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May 21th: Meet Us In Chama!

This Friday afternoon, May 21st, a variety of our handmade products will be for sale at the Chama Valley Farmers Market, near the village of Chama, New Mexico. Our Brothers Andre and Isidore will be at the Market from 3:00 to 5:00 pm this Friday, with our soaps,...

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April 20th: From Our Weaving Workshop

We still have 2 rugs left to present for purchase from the Monastery Workshop. Each rug is made with prayer and care by one of our monks. The wool, both warp and weft, is 100% Navajo-Churro and hand-dyed. The rugs for sale are one-of-a-kind and nearly identical in...

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December 6th: Reroofing

After more than twenty years of "wear and tear", a number of our roofs are being replaced at this time. The extremes of cold and heat add to the stress on New Mexico roofs, and it's a miracle the roofs have lasted this long In any case, because of the roof work...

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Third Sunday of Advent, Year A

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6, 10; Letter of James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11 We are now very close to celebrating the Solemnity of the Lord’s Nativity, Christmas Day, on December 25th. The Lord is very near and is coming quickly, as the Liturgy of the Church keeps...

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Second Sunday of Advent, Year A

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12 A fundamental emphasis of the Season of Advent each year is to welcome Jesus, who came in time, who will come at the end of time, and who comes to us every day: in Sacred Scripture, in the Sacraments of...

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Advent and Christmas Newsletter

Community While “community” may be a well-worn word in this day and age, that is no reason to stop using it or to cease pondering on its meaning. At the core of the word “community” is the idea of “communion,” a state of being that we hopefully all want to possess and...

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November 21st: Thanksgiving Cactus

Of course the plant and flowers in today's photo have another name than "Thanksgiving Cactus" (do you know the correct name?), but their blooming at this time of the year causes us to call them "Thanksgiving Cactus." These cacti (or cactuses) are growing in large pots...

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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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November 17th: Giftshop Revival 

Over the past many weeks we have been making an extra effort to increase the variety and enhance the quality of books for sale in our Giftshop. Guests and visitors to the Monastery Giftshop will find a wide selection of books on prayer, Benedictine spirituality, lives...

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November 16th: Autumn Light

While Autumn is still going on, before we know it, Winter will arrive. For us in the Chama Canyon wilderness, these days mean chilly mornings, often below freezing, but very pleasant temperatures by midday and throughout the afternoon. Sunset for us at this time of...

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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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October 28th: Retreat Conclusion 

Our annual monastic community retreat is now drawing to a close. As mentioned in the last News Page, the retreat has been conducted by Sister Margaret Michael Gillis, FSP, a member of the Daughters of Saint Paul, who currently resides in their convent in Saint Louis,...

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Wisdom 11:23-12:2; Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians 1:11-2:2; Gospel According to Saint Luke 19:1-10 The Liturgical Year 2021-22 is drawing to a close. In less than a month we will begin a new Liturgical Year with the First...

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October 27th: God’s Canvas

As Autumn progresses, with leaves having changed and now fallen, we carry on toward an eventual Winter and whatever it may bring this year. We had good rainfall in August and September, and are praying more moisture will come this Winter, either as rain or snow....

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October 25th: Not Yet Easter!

On the other hand, it is always Easter for Christians, since we believe that Christ is truly Risen, and we strive to live in that truth. Today's photo is a splendid expression of our joy at Easter, celebrated in a particular way in our abbey church each year. Prior...

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Book of Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18; Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 4:6-8; 16-18;  Gospel According to Saint Luke 18:9-14 Jesus’ famous parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector praying in the temple might seem like an exaggeration or a parody, even something...

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October 16th:Exceeding Expectations 

With the amount of rainfall in September, welcome as it was, we wondered if the cottonwood trees along the Chama River would change color in their usual Autumn fashion. True to form, they did, and have not disappointed. We've still not had a morning frost, so the...

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October 12th: October Light

Our beautiful landscape never disappoints, and for the attentive eye, there is always something worth seeing, day and night, on the land and in the sky. Today's twilight photo captures the essence of a "fading day," and the promise of a star-studded sky in a matter of...

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Readings: Book of Exodus 17:8-13; Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 3:14-4:2; Gospel According to Saint Luke 18:1-8 Our ancestors in the faith, the children of Israel, went forth from slavery in Egypt accompanied by the Patriarch Moses. Their destination was the...

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