Abbot's Notebook

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The Abbot’s Notebook: The Baptism of the Lord

Do you remember the day you were baptized? I certainly don’t remember mine. I was all of twenty-five days old when my Baptism took place, on January 4, 1953. It must have been a cold and quite possibly rainy day in Portland, Oregon, that Sunday when my parents,...

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Christmas Greetings

Dear Friends in Christ, Christmas greetings and prayers to you and your loved ones. I hope you are having a joyful celebration of the Birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. We keep you in our prayers and ask God’s many blessings upon you. Remember, Christmas begins on...

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The Abbot’s Notebook: December 15, 2019

Dear Friends in Christ, This has been a busy week for me! I left Rome on Sunday, December 9th, to return to New Mexico and my Monastery of Christ in the Desert. After the First Sunday of Advent early morning Offices of Vigils and Lauds, followed by Holy Mass, taking...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 12, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for December 12, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  This is the day of the election of the abbot here in our Monastery of Christ in the Desert.  This Notebook goes out before that election happens.  If you want to find out...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 5, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for December 5, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  We have had a heavy snow this week and it came on the very day of the diaconal ordination of our Brother Bonaventure here at the Monastery, December 2nd.  It did not stop...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 28, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for November 28, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Now we are only two weeks away from the election of an abbot here in our community.  Our Abbot President, Abbot Guillermo Arboleda Tamayo, has asked us to pray with these...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 21, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for November 21, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  This past week we finished our annual retreat.  Father John Murphy, S.J., conducted the retreat for us and it was, at least for me, a very wonderful retreat.  Thanks be to...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 14, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for November 14, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  This past week I have received a bad cold and sore throat as a gift from others.  I presided at the temporary vows of our Brother Emmanuel Dao Van Rinh, barely able to...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 7, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for November 7, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  I am sitting at my own desk in my own office once again.  That will change pretty soon.  Tomorrow I begin to move into a normal monk’s cell so that the rooms of the abbot...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 31, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for October 31, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  I am home once again at Christ in the Desert.  Sometimes I remember how I used to be able to travel and never feel any tiredness at all.  Those days are gone.  I can still...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 24, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for October 24, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  I am writing to you from the State of Virginia this time.  Prior Benedict and I are here looking at a property that might work for a monastic community.  It has been a...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 17, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for October 17, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  It has been a relatively quiet week, although some fairly important things have happened.  Brother Charles went to have his fingerprints checked by the FBI.  This is one of...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 10, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for October 10, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Last Friday night, October 5th, we had four more men enter the novitiate here at Christ in the Desert.  First was Brother Seraphim who is 33 years old and comes from Kerala...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 3, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for October 3, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Last Saturday, September 29th, our Brother Michael Mugambi made his first vows in our community.  He is our sixth professed monk from Kenya.  Sister Josephine of the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for September 26, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for September 26, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  It has been an interesting week because the Weimaraner Benny always gets into trouble.  Sometime he seems more accident prone than any dog that we have ever had.  He just...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for September 19, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for September 19, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  I am back home at Christ in the Desert after almost two weeks in Mexico.  During that time I visited the Monastery of San Benito in Mexico City, the Monastery of Nuestra...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for September 12, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for September 12, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  I am writing to you from Mexico and ask your prayers for all of our communities here.  The travel to Mexico was without problems and as soon as I got here, I began...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for September 5, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for September 5, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Another week at home and everything here is relatively quiet and peaceful.  Our Father Andrew, who is 55 years old, had a mild heart attack on September 1st, so please...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for August 29, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for August 29, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Reading the news is sometimes like watching a storm beginning and then waiting to see if anything will happen.  The storms of politics and the storms of the Church right now...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for August 22, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for August 22, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Last Wednesday we had the solemn vows of three of our brothers and we are blessed to have them now as permanent members of our community.  We now have 25 permanent members...

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