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Mount Athos Pilgrimage: Part IV

Dear Friends in Christ, Something that struck me while on Mount Athos in Greece from September 3 to October 11, 1979, was that the monks we met were there simply for monastic life and nothing else. That may seem like an obvious enough observation, but the focus on...

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Mount Athos Pilgrimage: Part III

Dear Friends in Christ, Just two days into our Mount Athos pilgrimage, on September 5, 1979, Brother Xavier and I visited the Skete of Saint Daniel (“Danieleon” in Greek), a skete being a small establishment of monks. The Saint Daniel group of five monks were all icon...

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23; Letter to the Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; Gospel According to Saint Luke 12:13-21 This Sunday’s Scripture readings provide us with another opportunity to reflect on the fact that “you can’t take it with you,” when one...

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Mount Athos Pilgrimage: Part Two

Dear Friends in Christ, The last “Abbot’s Notebook” entry found Brother Xavier McGough and myself in London, England, en route to Mount Athos in Greece. This was taking place at the end of July and the beginning of August,1977, when I was 26 years old. Besides staying...

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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019 FIRST READING  Genesis 18:1-10a The LORD appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre, as he sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot.  Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby.  When he saw...

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time—Cycle C—2019

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time--Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Moses said to the people:  "If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the...

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50/50 Raffle Winners

On June 30th we had the drawing for "50/50 Raffle." Total ticket sales amounted to $1,585.00. That amount was then divided in half, so the monastery got $792, and the three winners got, respectively, 75% of $792; 15% of $792; and 10% of $792. One hundred seventy...

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Summer Newsletter

Renewal in Christ Jesus The Right Reverend John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe,  presided over the Solemnity of the Annunciation of Mary coinciding with the Abbatial Blessing of Abbot Christian Leisy, OSB on March 25, 2019 at Christ in the Desert Monastery....

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Mount Athos: Part One

Dear Friends in Christ, This year marks the fortieth “anniversary” of the transformative pilgrimage I made with the late Brother Xavier McGough of our monastery, to the Holy Mountain of Mount Athos in Greece. I promised the monks we met and befriended there in 1979...

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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time–Cycle C–2019

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019 FIRST READING  Isaiah 66:10-14c Thus says the LORD:  Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her; exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her!  Oh, that you may suck fully of the milk...

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Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: First Book of Kings 19:16-21; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 5:1, 13-18; Gospel According to Saint Luke 9:51-62 Whether young or old, poor or rich, people normally wish to be treated with respect and fairness. Jesus encountered a lack of...

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