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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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May 26th: Peaceable Kingdom

Currently our "guard-donkey," Matty, has thirteen Navajo-Churro sheep to watch over and protect. Natural predators exist in our canyon, and traditionally ranchers have used dogs, llamas and donkeys to guard their sheep. Human shepherds still exist, of course, but they...

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year B, May 26th, 2024

Scripture Readings: Book of Deuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40; Romans 8:22-31; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 28:16-20 Each year on the Sunday following Pentecost, the Church celebrates the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, our belief that God is One and yet Three Persons:...

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May 19th: End of Easter Season

With the celebration of Pentecost Sunday, observed this year on May 19th, the Easter Season draws to a close and the liturgical season called "Ordinary Time" begins anew on Monday, May 20th. Ordinary Time, which extends until the beginning Advent, when we prepare for...

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Pentecost Sunday

Readings: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11; First Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; Gospel According to Saint John 20:19-23 The Solemnity of Pentecost is a celebration of the universality of the love God has for us. At Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, the Church commemorates...

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May 7th: Ladybug

Ladybugs in a garden are always a good sign. Why? Because they are natural predators of aphids, tiny insects that feed on plant sap, which ultimately does harm to plants. The ladybug has been called a "natural insecticide." Today's photo is of a ladybug among the...

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Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1:17-23; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 28:16-20 As we celebrate our Lord’s Ascension, which took place forty days after his Resurrection, we recount with joy the day when Christ...

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May 3rd: Italian Iris

Nearly four decades ago a friend of ours brought us a bunch of blue iris bulbs from a monastery in northern Italy. The bulbs were planted here and around 1996 were transferred to our new cloister garden in the middle of our living quarters. 1996 was the year the...

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April 30th: Greenhouse Growing

Our new greenhouse is fully operable, under the watchful care of Father Zachary, assisted by others as time permits. We are growing vegetables and flowers there, which will be harvested throughout the Summer and Autumn months. Even in the winter we should be able to...

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; First Letter of John 4:7-10; Gospel of John 15:9-17 In our popular language, the word “love” is so often used and misused, that it has almost become devoid of meaning. Love is a word so frequently...

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April 28th: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Currently we are getting some gentle rain, which of course is always welcome, as it reduces the risk of forest fires and nourishes the earth. In addition, the perennial Spring flowers, such as daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, benefit from the rain and are blooming...

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April 24th: Spring Sustained

We are enjoying an abundance of new life in the Chama Canyon wilderness. Today's photo shows one of the signs of this, three flowering trees and one "still on the way" in our cloister garden. The warm daytime temperatures indicate that there is unlikely to be any more...

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 9:26-31; First Letter of Saint John 18-24; Gospel of Saint John 15:1-8 Maybe few or none who read this have grown grapes, though perhaps some have. Even if we have not grown grapes, we are familiar with the notion of a tree...

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April 15th: Spring’s Arrival

We are always delighted with the arrival of Spring. The fact that it coincides with the liturgical season of Easter is an added plus. Today's photo is from our cloister garden, the area where we monks have our rooms, technically called "cells". The fountain in the...

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Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12; First Letter of Saint John 3:1-2; Gospel of Saint John 10:11-18 Our Lord Jesus Christ, during his earthly ministry, knew very well how to speak to the people about his person and his mission, using simple and direct...

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April 9: Easter Continues

We are still basking in the light of the mystery of the Lord's Resurrection. Flowers are blooming in the cloister garden, trees are beginning to bud, the grass is turning green again and the weather is decidedly Spring-like. The monks are staying well, thanks be to...

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Third Sunday of Easter, Year B

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 3:13-19; First Letter of St John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48 Today’s first reading, from an address of Saint Peter to the Jewish people after he had cured a man in the Temple, refers to the showing forth of God’s saving power in Jesus...

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Second Sunday of Easter, Year B (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 4:32-25; First Letter of John 5:1-6; Gospel of John 20:19-31 We continue our yearly celebration of the Passover of Christ, whose triumphant resurrection from the dead is our hope and joy. Today the Gospel account describes...

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Blessed Paschaltide!

We continue our celebration of Paschaltide (Easter!), coinciding with the arrival of Spring in the Chama Canyon wilderness. The triumphant Alleluia is chanted throughout the day, both at Mass and at the Divine Office (Opus Dei). Today's photo is from our cloister...

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Easter Octave 2024

Easter Day was on Sunday, March 31st, but the Church continues to celebrate this Great Day with an Octave, that is, eight days of rejoicing to prolong the joy of the Lord's Resurrection. And after that, we still hold on to the Easter festivities right up to Pentecost...

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