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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 24, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for May 24, 2017 Blessings to you!  Spring seems to come and go this year.  There are days which are almost hot and yet not quite.  Other days, it seems like it might snow again.  We have had snow this late in May before so it is possible that it...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 17, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for May 17, 2017 Blessings to you!  Blessings to you!  Although I am still in my own rooms, it is a very different experience not to be the superior of the house.  I was first appointed superior of our community in October of 1976, over forty...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 10, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for May 10, 2017 Blessings to you!  Easter Season continues and is fill with Alleluia.  Here in the community it is a time of joy and peace.  Father Benedict has been named Prior and now functions as the superior of the community so that I can...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 3, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for May 3, 2017 Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Well, it turns out that I do have cancer but it is not as bad as it sounds.  I have a tumor with the name “thymoma” and the cancer is, apparently, still totally contained in the tumor...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 26, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for April 26, 2017 Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Still we celebrate Holy Easter and rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus our Lord!  What a wonderful celebration of life and of joy!  And I am still here at my own desk in my office...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 19, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for April 19, 2017 Blessings to you! Christ is risen! He is truly risen! Alleluia! Sometimes for me, just to get through all of these celebrations is a challenge. This year, I did not preside at anything and so the challenge was less. I still...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 12, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for April 12, 2017 Blessings to you!  Most likely I will be writing to you from here in the Monastery for many, many months, since I won’t be doing any traveling away from the Monastery except for day visits to doctors!  God has His own ways of...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 5, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for April 5, 2017 Blessings to you!  I am writing to you still from my own office at the Monastery.  Most likely I will be here for many months now because of the health challenges.  It makes my life easier in lots of ways.  I take a lot of time...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 29, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for March 29, 2017 Blessings to you! As you can guess, I am still home, in my own room and working in my own office. I don’t have any trips planned for a while! The challenge is simply to recover from the surgery on the appendix, from the blood...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 22, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for March 22, 2017 Blessings to you!  Here I am again in my own office, writing to you from my normal computer.  The past couple of weeks have been a challenge but so often life is a challenge and always we must learn to see the challenge and...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 15, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for March 15, 2017 Blessings to you!  Well, by the time you get this, I might be home once again.  It all depends on further developments in my health.  I have been so healthy all my life that I have never had to pay much attention to my health. ...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 8, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for March 8, 2017 Blessings to you!  This last week after I returned from South Africa, I began to feel some kind of illness and no matter what I did, it did not get better.  I was supposed to fly to Dallas on Sunday, March 5th, and then...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 1, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for March 1, 2017 Blessings to you!  I arrived home last night, returning from South Africa.  I wrote most of these before I came home, knowing that I would not have much chance to write on the way.  It is good to be home.  It is a gift to begin...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 22, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for February 22, 2017 Blessings to you!  Today I am writing to you from South Africa.  I am in the northern part of this country, in the Province of Limpopo, at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Polokwane.  I have not been here in many years but know most...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 15, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for February 15, 2017 Blessings to you!  I am still at home in my own room and writing this in my office.  Thanks be to God.  Joshua the Beagle has not returned.  My heart is sad because I felt very close to him.  Always I keep hoping that I will...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 8, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for February 8, 2017 Blessings to you! Here I am back at Christ in the Desert and still working at adjust to the 14 hour time difference between here at Vietnam. I am always happy to be home even though there are challenges to being here and to...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 1, 21017

The Abbot's Notebook for February 1, 21017 Blessings to you!  I am writing from Vietnam and will leave Vietnam tomorrow to return home.  You can imagine I was a bit nervous arriving in Vietnam without an actual, physical visa in my passport.  But I had received the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 25, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for January 25, 2017 Blessings to you! Life sometimes gets crazy for me, especially when most of the other superiors of the monastery are away and I get to pick up all of their work. At the beginning of any New Year, I am also responsible for...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 18, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for January 18, 2017 Blessings to you!  It is wet, grim and gray weather here for this past week.  I like it better if it gets really cold and there is sunlight.  We are famous for having sun almost every day and that is one of the elements that...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 11, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for January 11, 2017 Blessings to you!  It is a relative warm winter day here at Christ in the Desert.  We have had snow off and on during the winter, but nothing very serious.  The temperatures go down to 4 or 5 degrees at night sometimes, but...

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