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May 21th: Meet Us In Chama!

This Friday afternoon, May 21st, a variety of our handmade products will be for sale at the Chama Valley Farmers Market, near the village of Chama, New Mexico. Our Brothers Andre and Isidore will be at the Market from 3:00 to 5:00 pm this Friday, with our soaps,...

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April 20th: From Our Weaving Workshop

We still have 2 rugs left to present for purchase from the Monastery Workshop. Each rug is made with prayer and care by one of our monks. The wool, both warp and weft, is 100% Navajo-Churro and hand-dyed. The rugs for sale are one-of-a-kind and nearly identical in...

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June 18th: One Among A Cast of Thousands

Our hives are thriving with eager bees and we look forward to a bountiful harvest of honey some time in the fall. Brother Chrysostom is our beekeeper and manages to stay "sting free" most of the time. Some weeks ago he provided us with a sampling of the honey from one...

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Scripture Texts: Job 38: 1, 8-11; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41 We might all agree that in daily life there are circumstances, events and realities that make us feel happy or joyful: getting a vacation, for example, or seeing old friends and family after a long...

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June 17th: Daylilies

As mid-June arrives, so too daylilies in our cloister garden. Somewhat illusive flowers, some times blooming and sometimes not, they contribute to the display of God's great color scheme in the midst of desert beauty. Much of the Southwest is experiencing a heatwave...

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June 16th: Saint John Paul II Garden

Between our Monastery church and the Guest Reception Building, is the Saint John Paul II Silent Meditation Garden. It is beginning to look beautiful once again with the leafing of the Rose of Sharon bushes and other flora. The space is called a "Silent Meditation...

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June 15th: Lambs on the Rocks

Our two dozen sheep, mostly ewes, but also a few young rams, are doing well. The same goes for Matty the guard donkey, who keeps a watchful eye on the flock. Our sheep are a heritage breed, called Navajo-Churros, having arrived in the New World with Spanish explorers...

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June 14th: A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

While not in the running with Pasadena, California, nor Portland, Oregon, both "Cities of Roses," with annual Rose Parades and Festivals, our modest monastery rose patches are lovely to behold nonetheless. Throughout the late Spring and Summer, we can usually count on...

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June 13th: Flowers Recycled

As garden flowers fade--in this case peonies--they become perfect bedding for the hen house, dedicated to Saint Brigid of Kildare. Our flock of forty-five is thriving and producing two to three dozen eggs each day. The hens have a large space to roam in Abbotsfield,...

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Scripture Readings: Ezekiel 17:22-24; Second Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:21-34 Of late we have been celebrating a number of festive Sundays: Pentecost, Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi, as well as non-Sunday ones, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary....

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Summer Newsletter 2021: Conversion of Life

CONVERSION OF LIFE At the heart of every Christian vocation is the call to “conversion” or “change of heart.” And what does that mean? Basically it is a matter of avoiding whatever is not of God and embracing God’s ways of love, forgiveness, communion, and doing good....

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June 8th: Opening Up

After a hiatus of over a year, our Monastery church, Giftshop and designated grounds are open once again. Brother Isidore is the Giftshop Manager and is in our shop each morning, beginning at 9:00 am. Brothers Andre and Benedict are also on hand to assist you each...

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June 7: Morning Sky

William Turner? William Blake? Fra Angelico? All of these artists come to mind when contemplating the morning light and clouds in the Chama Canyon, photographed on Sunday, June 6th. The glory of God shines out in nature around us, and for this we give thanks. In the...

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May 6th: Oasis in the Desert

Over the years we have planted trees and bushes on our property, to create several gardens for prayer, respite and shade in the desert, spaces that are often called "oaises," a word of Egyptian origin which means, "dwelling place." The photo below is from our Blessed...

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June 5th: Cloister Flowers

This year our cloister garden is seeing an abundance of peonies in bloom just now. The colors range from white and pink to magenta. The flowers are so large and heavy this year that they routinely topple over, right to the ground. Fortunately the stems don't snap, so...

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June 4th: Best of Friends

Matty the burro and Mable the hen have struck up a friendship over the past year in the same pasture, what we've dubbed, "Abbotsfield." It is interesting to observe how the creatures in our farmyard: sheep, donkey, chickens and even bees, interact and harmoniously...

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June 2nd: First Rose of Summer

A bit ahead of schedule, since summer is still three weeks away, roses are beginning to bloom in our cloister garden. None of us here is an expert on the names of the varieties of roses we cultivate, but "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," as Shakespeare...

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June 1st: Green Acres

Recent rain has turned our Chama canyon valley greener than usual. Experts tell us the great Southwest is suffering through drought conditions, so we are grateful for any amount of moisture to our land. The reopening of our Monastery grounds, church and Giftshop as of...

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May 31st: Memorial Day and the Visitation 

Americans keep May 31st this year as the day to honor and pray for all who have died in the service of their country in the various branches of the military, called Memorial Day. This is also the date every year when Catholics recount the visit that the Virgin Mary...

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