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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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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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