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An Advent Reflection

We began the holy season of Advent this past Sunday and a new Liturgical Year has begun. The message we will be hearing throughout Advent is this: prepare your hearts, for our God is sending a Savior, Emmanuel, a name which means, God-with-us. The firm conviction that...

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Our Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Heavenly Father, we give thanks to you for the many blessings we have received, both spiritual and material. We pray for those who are in any need. We give thanks for our community of Christ in the Desert, for our families, friends, neighbors, benefactors and oblates....

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Navajo-Churro Sheep

Why Navajo-Churro sheep? Let me begin by saying we consciously chose to have this breed of sheep on our property, to raise and care for, to shear for wool to spin for us to use in weaving, as well as to sell. Our founding monks had the same breed for some years in the...

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Readings: Book of the Prophet Malachi 3:19-20; Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians 3:7-12; Gospel According to Saint Luke 21:5-19 No doubt to the consternation of his hearers, Jesus predicted the destruction of the great Temple in Jerusalem. The people...

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Mount Athos Pilgrimage: Part VII

This pilgrimage report needs to end! The Athos sojourn itself was completed right around this time of year, forty years ago, so it is high time to complete my recounting of the adventure. Thank you for your patience for the final installment of the pilgrimage. A very...

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Thirty-second Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Second Book of Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14; Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians 2:16-3:5; Gospel According to Saint Luke 20:27-38 November is traditionally the month in the Catholic Church to recount and pray for the Faithful Departed, those...

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— The Rule of St. Benedict

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