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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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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 4, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for January 4, 2017 Blessings to you!  These have been strong and wonderful days in the Monastery after Christmas and now after the New Year has begun.  For me, of course, the days are more crowded than other days.  More brothers seem to have ups...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 28, 2016

The Abbot's Notebook for December 28, 2016 Blessings to you!  May the blessings of the time of Christmas be with you!  May the celebration of the Birth of Jesus bring you many graces and much joy.  In the tradition of the Church, this great Solemnity of the Birth of...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 21, 2016

The Abbot's Notebook for December 21, 2016 Blessings to you!  This Notebook brings you my Christmas prayers and the promise of a Holy Mass for you and for your needs and intentions.  Christmas will be here so very soon and I won’t be writing again before Christmas. ...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 14, 2016

The Abbot's Notebook for December 14, 2016 Blessings to you! We have been having a lot of cold weather, like many other parts of the country. I don’t mind the cold as long as I can stay warm, either inside or with adequate clothes outside. I like the seasons of the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 7, 2016

The Abbot's Notebook for December 7, 2016 Blessings to you!  I am at Christ in the Desert as this arrives to you, but I spent four days with the Sisters of Our Lady of the Desert serving as their chaplain.  I rarely get an opportunity to share in this kind of service...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 30, 2016

The Abbot's Notebook for November 30, 2016 Blessings to you!  It snowed here at Christ in the Desert this year on the First Sunday of Advent!  God has His own designs, for sure, but sometimes the beginning of a new season is wonderfully accompanied by changes in the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 23, 2016

The Abbot's Notebook for November 23, 2016 Blessings to you!  Last night I returned to Christ in the Desert from Mexico.  The time in Mexico was, I hope, good for the communities that I visited as well as a time of reflection and prayer for me.  As I get older, I find...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 16, 2016

The Abbot's Notebook for November 16, 2016 Blessings to you!  Today I am writing to you from our Monastery of Santa María y Todos los Santos (Saint Mary and All the Saints), outside of Xalapa in the State of Veracruz in Mexico.  I arrived here last Saturday night and...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 9, 2016

The Abbot's Notebook for November 9, 2016 Blessings to you!  Another week has passed.  This past Sunday night we began our Annual Retreat here at Christ in the Desert.  Bishop Michael Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland, is directing our retreat and is very good indeed. ...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 19, 2016

The Abbot's Notebook for October 19, 2016 Blessings to you!  Once more I am home and happy to be here.  The visit with my sisters and brother in Washington State and the class reunion in Oregon were all positive and joyful experiences for me.  As always, I am happy to...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 26, 2016

The Abbot's Notebook for October 26, 2016 Blessings to you!  I am in Washington State, visiting my two sisters and brother who live here.  I visited here in October of 2010 for the funeral of my mother and I have not visited since then.  The policy in our community...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 19, 2016

The Abbot's Notebook for October 19, 2016 Blessings to you!  Home again and looking out the windows of the monastery here at Christ in the Desert.  We have had some truly wonderful fall days this year, with lots of sunshine, cool morning and warm afternoons.  It is a...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 12, 2016

The Abbot's Notebook for October 12, 2016 Blessings to you!  I have arrived back home once again.  This past week I went to our Monastery of Thien Tam in Texas, leaving Christ in the Desert on Thursday and returning here yesterday, Tuesday.  Traveling always sounds...

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