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8th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A — 2017

8th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A — 2017 FIRST READING                     Isaiah 49:14-15 Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.”  Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?  Even should she forget, I...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 22, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for February 22, 2017 Blessings to you!  Today I am writing to you from South Africa.  I am in the northern part of this country, in the Province of Limpopo, at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Polokwane.  I have not been here in many years but know most...

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7th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A — 2017

7th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A — 2017 FIRST READING                 Leviticus   19:1-2, 17-18 The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them:  Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.  “You shall not bear hatred for your brother...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 15, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for February 15, 2017 Blessings to you!  I am still at home in my own room and writing this in my office.  Thanks be to God.  Joshua the Beagle has not returned.  My heart is sad because I felt very close to him.  Always I keep hoping that I will...

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Impressions of Rome: Falling In Rome

Impressions of Rome: Falling In Rome What do I mean by “Falling in Rome”? Did I leave out the words “love with,” meaning to say, “Falling in Love with Rome”? No, I mean falling in Rome, as in falling down. What do I mean by that? And are you tired of four sentences...

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING            Sirach 15:15-20 If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live; he has set before you fire and water to whichever you choose, stretch forth your...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 8, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for February 8, 2017 Blessings to you! Here I am back at Christ in the Desert and still working at adjust to the 14 hour time difference between here at Vietnam. I am always happy to be home even though there are challenges to being here and to...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 1, 21017

The Abbot's Notebook for February 1, 21017 Blessings to you!  I am writing from Vietnam and will leave Vietnam tomorrow to return home.  You can imagine I was a bit nervous arriving in Vietnam without an actual, physical visa in my passport.  But I had received the...

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Isaiah 58:7-10 Thus says the LORD:  Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own.  Then your light...

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Impressions of Rome: City of Bells

Impressions of Rome: City of Bells As I well recall from living here thirty years ago, from 1985 to 1988, Rome was and is a “City of Bells.” Mostly heard in the morning, at midday and in the evening, especially on Sundays, the city is often “alive” with the pealing of...

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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth, who have observed his law; seek justice, seek humility; perhaps you may be sheltered on the day of the LORD’S anger.  But I will leave...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 25, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for January 25, 2017 Blessings to you! Life sometimes gets crazy for me, especially when most of the other superiors of the monastery are away and I get to pick up all of their work. At the beginning of any New Year, I am also responsible for...

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Impressions of Rome: Earthquakes on the Mind

Impressions of Rome: Earthquakes on the Mind Less than a week in Rome I experienced my first “Roman tremors,” as seismic activity was occurring some ninety miles away. In central Italy’s L’Aquilla region, not far from last year’s destructive quakes, there was an...

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3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Isaiah 8:23—9:3 First the Lord degraded the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali; but in the end he has glorified the seaward road, the land west of the Jordan, the District of the Gentiles. ...

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