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Impressions of Italy: Two Tuscan Hermitages

An important summer break for Italians happens in the middle of August, at the time of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15th each year. A few days before and some days after August 15th, things tend to come to a standstill in Italy....

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24th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Sirach 27:30--28:9 Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight.  The vengeful will suffer the Lord's vengeance, for he remembers their sins in detail.  Forgive your neighbor's injustice;...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for September 13, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for September 13, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Here I am back at Christ in the Desert, thanks be to God.  This trip to Texas was important for the community at the Monastery of Thien Tam and for me.  In Thien Tam, the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for September 6, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for September 6, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  I have ventured forth on a small trip away from the monastery, with my doctor’s permission.  Today I am at the Monastery of Thien Tam, south of Dallas.  This community was...

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Impressions of Rome: Parrots

Impressions of Rome: Parrots I have never been much of a bird watcher, though I did appreciate the chanting of mourning doves in the great Pacific Northwest when was I growing up, and now in Rome these many years later. For years I thought their name was “morning,”...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for August 30, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for August 30, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  We have had some rain—but when I think of those who live in the southern parts of Texas, it seems like we have perfect weather here.  When I moved to this monastery some 43...

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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Isaiah 22:19-23 Thus says the Lord to Shebna, master of the palace:  "I will thrust you from your office and pull you down from your station.  On that day I will summon my servant Eliakim, son of...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for August 23, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for August 23, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  As I begin to write this Notebook, there is thunder, lightning and a bit of rain in the air.  Always in the desert we hope for rain.  We never have enough, even when a...

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Impressions of Rome: Dogs

Fair warning: dog lovers may not wish to read this essay. It is not all complimentary of “canis in speciebus,” the proper Latin name for “man’s best friend.” Some of what follows may offend those who believe that a dog can do no wrong or harm. Maybe not all dog owners...

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING  Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Thus says the Lord:  Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed.  The foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, ministering to...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for August 16, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for August 16, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  It continues to be fairly warm here at Christ in the Desert.  August is always the month in which we have a lot of flies.  Sometime we purchase fly paper to put in the...

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Impressions of Italy: Soggiorno

I have refrained from writing about this until I had my very own. And what could the mystery item be? A car? A motorcycle? A new phone? No, nothing like that. It is in fact the title of this essay, a “Soggiorno.” And what on earth is that? I can explain. The Italian...

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19th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING  1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.  Then the Lord said to him, "Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will be passing by." ...

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