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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 56:1,6-7; Romans 11:13-15,29-32; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 15:21-28 It should be safe to say and not incorrect to conclude that Jesus was at least mildly bothered by the persistent Canaanite woman in the Gospel passage this Sunday,...

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Dom Gabriel Mkhabela, O.S.B., Called to Eternal Life

On August 8th, 2020, our Brother Gabriel Mkhabela died unexpectedly in South Africa. He was born on June 12th, 1967, and professed vows at Saint Benedict's Abbey, Polokwane, South Africa, on February 21st, 1995. Later he transferred his stability to the Monastery of...

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August 9th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"If you want God, if you want to begin the ascent of the mountain, then you have to make a decision against self-importance. You have to remove yourself from the center-stage, see yourself as a member of a family, a community which you must serve." British Carmelite...

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Mass Readings: First Book of Kings 19:9,11-13; Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 9:1-5; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 14:22-33 Growing up in western Oregon, where it rains more than it shines, we often had sporting events, family picnics, Shakespeare In the Park...

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August 7th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

"Prayer is a dialogue of faith with God, an availability before God, openness to the human family and those who suffer for whatever reason. Prayer is praise and blessing of God, One and Three, and is also the plea of one who recognizes unworthiness before the Lord,...

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August 5th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"Lord our God, make us worthy to be in Your presence with the confidence You have mercifully bestowed on us. Enable us to stand in Your presence with cheerful face and pure hearts." Prayer from the Catholic Syro-Malabar Holy Qurbana (Mass)

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August 4th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"I can never live in reality if I do not learn to tame my memory. The memory tends to be overactive. It presents images to me in season and out of season. If I do not wish to be caught off guard by all of this material, I must learn to sort it all out. Some of it is...

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August 3rd: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"Ponder over and over again the reality of God's freely given love, as Jesus shows it to us, try to base our lives on this love, hold firmly to the truth that we are in the Father's house, already loved with no need to prove ourselves." British Carmelite author Ruth...

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August 2nd, 2020: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"Persons pray in one manner when they are cheerful and in another when they are weighed down by sadness or a sense of hopelessness. When they are flourishing spiritually their prayer is different from when they are oppressed by the extent of their struggles." Desert...

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Mass Readings: Isaiah 55:1-3; Romans 8:35,37-39; Matthew 14:13-21 The three readings for Mass this Sunday contain some of the most consoling words in all of the Bible. The first reading for the Prophet Isaiah, who was active about 550 years before the birth of Christ,...

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August 1st: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"Lord Jesus Christ, You taught us to desire an undivided heart. Help us to recognize our ambiguities and compromises And to leave aside whatever in our life is an obstacle to love So that love may be our guide in all we say and do. For you are our Lord, for ever and...

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July 30th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"Animals are God's creatures. God surrounds them with providential care. By there mere existence they bless God and give glory to God. Thus we owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like Francis of Assisi or Philip Neri treated animals."...

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July 29th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

"I have begun to realize that life is not made up of a few big and dramatic sacrifices, but of an innumerable multitude of small, unheralded sacrifices, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Most of the time we either fail to give of ourselves in these little...

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