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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 29, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for March 29, 2017 Blessings to you! As you can guess, I am still home, in my own room and working in my own office. I don’t have any trips planned for a while! The challenge is simply to recover from the surgery on the appendix, from the blood...

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5th Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017

5th Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING Ezekiel 37:12-14 Thus says the Lord GOD: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have...

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Impressions of Rome: Speaking Italian

In the summer of 1985 I enrolled in a language school in Florence, Italy, for two months of intensive Italian study, five days a week, four hours each day. The Tuscan city of Florence (“Firenze” in Italian), I had been told, was the place to go to learn Italian. I...

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4th Sunday of Lent-Cycle A–2017

4th Sunday of Lent-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING            Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a The LORD said to Samuel:  “Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.  I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen my king from among his sons.”  As Jesse and his sons...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 22, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for March 22, 2017 Blessings to you!  Here I am again in my own office, writing to you from my normal computer.  The past couple of weeks have been a challenge but so often life is a challenge and always we must learn to see the challenge and...

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3rd Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017

3rd Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Exodus 17:3-7 In those days, in their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “Why did you ever make us leave Egypt?  Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 15, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for March 15, 2017 Blessings to you!  Well, by the time you get this, I might be home once again.  It all depends on further developments in my health.  I have been so healthy all my life that I have never had to pay much attention to my health. ...

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Impressions of Rome: Life in Our Curia

On February 10th, 2017, Feast of Saint Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, our Congregation’s Curia at Saint’Ambrogio, where I live, introduced the Office of Vigils into the daily horarium (schedule). Our Abbot President Guillermo is clear that while the curia...

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First Daffodil in the Saint John the Baptist Cloister 2017

“Daffy-down-dilly has come to our town In her yellow petticoat and her green gown.” Harbinger of spring, the first daffodil blossom opened in the Saint John the Baptist cloister of our monastery on the afternoon of March 8th. This was not a notably rigorous winter...

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2nd Sunday of Lent-Cycle A–2017

2nd Sunday of Lent-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING            Genesis 12:1-4a The LORD said to Abram:  “Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.  “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 8, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for March 8, 2017 Blessings to you!  This last week after I returned from South Africa, I began to feel some kind of illness and no matter what I did, it did not get better.  I was supposed to fly to Dallas on Sunday, March 5th, and then...

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Impressions of Rome: City of Contrasts

Like every large city, Rome has its share of homeless, mentally unwell and beggars among its inhabitants. In the case of Rome this reality is especially evident in the historic center (“Centro Storico,” as they call it here) and at the Vatican. The Centro Storico and...

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1st Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017

1st Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.  Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the...

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