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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 30, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for May 30, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Father Thomas-Benedict is now out of the hospital and at home, feeling much better.  Father Andrew continue to struggle with his recovery from open heart surgery to repair the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 23, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for May 23, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  This week I have been challenged to write because my mind seems caught up with other things.  That does not happen often to me.  Usually I can just sit down and write a letter...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 16, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for May 16, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  I am still in Mexico as this letter goes out but tonight I will be back at Christ in the Desert.  The time here has been joyful as well as...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 2, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for May 2, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Our life here at Christ in the Desert continues always to be a challenge.  One of the great challenges is language.  Father Simeon has arranged for...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 25, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for April 25, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you! Christ is risen! Alleluia! I have returned home from a few days at our Monastery of La Soledad in Mexico and then a few days in the now independent Monastery of Thien Tam in...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 18, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for April 18, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  One of the challenges of serving a community is to know that when I am about to leave for a trip, there will be no time for myself because so...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 11, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for April 11, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Already the Easter Season moves on and it will go by quickly.  All the dogs are home and none are in the hospital.  All the brothers are home and...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 4, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for April 4, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Probably for me one of the greatest struggles in the spiritual life was to come to believe that Jesus Christ truly is man and truly is God.  Many...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 28, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for March 28, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Thumper the Dog ended up in the hospital again and perhaps he has primary heart disease.  The other possibility is that he suffered some trauma when he was out and running....

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 21, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for March 21, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Last week Brother Benedict Hall had a bad day and even went to the hospital.  It seemed in the end, however, that what was happening to him was an allergic reaction to three...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 14, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for March 14, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  We are having a good week here in the Monastery.  Brother Vincent Mary returned from Vietnam.  Abbot Anselm of Pluscarden, the Abbot Visitor of the English Province, arrived...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 7, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for March 7, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  The grandmother of our Brother Jude seems to be dying and so he has gone to be with his family in New Jersey.  Father Mayeul and Brother Bonaventure are still in Vietnam and...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 28, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for February 28, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Already we are in the Second Week of Lent!  Here at Christ in the Desert we have begun to focus on the upcoming Canonical Visitation and then after that, we will focus...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 21, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for February 21, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Already we are in the middle of the First Week of Lent and moving towards Holy Week and Easter.  Time always keeps moving!  In the past I seemed able to keep up with the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 14, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for February 14, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Not along ago I mentioned how grateful I was that our community had not had flu or colds much this year.  That has ended and for most of the past week we have had 7 to 10...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 7, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for February 7, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  This last week was spent mostly in Louisiana at Saint Joseph Abbey, attending the annual Abbots’ and Priors’ Workshop.  The theme this year was how to create a culture of...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 31, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for January 31, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you! The first month of the New Year is already gone. The days are already getting longer and the nights shorter here in our part of the world. In other parts of the world, the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 24, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for January 24, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Finally we had our first real snow of this winter last Sunday.  It was only three or four inches, but it was snow.  We have had some sprinkles late last year and that was...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 17, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for January 17, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  It has been one of those wonderful and quiet weeks in the monastery.  Father David Anderson is here, giving us classes on Scripture and Brother Ruzai returned to India for...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 10, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for January 10, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  The great celebrations of Christmas, Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord have come to an end and now we are back in Ordinary Time.  This time after the great solemnities...

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