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4th Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018

4th Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018 FIRST READING                    Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12 Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:  “Leaders of the people and elders:  If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 18, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for April 18, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  One of the challenges of serving a community is to know that when I am about to leave for a trip, there will be no time for myself because so...

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Impressions of Rome: Confraternities

An important dimension of Catholic Church life in Italy over the past several centuries has been the presence and work of Confraternities. A Confraternity is a group, usually composed of both men and women, though sometimes of only men or only women, who in cities,...

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3rd Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018

3rd Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15, 17-19 Peter said to the people:  “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 11, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for April 11, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Already the Easter Season moves on and it will go by quickly.  All the dogs are home and none are in the hospital.  All the brothers are home and...

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Impressions of Rome: Holy Week 2018

I wrote about Holy Week and Easter in Rome a year ago and here I am doing so again. Tempus fugit, as the ancient Romans said, and the point is still valid: time flies, like it or not. In English we sometimes add to “time flies,” the little phrase, “when you’re having...

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New Novices!

Brother Boniface, Brother Ignatius, Abbot Philip, Brother Jerome, Brother Chrysostom and Prior Fr. Benedict...

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2nd Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018

2nd Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35 The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.  With great power the apostles...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 4, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for April 4, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Probably for me one of the greatest struggles in the spiritual life was to come to believe that Jesus Christ truly is man and truly is God.  Many...

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Impressions of Rome: Eastern Catholics

One of the beauties and glories of our Catholic Church is the diversity of other liturgical Rites that are in full communion with the Holy See. These Rites have existed for centuries and developed distinctive forms of celebrating Holy Mass and the other sacraments of...

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Easter Day Mass-Cycle B-2018

Easter Day Mass-Cycle B-2018 FIRST READING            Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Peter proceeded to speak and said:  “You know what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 28, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for March 28, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Thumper the Dog ended up in the hospital again and perhaps he has primary heart disease.  The other possibility is that he suffered some trauma when he was out and running....

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EASTER VIGIL MASS—CYCLE B—2018

EASTER VIGIL MASS—CYCLE B—2018 FIRST READING              Genesis 1:1—2:2 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.  Then God said, “Let...

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GOOD FRIDAY-2018

GOOD FRIDAY-2018 FIRST READING            Isaiah 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.  Even as many were amazed at him—so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man—so...

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Impressions of Rome: The Forum

Today looking rather like a “heap of ruins,” which in a sense is exactly what it is, the great Roman Forum was at one time the center of political, religious, commercial and judicial life of the ancient republic. The Forum’s central position in the city of Rome made...

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HOLY THURSDAY-2018

HOLY THURSDAY-2018 FIRST READING            Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year.  Tell the whole community of Israel:  On the...

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