January 28th: Sheep Is Life

From the beginning of our monastery, sheep have off and on been part of the mix. Our founding Prior, Father Aelred Wall (1917-1984), had Suffolk sheep here, a popular breed in the 1960s, prized especially for their meat. The vintage photo below shows an early herd of...

January 25th: We Are Well

As of today, no sign of coronavirus has reached our monastery. With ages ranging from 24 to 94, we feel very blessed. May good health continue here! We know of cases that have reached other monasteries and religious communities that has wreaked havoc in otherwise...

January 24th: Our Lady of Guadalupe

Each evening at the beginning of our time of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in church, which concludes with the chanting of Vespers, we recite a prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe, composed by Pope Francis. The focus of the prayer is asking for the Blessed Virgin...

January 23rd: Minor Ministries

Four monks studying in Rome at Sant’Anselmo, including our Brother Gregorio, recently received the minor ministries of lector and acolyte. These two ministries are required before being ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church. Our Benedictine Abbot Primate...

January 22nd: Monks’ Soap

For several years we have been making and selling goats’ milk soap. It’s an all-natural product and has been a popular item in our Giftshop here, which, along with our Guesthouse, has been closed for nearly a year. At present we are increasing our...

January 21st: Holy Images

An important Council, or gathering, of Church leaders took place in 787 AD at Nicea in Asia Minor, modern day Turkey. The Council of Nicea decreed that holy images (icons) of Jesus, his mother Mary, as well as the angels and saints, and other sacred images, such as...

January 20th: I Lift Up My Eyes

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands. Day unto day takes up the story and night unto night makes known the message” Psalm 18. Living as we do at 6,500 feet above sea level, the air we breathe and the...

January 19th: Donkey Duty

When your day seems out of balance And so many things go wrong — When people fight around you And the day drags on — and on — When parents act like children And everything goes wonkey Go out into the pasture Wrap your arms around your donkey. His...

January 18th: Ordinary Time

The festive mood of the Christmas season has ended and once again we have returned to “Ordinary Time” in the Liturgical Calendar. In fact no time is “ordinary,” since our encounter with God can happen whatever the season. We are continually...

January 17th: Canyon Beauty

The majesty of the Chama canyon where the monastery is situated is endless in its shapes and colors. This canyon was once part of a shallow ocean that gradually receeded and that dinosaurs once roamed these lands. This verse from Psalm 24 comes to mind when...

January 15th: Pinata Time

Our Brother Gregorio is pictured here with the Christmas 2020 pinata (hopefully readers know what a pinata is) at the Abbey of Sant’Anselmo in Rome, where Br Gregorio is pursuing philosophy and theology studies at the Pontificial university run by our...

Winter Raffle Drawing Results

Say the name, “Brother Jude,” and many of our friends will say, “Raffle monk.” Yes, Brother Jude is a consummate fundraiser, specializing in raffles. In this time of nearly a year with our Guesthouse and Giftshop closed, we have been seeking...

January 13th: Adoration

From 5:20 to 5:45 each evening we have a period of Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in church. Brothers simply pray in silence, sitting or kneeling, in the presence of the Lord. Concluding the Adoration period, the Evening Prayer of the Church,...

January 12th: Ordinary Time

Somewhat in the shadows (hence the dark photo), God’s creatures in our peaceable kingdom return to their usual state of basically getting along. Pictured here are Gnuf Gnuf the dog and Monica the cat, who have a long-standing record of irenic co-existence. Among...

January 11th: Free Range Eggs

Despite the cold, our majestical hens are producing between fifteen and twenty-two eggs per day. There’s nothing like farm fresh eggs with luiminously yellow yokes! What the hens are currently producing meets our daily needs. We are sorry we still can’t...

January 8th: Christmas Season Still

As the Church’s Christmas Season draws to a close this Sunday with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, we will soon be putting away our Nativity displays, Christmas lights, poinsettia plants and festive handmade wreaths. The photo today is a close-up of...

January 7th: Icon Writing

Having completed in October of last year a two-week long icon-writing course with Abbot Damian Higgins of Holy Transfiguration Byzantine Catholic Monastery at Redwood Valley, California, our Brothers Savio and Efren have set up an icon studio here and have begun to...

January 5th: Winter Cheer

Predictably, our Christmas cactus are blooming again. We have several large pots of them, safely kept indoors all winter and in the full light of sun most of the day. The Christmas cactus and about twenty other potted plants and flowers are in the cloister corridor...