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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

NOTE:  I will retire as abbot on December 12, 2018.  I have been writing these homilies since the First Sunday of Advent in 1997.  I will no longer write these homilies.  My last homily will be published for the Solemnity of Christ in the King, November 25, 2018. ...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for August 15, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for August 15, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  I am home in the Monastery but I spent three days away in a crazy trip to Mexico to be present for the priestly ordination of Brother Antonio Abad and the diaconal...

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Impressions of Italy: Santa Rita

It almost goes without saying that there are many popular saints in Italy. Not all the saints near and dear to Italians were born in Italy, but lived here at some point in time and eventually won the hearts of Italians and remain very popular to this day. To name a...

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

NOTE:  I will retire as abbot on December 12, 2018.  I have been writing these homilies since the First Sunday of Advent in 1997.  I will no longer write these homilies.  My last homily will be published for the Solemnity of Christ in the King, November 25, 2018. ...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for August 8, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for August 8, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  There are times when things hit me so strongly and I know that I should not write about them until I calm down.  There is such a situation in my heart right now.  So please...

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Impressions of Rome: Salve

Since coming to Rome to work in January of 2017, I have been struck by a word that is regularly used here. I don’t recall that it was so much in use thirty years ago when I was living here as a student, but most likely it was. The word is simply, “salve.” My...

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

NOTE:  I will retire as abbot on December 12, 2018.  I have been writing these homilies since the First Sunday of Advent in 1997.  I will no longer write these homilies.  My last homily will be published for the Solemnity of Christ in the King, November 25, 2018. ...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for August 1, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for August 1, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  This was not a quiet a week as the last!  But always life is changing and we are always challenged to seek God in the midst of that.  Last Sunday, July 29th, our Archbishop...

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Impressions of Italy: Norcia

The birthplace of Saint Benedict and his twin sister Saint Scholastica is very sacred to Benedictine monks, nuns and oblates. The city is now called Norcia, but in the time of Saints Benedict and Scholastica, born in 480, it was called Nursia. It is located in the...

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING                      2 Kings 4:42-44 A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God, twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits, and fresh grain in the ear.  Elisha said, "Give it to...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for July 25, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for July 25, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Another quiet week at home is always a gift for me.  Some monks have returned from their family visits and others have gone.  Another postulant has joined the community. ...

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Impressions of Rome: Grottaferrata Abbey

Rome’s longest continuously occupied monastery of monks, existing since the eleventh century, is the Byzantine Catholic Monastery of Saint Mary of Grottaferrata. Located on the outskirts of Rome, this monastery of the Byzantine-Greek Catholic Rite belongs to the Order...

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ABBOT PHILIP TO RETIRE

The Right Reverend Philip J. Lawrence, OSB, the Abbot of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, recently announced in the summer newsletter that given the required retirement of an abbot at age seventy-five coming in 2019, he has decided that he will retire on...

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING            Jeremiah 23:1-6 Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the Lord.  Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, against the shepherds who shepherd my...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for July 18, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for July 18, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Another week has gone by.  One of the decisions that I have been praying about is whether to continue to write or not once I am retired.  My resignation as abbot will take...

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING            Amos 7:12-15 Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos, "Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah!  There earn your bread by prophesying, but never again prophesy in Bethel; for it is the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for July 11, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for July 11, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  I got home just last night, July 10th, and today is the Solemnity of Saint Benedict, the author of the monastic rule that we follow and the Patriarch of Monasticism in the...

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