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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 24, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for May 24, 2017 Blessings to you!  Spring seems to come and go this year.  There are days which are almost hot and yet not quite.  Other days, it seems like it might snow again.  We have had snow this late in May before so it is possible that it...

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7th Sunday of Easter-Cycle A-2017

7th Sunday of Easter-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING              Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14 After Jesus had been taken up to heaven the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away.  When they entered...

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Ascension – Cycle A-2017

Ascension - Cycle A - 2017 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had...

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6th Sunday of Easter-Cycle A-2017

6th Sunday of Easter-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING              Acts of the Apostles 8:5-8, 14-17 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ to them.  With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip when they heard it and saw...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 17, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for May 17, 2017 Blessings to you!  Blessings to you!  Although I am still in my own rooms, it is a very different experience not to be the superior of the house.  I was first appointed superior of our community in October of 1976, over forty...

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Impressions of Italy: Holy Week and Easter

I imagine that after the Holy Land, Rome is likely the next biggest Holy Week destination place on planet earth. With spring’s arrival, that means longer daylight, warmer weather, trees in leaf and flowers blooming. At the same time, the influx of pilgrims and...

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5th Sunday of Easter-Cycle A-2017

5th Sunday of Easter-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7 As the number of disciples continued to grow, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.  So the Twelve called...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 10, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for May 10, 2017 Blessings to you!  Easter Season continues and is fill with Alleluia.  Here in the community it is a time of joy and peace.  Father Benedict has been named Prior and now functions as the superior of the community so that I can...

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Impressions of Italy: Monastic Roots

“Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”—attributed to American author Mark Twain. Is monasticism dying or even dead? I occasionally have heard variations of that question since arriving in Rome four months ago. If you visit certain monasteries or read reports or...

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4th Sunday of Easter-Cycle A-2017

4th Sunday of Easter-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 2:14a, 36-41 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed:  “Let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 3, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for May 3, 2017 Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Well, it turns out that I do have cancer but it is not as bad as it sounds.  I have a tumor with the name “thymoma” and the cancer is, apparently, still totally contained in the tumor...

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GUESTHOUSE NEWLY REFURBISHED

The Monastery of Christ in the Desert is pleased to announce a major refurbishing of the guest quarters at the Monastery’s Guesthouse and Ranch House.  Prior Benedict MacCaffree, OSB, said that “We try to take quite seriously the Rule of St. Benedict which commits us...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 26, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for April 26, 2017 Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Still we celebrate Holy Easter and rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus our Lord!  What a wonderful celebration of life and of joy!  And I am still here at my own desk in my office...

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3rd Sunday of Easter-Cycle A-2017

3rd Sunday of Easter-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-33 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed:  “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.  Let this be known to you, and listen to my...

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Christ is risen!

The Abbot and monks of Christ in the Desert wish you a blessed continuation of Paschaltide. Christ is risen!...

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Impressions of Italy: A Visit to Umbria

Until now my online reflections have been focused on the city of Rome. That makes sense since I hadn’t ventured beyond Rome since my arrival in Italy on January 13th this year. An outing to Umbria, land of Saint Francis, took place on the weekend of March 24th, which...

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