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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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January 10th: Taxi Time

Some of our hens can't resist a free ride, especially when snow has fallen. Once again, Matty the guard-donkey obliges when Diane or Connie, Clare or Lucy hop on board for a spin around the pasture. No sweat, no cost, so who can ask for anything more? Recently fallen...

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January 9th: Morning’s Silent Light

Of late we have been treated to majestic sunrises as well as sunsets. Dramatic views, such as in today's photo of Januray 8th sunrise, only last a few minutes, so one has to be quick to capture the moment. Days are already getting longer, which is welcome in the midst...

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 The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Scripture Readings: Prophet Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7; Acts of the Apostles 10:34-38;            Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 The Christmas season comes to an end with the Sunday of the Baptism of the Lord. We still have a glimpse of the season when we celebrate the Presentation of...

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January 8th: La Soledad, Mexico

This past December, two of our monks, Brother Savio and Brother Chrysostom, visited the Monastery of Our Lady of Solitude (La Soledad), in central Mexico, near the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. La Soledad is the place where the founder and first superior of...

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January 6th: God’s Grandeur

Today's photo was taken at sunset on January 4th, offering another glimpse of the "grandeur of God," as British Jesuit poet Father Gerard Manley Hopkins, who died in 1889, referred to the wonders of creation. Because we live in a canyon, in a valley between high...

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January 5th: Fire Or Ice?

A hundred years ago the American poet Robert Frost speculated on the form of the end of time, in a poem called "Fire and Ice." He concludes that both are possibilities and equally devastating when the world ends. In fact we do not really know, do we, nor does it...

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January 4th: God Is Nigh

How can a sunset such as pictured below fail to call to mind the majesty of God? At this Monastery we are blessed with such reminders throughout the year, and how easy to take them for granted. Perhaps the same occurs in regard to those who comprise our families or...

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January 3rd: Christmastide

How does an abbot decorate for Christmas? The photo below gives a glimpse. A small flowering plant in the abbot's office became a Christmas tree, adorned with handmade angels and saints sent to him from various places throughout December. Nativity cards and "halo"...

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December 31st: Winter Wandering

Our sheep and donkey don't wander as much in the winter months, generally staying close to their "Good Shepherd Inn," where they receive daily feedings of hay, as well as water. Our flock of chickens also keeps "closer to home" and to their "Saint Brigid Coop" during...

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December 30th: Let It Snow!

In the midst of desert beauty, we are currently being treated to snow. Prayers and patience have paid off as powdery moisture proves to be "just what the doctor ordered" for this part of the great Southwest. We have gotten a good few inches of snow so far, as we round...

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December 29th: Christmas Sky

This year on Christmas Eve and Day, an abundance of rain fell in our environs. We are most grateful for the gift of rain from God, and are praying that more might fall. Thus far we have seen very little snow fall, but that we await for as well. The great silence of...

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Solemnity of the Epiphany

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 60:1-6; Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 2:1-12 The Solemnity of the Epiphany, literally the “manifestation” or “showing” of the Lord Jesus Christ to the nations, is...

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Christmas Mass Schedule

Friday, December 24th, Mass at Midnight Saturday, December 25th, Mass at 11:00 am Sunday, December 26th, Mass at 9:15 am Tidings of comfort and joy. Merry Christmas to all. Abbot Christian and the monks

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Christmas Day Mass

Readings: Isaiah 52:7-10; Letter to the Hebrews 1:1-6; Gospel of Saint John 1:1-18 The scripture readings assigned for the Mass of Christmas day emphasize an attitude of child-like wonder at all that is taking place. In the text from the prophet Isaiah, the city of...

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December 22nd: Winter Sky

Winter has begun, with some dramatic "skyscapes" to accompany it. "Look up and see, your salvation is near at hand," we are chanting these days at the Liturgy in church. We are all well, thanks be to God, staying cozy in our heated buildings and grateful beyond words...

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December 20th: Preparing for Christmas

Like our families and friends, monks also prepare for Christmas. More than shopping and travelling, though, our preparations are focused more on cleaning, getting decorations ready, cooking and baking, during these final days leading up to Christmas. While working...

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December 19th: Winter’s Arrival

In three more days winter officially begins and daylight will start to increase once again. We are always grateful for that, even if summer's heat is some months away. In the Chama Canyon where we live the nights are cold now, often down to freezing or below by dawn,...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture Readings: Prophet Micah 5:1-4; Letter to the Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 Christmas Day draws near, less than a week from now. People are shopping, cooking, cleaning, sending cards and gifts, and trying to breath a sigh of relief that maybe, just maybe, the...

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December 16th: Snowy and Sunny

We received some snow at dawn on Wednesday morning, December 15th. It all happened very quickly during Lauds and Mass and ceased as abruptly as it started. In these times we are grateful for moisture in any form, and even a couple of inches of snow is worth its weight...

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December 14th: The Power of Flowers

Nothing quite lifts the spirits of the attentive as blooming flowers. While winters can be cold here, mostly in the early morning, sunshine usually abounds throughout the day. That gives a real boost for house plants, providing us with many hours and days of viewing...

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