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Contemplative Community

At Christ in the Desert we live our monastic life in community. There are times and places for solitude and privacy during each day, but much of what we do, be it prayer in church, our work, indoors or outdoors, meals in the refectory and recreation some days, we do...

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Scripture Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; First Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5: 38-48 When preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation as a seventh-grader in a Catholic school many moons ago, we adolescents were reminded by the nuns teaching that we were temples of...

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Feast of Saint Scholastica, February 10, 2020

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The familiar and famous words of Jesus to Martha, sister of Mary and Lazarus of Bethany, deserve special attention on this day, the Feast of Saint Scholastica, sister of Saint Benedict, and the day on which our...

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Dom Joseph Kuchta Chylinski Makes Solemn Vows

On Sunday, February 2nd, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, our Dom Joseph Kuchta Chylinski made his solemn vows, becoming a permanent member of our monastery. The day was beautiful in every way and...

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Mass Readings: Isaiah 8:23 – 9:3; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17; Matthew 4:12-23 The beginning of our Lord’s public ministry, after His Baptism in the River Jordan, is still on our minds. Just two weeks ago we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord. We hear today about the...

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings: Isaiah 49: 3,5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34   Probably many or maybe even most of us like to have someone travel with us when we make a long journey. It helps to lighten the burden of all the time, energy and stress entailed in getting from...

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More Monastic Musings

Here I would like to write something about what Thomas Merton calls “monastic renunciation.” This theme is presented in Merton’s 1964 monastic brochure written for the Trappist monks of Snowmass, Colorado. The brochure is called “Come to the Mountain,” and is...

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