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3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING Jonah 3:1-5, 10 The word of the Lord came to Jonah, saying: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 17, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for January 17, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  It has been one of those wonderful and quiet weeks in the monastery.  Father David Anderson is here, giving us classes on Scripture and Brother Ruzai returned to India for...

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Father David Anderson Lectures…..

                           As part of our ongoing spiritual and monastic formation, our monastery has profited by the presence of Father David Anderson, an Eastern Catholic priest and Patristic scholar from Ukiah, California. Father David serves as pastor at...

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING            1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19 Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was.  The Lord called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.”  Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 10, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for January 10, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  The great celebrations of Christmas, Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord have come to an end and now we are back in Ordinary Time.  This time after the great solemnities...

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Impressions of Rome: Christmas

Recently I have been asked, more than once, “So how was your Christmas?” Before answering the question, I would ask another. Have you noticed that Americans now begin almost every question with the word, “So”? I haven’t quite figured out why that is, but it seems all...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 3, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for January 3, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  May this New Year bring you closer to the Lord Jesus and thus give you intense awareness of His love!  May it also bring joy and other blessings. Here in the community we...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 27, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for December 27, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!   Christmas!  What a joyful time of year for most of us.  Here at Christ in the Desert our schedules are turned upside down from the day before Christmas (Christian Eve)...

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Impressions of Rome: The Flight of Books

As a youngest growing up near the Oregon coast, my family frequently visited the beach town of Seaside, where my maternal grandparents and one aunt lived. My paternal grandparents had a cabin there also, to use when we wished. I loved the coast, though not so much the...

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