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Impressions of Rome: All Souls Day

All Souls Day is on November 2nd, a day when Catholics and many other Christians traditionally commemorate the Faithful Departed, remembering in prayer all those who have died. This year on All Souls Day I visited the monumental Roman cemetery of Verano, next to the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 15, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for November 15, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Will the weather change?  Sometimes that is a preoccupation here because the weather affects us a lot.  As it gets colder, those who are used to warmer climates feel the...

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33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls.  Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize.  She brings him good, and not evil, all the days...

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Impressions of Rome: Pines of Rome

I recently sent a friend in Michigan a short video clip of Piazza Venezia here in Rome, one of the city’s busiest places most of the day. In the early morning, though, before 8:30 am, it is a fairly tranquil thoroughfare and almost exudes an air of peace at an...

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Monte Cassino and Subiaco, November 10 – 12.

Fr Christian and Br Philip at Monte Cassino, Italy, with oblates of Christ in Desert who attended the World Congress of Benedictine Oblates, November 4 - 10, outside of Rome. Our monks assisted with the pilgrimage for oblates to sites in Rome, Monte Cassino and...

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32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A–2017

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING  Wisdom 6:12-16 Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her.  She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire;...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 8, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for November 8, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you! The weather here continues to be wonderful with clear and cold mornings and warm afternoons. It is perfect weather for me to talk the walks that the doctor has encouraged....

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31st Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10 A great King am I, says the Lord of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.  And now, O priests, this commandment is for you:  If you do not listen, if you do not lay it to...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 1, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for November 1, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  This week the community and I had two very special guests—one more for the community (but also for me) and the other especially for me.  The first was Father James Conner,...

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Writing From Rome

In case anyone is wondering, this is my forty-second entry for the “Our Monk in Rome” project. Each week, for the past forty-two weeks, I have submitted an essay to my computer savvy brothers in New Mexico to post on our website. That kind of technicality is far...

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30th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING Exodus 22:20-26 Thus says the Lord: "You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 25, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for October 25, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you! This has been a truly beautiful week at Christ in the Desert. Of course I admit that I love this time of year when the mornings are really cold and the afternoons so...

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Impressions of Italy: Assisi in Umbria

Over the weekend of September 29 – 30 this year I attended, along with two other members of our Sant’Ambrogio curia, the Fourth International Congress on Christian Mysticism. This event is one of bringing together scholars, and those less than scholars, like myself,...

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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A–2017

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING  Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Thus says the Lord to his anointed, Cyrus, whose right hand I grasp, subduing nations before him, and making kings run in his service, opening doors before him and leaving the gates unbarred: ...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 18, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for October 18, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  There are days when, even if I am home, I find it difficult to write anything.  This happened before my present health challenges, although these present challenges have...

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Impressions of Italy and Life: Friends

Impressions of Italy and Life: Friends Living “far from home,” I sometimes ponder the place and importance of friendship in my life. Keeping contact, at least on occasion, with those I hold near and dear is part of the adventure of working in a place that is not...

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28th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Isaiah 25:6-10a On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.  On this mountain he will destroy the veil that...

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