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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING            Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 There is no god besides you who have the care of all, that you need show you have not unjustly condemned.  For your might is the source of justice; your mastery over all things...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for July 19, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for July 19, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Finally some rain has come to our area.  Not much yet, but the temperatures have cooled down a bit.  Most of my life, I have been able to live in hot or cold temperatures...

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Impressions of Italy: Napoli (Naples)

Over a long weekend in May, I had the opportunity to visit the city of Naples, (“Napoli” in Italian) and found it to be a very worthwhile and enriching experience. I went there from Rome by train and the ride is just an hour long. In Naples I stayed with a community...

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A MOST SUCCESSFUL ADVANCED ESL CLASS

  Dr. Sylvia Castro and Dr. Melida Gonzalez, from the Houston and Austin areas, recently spent three week here are the Monastery teaching ESL to the five student monks in the above picture.  It was a time of intense study by these monks which consisted of classes...

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Isaiah 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:  Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for July 12, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for July 12, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  The former Abbot Primate of our Benedictine Confederation arrived here on Monday and was able to preside at the Conventual Mass here in the Monastery on Tuesday, July 11th,...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for July 5, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for July 5, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Always there are surprises in monastic life, even if the general rhythm is the same day after day.  In our monastic tradition, we tend to avoid too many surprises but we also...

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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING Zechariah 9:9-10 Thus says the LORD: Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal...

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13th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

13th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING            2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a One day Elisha came to Shunem, where there was a woman of influence, who urged him to dine with her.  Afterward, whenever he passed by, he used to stop there to dine.  So she...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for June 28, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for June 28, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you! Sitting at my desk, even with the best of chairs, sometimes causes me a lot of pain right now. There are days when both of my legs hurt so much that I want to do nothing! Yet I...

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12th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A–2017

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING            Jeremiah 20:10-13 Jeremiah said:  “I hear the whisperings of many:  ‘Terror on every side!  Denounce! let us denounce him!’  All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine....

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The Abbot’s Notebook for June 21, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for June 21, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Learning to slow down is a real challenge for me.  I think that I have done it well and then comes a day and I seem to work all day and the next day I have to have even more...

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Impressions of Rome: Aldo Moro

Impressions of Rome: Aldo Moro Nearly every day I walk past a memorial to one of Italy’s Prime Ministers who tragically died in 1978. The memorial is just three blocks from where I live and is on my usual “exercise walk” route. This essay is the story of the man and...

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Corpus Christi-Cycle A-2017

Corpus Christi-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a Moses said to the people:  "Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God, has directed all your journeying in the desert, so as to test you by affliction and find out whether or not...

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