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Impressions of Italy: Monastic Products

I have said it often enough over the past forty-seven years as a monk to have gotten tired of hearing myself say it, but here I am actually writing it: monks (and nuns) don’t receive a monthly pay check from the Vatican for being good monks and nuns. Therefore, in...

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING            Wisdom 7:7-11 I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.  I preferred her to scepter and throne, and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her, nor did...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 10, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for October 10, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Last Friday night, October 5th, we had four more men enter the novitiate here at Christ in the Desert.  First was Brother Seraphim who is 33 years old and comes from Kerala...

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Impressions of Italy: Bismantova

In August I spent part of a day in a national park in the region of Reggio Emilia of central Italy I was there escaping the blistering heat of Rome, where air conditioning is largely absent. The place is part of the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Appennines,...

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING                     Genesis 2:18-24 The Lord God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a suitable partner for him."  So the Lord God formed out of the ground various wild animals and...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 3, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for October 3, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Last Saturday, September 29th, our Brother Michael Mugambi made his first vows in our community.  He is our sixth professed monk from Kenya.  Sister Josephine of the...

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Impressions of Rome: EUR

Rome: EUR Those who live and work in Rome are presumably aware of, but perhaps rarely visit, a place called “EUR.” The three letters are an acronym for “Esposizione Universale Romana,” that is the “World Exposition in Rome.” And what exactly is that? As a place, EUR...

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING            Numbers 11:25-29 The Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses.  Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses, the Lord bestowed it on the seventy elders; and as the spirit came to rest on...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for September 26, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for September 26, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  It has been an interesting week because the Weimaraner Benny always gets into trouble.  Sometime he seems more accident prone than any dog that we have ever had.  He just...

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING            Wisdom 2:12, 17-20 The wicked say:  Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for September 19, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for September 19, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  I am back home at Christ in the Desert after almost two weeks in Mexico.  During that time I visited the Monastery of San Benito in Mexico City, the Monastery of Nuestra...

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2015

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2015 FIRST READING            Isaiah 50:5-9a The Lord God opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back.  I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for September 12, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for September 12, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  I am writing to you from Mexico and ask your prayers for all of our communities here.  The travel to Mexico was without problems and as soon as I got here, I began...

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Impressions of Italy: Elvis Presley

It really took me by surprise, when recently, while reading a periodical published by the Carmelite friars in Italy, called, “Il Carmelo Oggi,” that is, “Carmel Today,” to find a two-page editorial article in the May 2018 issue about Elvis Presley! The piece was...

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING            Isaiah 35:4-7a Thus says the Lord:  Say to those whose hearts are frightened:  Be strong, fear not!  Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.  Then...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for September 5, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for September 5, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Another week at home and everything here is relatively quiet and peaceful.  Our Father Andrew, who is 55 years old, had a mild heart attack on September 1st, so please...

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