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September 23th: Monastery With a View

The grandeur of God's creation that surrounds us never ceases to amaze. From the rising of the sun to its setting, God's pallet of varying hues on the many shapes in the Chama Canyon are a delight to the eyes. Do we ever get tired of looking at it? Hopefully not. Rain...

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture readings: Book of the Prophet Amos 6:1, 4-7; First Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 6:11-16; Gospel According to Saint Luke 16:19-31 “A wise man is known by the fewness of his words,” as the saying goes. Saint Benedict cites it in his Holy Rule in the chapter...

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September 21st: Our Lady of Solitude

The month of September holds three feasts associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary. The first, on September 6th, is the Feast of Our Lady of Solitude (La Soledad in Spanish). Our monks at La Soledad Monastery in the State of Guanajuato, Mexico, keep September 6th as...

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Amos 8:4-7; First Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 2:1-8; Gospel According to Saint Luke 16:1-13 Can bad example be a good lesson? Can we benefit from the misdeeds of others? What about people who expend so much energy and money...

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September 12th: Bags of Gold

Well, actually, of Navajo-Churro wool, which fiber artists consider precious as gold. The burlap bags in today's photo are stuffed with our sheeps' wool, as well as wool offered to us by friends processing their Navajo-Churro sheep for the sale of meat. The wool...

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14; First Letter to Timothy 1:12-17 Gospel According to Luke 15:1-32 The story is told of a catechism class studying the Parable the Prodigal Son. After emphasizing the wrong attitude of the older son in the parable, the...

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September 9th: Fields of Flowers

If you get a chance these days, drive to the Monastery! Abundant summer rains have provided a stunning sight of fields of yellow sunflowers all along Forest Service Road 151, leading to the Monastery. Meteorologists are telling us that the drought in the great...

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September 6th: Our Lady of Solitude 

The traditional date of the feast of "Nuestra Senora de la Soledad" (Our Lady of Solitude) is September 6th, just two days before the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady. Our brothers at La Soledad monastery, near San Miguel de Allende, in the State of Guanajuato,...

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September 4th: Ordination Day!

On Saturday morning, September 3rd, 2022, our Brother Gregorio Carrizal Dolores, OSB, was ordained a priest by Archbishop Jorge Carlos Patron Wong, of the Archdiocese of Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Our monastery of Santa Maria y Todos Los Santos, to which Father...

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September 2nd: Sister Josephine Markiewicz, OSB

A dear friend of ours died last week at her monastery in Mexico. Benedictine Sister Josephine was the Prioress for many years, until her death, at "Monasterio San Benito," Rio Bamba, Mexico City, near the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Over the past many decades,...

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September 1st: Mexico Pilgrimage 

This week Abbot Christian and Brother Leander are in Mexico, attending the ordination to the priesthood of our Brother Gregorio of the  Monastery of Santa Maria y Todos Los Santos near Jalapa, Verzcruz, Mexico.. The Monastery of Santa Maria y Todos Los Santos (Saint...

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Wisdom 9:13-18; Letter of Saint Paul to Philemon 9-17;                                    Gospel According to Saint Luke 14:25-33 The first words we hear from Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel passage might almost startle us. They were spoken...

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Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Sirach 3:17-18,20,28-29; Letter to the Hebrews 12:18-19,22-24; Gospel According to Saint Luke 14:1,7-14 “The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself.” It’s a very wise saying from the Book of Sirach, the first reading for this...

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August 24th: New Guest

For some weeks now, we have had a fledgling robin residing in our cloister garden. While that is not particularly unusual in itself, what is unusual in this case is that the bird can't fly! It simply hops along the lawn of our garden or hides amid the flowers. No...

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Twenty-first Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 66:18-21; Letter to the Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; Gospel According to Saint Luke 13:22-30 This Sunday in Ordinary Time directs our attention to God’s intention for the salvation of the human race in Jesus Christ. Expressed...

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August 20th: Silent Tranquility

Our monastic community recently watched an excellent two hour documentary on the life and work of the late George Nakashima, architect and furniture maker. He was the architect of our monastery church and Guesthouse, as well as designer of our refectory tables. The...

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August 16th: Roses

For the moment, afternoon rains have ceased, but they have caused the several rose bushes in our cloister garden to blossom nicely. Today's photo attests to that. The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, remains dry, so our guests and visitors are...

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August 14th: The Oratory

What most often is called the "the church" or "the choir," Saint Benedict simply calls "the Oratory," that is, the place where his monks are to gather throughout the day, every day, to worship God and sing the praises of God in the Divine Office, the "Opus Dei" or the...

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August 12th: The Less Traveled Road

Christian monasticism has been around for centuries, over one thousand five hundred years, in fact. It has waxed and waned with the passing of time, with high points and low, good times and bad. Fewer today are choosing the monastic path than fifty, seventy or eighty...

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August 10th: Roll Call

Well, not exactly, but the chickens do come running whenever the Abbot opens his door to Abbotsfield, where the chickens roam all day. The feathered friends are always eager for a handout. As one of our guests recently quipped: chickens are always hungry! Our flock of...

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