view now and...

October 1st: Our Koi

Easily overlooked and rarely mentioned, is our school of koi, lovely golden and silver fish, who inhabit our cloister pond. Numbering around forty, the koi quietly pass their days swimming, eating and minding their own business, day by day, year by year, Winter,...

September 26th: Lilies and Roses

So far, the mild autumn weather has encouraged an abundance of lilies and roses, providing beautiful flowers from our cloister garden for decorating in church. At this time of year we can sometimes have freezing temperatures in the mornings, but not yet this year....

September 24th: Wheel of Fortune

While we’ve been praying for “four wheels” (a car!), we were recently very surprised with a gift of one wheel, a spinning wheel, and a very fine one at that. The piece was completely handcrafted in Donnegal, Ireland, in 2019, by the master spinning...

September 19th: Gift of Knowledge

“Through the spirit of knowledge that is given to you, you are the master by virtue of your practical knowledge and you use in public the perfect abundance of your abounding heart with the confidence of a full mind.” Twelfth century monk Theophilus on...

September 18th: Fortitude

“Through the spirit of fortitude you shake off all the apathy of sloth, and whatever you commence with quick enthusiasm you carry through to completion with full vigor.” 12th century Theophilus the monk, “On the Seven Gifts of the Holy...

September 17th: The Gift of Counsel

“Through the spirit of counsel you do not hide away the talent given to you by God, but, working and teaching openly and with humility, you faithfully reveal it to those who desire to learn.” Medieval monk Theophilus, on “The Seven Gifts of the Holy...

September 16th: Monastic Profession

On September 6th, the annual Feast of Our Lady of Solitude (La Soledad), Brother Santiago made his first profession of vows as a Benedictine monk at the Monastery of La Soledad, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, and near the city of San Miguel de Allende. La Soledad...