Notes, Homilies, and News

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November 28th: Staying Well

Our monastery continues under lockdown and thankfully we monks remain covid-19 free. We leave our property only for necessary reasons, such as the weekly shopping trip for groceries and some medical appointments. The only outsiders who enter our property are those...

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November 27th: Weaving Away

Our Brothers Martin, Chrysosom and Seraphim have been busy this week weaving fine rugs. These will soon be for sale online. Because our Giftshop and Guesthouse are closed, we are seeking creative ways to...

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November 26th: The Wooden Egg

When word got out (via this News Page) that our fifty hens had all but ceased laying eggs, we received word that we should not despair. The kind person wrote this: "Several years ago, when I was living in my little hermitage in the Redwoods of Northern California, I...

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November 25th: News

A great Catholic tradition is church stained-glass windows. Some of the most beautiful are found in churches and cathedrals of Europe, but many fine examples also exist in various parts of the United States. In Northern New Mexico a village church, about forty miles...

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An Advent Reflection

This year on November 29th we begin the holy season of Advent and a new Liturgical Year begins. The message proclaimed 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 24th: News

Our newest lamb, named Wisdom, now just two weeks old, is hale and hearty and pictured below with two of her "aunts," Ginger and Gloria. Little Wisdom is completely accepted by the entire flock of our Navajo-Churro sheep, and even our guard-donkey Matty, now a year...

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November 23rd: News

Pictured below is part of the cloister of the Carthusian monastery of Serra San Bruno, in Calabria, Italy. A dozen or so monks occupy the Serra San Bruno site and carry out lives of solitude, prayer and manual labor. A monastery of the Carthusian Order is usually...

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November 22nd: News

The carved angel photographed below is mounted high on the peak of an abandoned garage in the Village of Chama, New Mexico. The garage with the angel and the abandoned house next it are on the main street (Highway 64) running through Chama, some fifty miles from our...

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November 21st: News

The Chama Canyon Wilderness where the Monastery is situated is a geological wonderland. Any direction you turn is a sight to behold and staggering in its beauty. This week we monks are on retreat. We have been blessed with fine half hour conferences twice a day, at...

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November 20th: News

Each day at our Conventual (or Community) Mass, the Holy Eucharist, the principal intention or fervent prayer to God, is for the well-being, needs and intentions of all of our families, friends, benefactors and associates who are alive, and for eternal happiness in...

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November 19th: News

Our own cloister at Christ in the Desert is not as ancient or as elegant as the cloister in the photo below, from the 13th century, located near the Umbrian town of Foligno, Italy. Monasteries traditionally, including Christ in the Desert, have an open but covered...

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November 18: Our Wool For Sale

We have a limited supply of wool from our flock of Navajo-Churro sheep. Each skein is approximately 4.5 oz. and beautufilly spun, double ply and perfect for knitting, crocheting and weaving. Cost is $20 per skein. Shipping included. We have black and off-white. For...

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November 17th: Religious Assistant Appointment

The Holy See has recently appointed a Benedictine monk of another monastery in the United States to act as Religious Assistant to the Monastery of Christ in the Desert. The monk has lived the monastic life for twenty-five years and has expertise in Church Law. He will...

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November 16th: News

While our outdoor vegetable garden this past summer was a huge success, the kindness of several benefactors, including the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, has made it possible for us to purchase a large greenhouse. That way we will be able to grow...

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November 15th: News

This summer our vegetable garden did very well. Lettuce, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, pumpkins and zucchini were enjoyed by the monks much of the summer. The cooks did a splendid job of preparing the produce. Our main cook at present is Brother...

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November 14th: News

Chickens can be characters. If you look closely at the accompanying photo, you will discover one of our hens on top of the roof of her coop within the larger night time cage. How exactly she and others of our flock bound to the higher realms remains a bit of a...

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