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September 23rd: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"Let Christ the power of God be your strength. Let charity influence your zeal, let knowledge give it direction, and constancy be its strength. Let your zeal be fervent and careful and unconquered. Let it not be lukewarm or lacking in discernment or fearful." French...

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September 18th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

"If the personal gift which some have received from God is turned to the common good, it is then that this gift is changed into the glory of God, and when the gift given to each one individually is possessed in common through the sharing of love, then the fellowship...

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Scripture readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 55:6-9; Letter to the Philippians 1:20-24, 27; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 20:1-16 This Sunday’s Gospel passage is taken from a section in the Gospel according to Saint Matthew where Jesus spells out some of the...

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September 13th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"The monk does not come to the monastery to 'get' something which the ordinary Christian does not have. On the contrary, he comes there in order to realize and to appreciate all that any good Christian already has." Trappist monk Thomas Merton, +1968

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September 12th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

"My life is not just about myself, trying to achieve salvation, trying to upgrade my living so as to serve others better. My life is mystical participation in the life of Christ, a reality that is not mine alone, but is shared with all who are 'in Christ.' "...

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September 8th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen." SUB TUUM PRAESIDIUM prayer, 3rd century Egyptian papyrus. Oldest known prayer to the...

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— The Rule of St. Benedict

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