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3rd Sunday of Advent-Cycle C-2018

3rd Sunday of Advent-Cycle C-2018 FIRST READING Zephaniah 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!  Sing joyfully, O Israel!  Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has removed the judgment against you he has turned away your enemies;...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 12, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for December 12, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  This is the day of the election of the abbot here in our Monastery of Christ in the Desert.  This Notebook goes out before that election happens.  If you want to find out...

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Abbatial Election Preparation

On December 12, 2018, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe The Right Reverend Philip Lawrence, OSB, the Abbot of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert will retire and the monastic chapter will elect a new Abbot under the supervision of the Abbot President of our...

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Impressions of Rome: Humor in Habit

Just as every school probably has its share of “class clowns,” many monasteries have their share as well. Possibly the same goes for Curias or Generalates, such as ours in Rome. I would like to recount some stories of “humor in habit” in this week’s posting. In the...

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2nd Sunday of Advent-Cycle C-2018

2nd Sunday of Advent-Cycle C-2018 FIRST READING Baruch 5:1-9 Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery; put on the splendor of glory from God forever: wrapped in the cloak of justice from God, bear on your head the miter that displays the glory of the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 5, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for December 5, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  We have had a heavy snow this week and it came on the very day of the diaconal ordination of our Brother Bonaventure here at the Monastery, December 2nd.  It did not stop...

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Impressions of Rome: Saint Mary Magdalene

Each time that I go to the Vatican, or its official title, “la Citta’ del Vaticano,” some twenty-five minutes on foot from where I live, I pass by the large church of Saint John the Baptist of the Florentines, or in Italian, “San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini.”...

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1st Sunday of Advent-Cycle C—2018

1st Sunday of Advent-Cycle C—2018 FIRST READING                               Jeremiah 33:14-16 The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah.  In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 28, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for November 28, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Now we are only two weeks away from the election of an abbot here in our community.  Our Abbot President, Abbot Guillermo Arboleda Tamayo, has asked us to pray with these...

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Impressions of Rome: Circo Massimo

There is possibly a logical explanation, such as “historic preservation,” and let us hope that is the reason, but I confess my surprise that such a huge tract of land right in the historic center of Rome remains undeveloped. It is the size of at least a couple of...

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Homily for Christ the King-Cycle B—2018

Homily for Christ the King-Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING            Daniel 7:13-14 As the visions during the night continued, I saw one like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; when he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, the one like a Son of...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 21, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for November 21, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  This past week we finished our annual retreat.  Father John Murphy, S.J., conducted the retreat for us and it was, at least for me, a very wonderful retreat.  Thanks be to...

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Impressions of Rome: Book Presentation

Dom Roberto Ferrari, a forty-something Italian monk who is completing his doctorate in spirituality, lives at our Curia Sant’Ambrogio here in Rome. Ferrari has published a number of books, and most recently, one on the relationship between State and Religion in Italy,...

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time — Cycle B — 2018

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time  --  Cycle B  --  2018 First Reading                  Daniel 12:1-3 In those days, I, Daniel, heard this word of the Lord: "At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; it shall be a time unsurpassed...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 14, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for November 14, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  This past week I have received a bad cold and sore throat as a gift from others.  I presided at the temporary vows of our Brother Emmanuel Dao Van Rinh, barely able to...

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Impressions of Italy: Medieval Memories

Though I am perfectly happy to have been born in the mid-twentieth century, 1952 to be precise, when many of the conveniences we now take for granted, such as cars, air conditioning, central heating, modern plumbing, reliable medicine, health care, the telephone,...

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING                 1 Kings 17:10-16 In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath.  As he arrived at the entrance of the city, a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her, "Please bring me a...

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