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December 16th: Snowy and Sunny

We received some snow at dawn on Wednesday morning, December 15th. It all happened very quickly during Lauds and Mass and ceased as abruptly as it started. In these times we are grateful for moisture in any form, and even a couple of inches of snow is worth its weight...

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December 14th: The Power of Flowers

Nothing quite lifts the spirits of the attentive as blooming flowers. While winters can be cold here, mostly in the early morning, sunshine usually abounds throughout the day. That gives a real boost for house plants, providing us with many hours and days of viewing...

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December 11th: First Snow

On December 10th, the Abbot's 69th birthday(!) we had our first sighting of snow, in the upper canyon north of us. Moisture is much needed and appreciated in any form during this time of drought, so we were delighted when rain fell throughout the night of December 9th...

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December 10th: Really Chickens

Someone recently wrote us: "Do you really have chickens?" That alerted us to the fact that maybe our flock is not getting enough face-time. In the photo below, our Kitchen Manager (though not the Chicken Manager), Father Zachary, is proffering the hens (and our lone...

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Third Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-18; Philippians 4:4-7; Gospel According to Luke 3:10-18 We have reached the half-way point in Advent. The celebration of Christmas draws near, just two weeks away. On this Sunday the Church invites us to rejoice, the opening words of...

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December 7th: Habemus Carrum Novum

We have a new car! More precisely, it is a 2012 Chevrolet, all-wheel, silver-colored cargo van, perfect for our weekly grocery shopping. It is pictured below. The van came all the way from South Dakota and is a "dream-come-true." We are deeply grateful and indebted to...

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December 3rd: Christmas Cactus

True to form, our Christmas cactus are beginning to bloom. The delicate magenta- colored flowers always appear in December and usually once again in the course of the year. While the cactus is a distinctive Christmas visitor, we monks don't start decorating and...

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December 1st: Daily Fare

Egg production typically slows down at the time of year, only increasing after the Winter Solstice, which occurs on December 21st this year. Because of the variety of breeds of our hens, we always have an array of color and size in the delicious eggs they produce....

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Second Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture Readings: Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:3-11; Gospel According to Saint Luke 3:1-6 On the Second Sunday of Advent the Church has us contemplate the person and mission of Saint John the Baptist, the great prophet of the coming of Christ. Considered more than a...

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November 30th: The Coming of Our God

Advent has begun, the "short but sweet" preparation for Christmas, the celebration of the Birth of the Redeemer, Christ the Lord. We have an Advent wreath, photographed below, prominently displayed in our refectory, the place where we take our daily meals. For each of...

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First Sunday of Advent, Year C

Prophet Jeremiah 33:14-16, First Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Gospel According to Saint Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Every Advent, the Church reflects in her Liturgy—the Mass and the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours--the threefold coming of Jesus Christ into the world. The...

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November 25th: Giving Thanks

Hopefully we all have something or even many things for which to be thankful. Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans dedicate the day to giving thanks, and we monks celebrate Thanksgiving Day as well. On Thanksgiving we have our Mass, as we always...

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November 21st: Hospitality

As we monks of Christ in the Desert anticipate the return of guests in early March of next year, it was good to hear a conference by our Retreat-giver this year, Father Joel Rippinger, OSB, on the topic of hospitality. The art of receiving others into our lives or...

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November 19th: Work

An unofficial motto of Benedictines is "Ora et Labora," pray and work. They are really two sides of one coin in being a monk. Or equally true, in being a Christian. All of us should pray and work, whatever our call in life. Our community retreat this year, directed by...

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November 18th: Stability

One of the retreat topics that Father Joel has discussed with us is the Benedictine vow of stability. For us monks, stability means belonging to a particular monastery. We don't simply belong to the "Benedictine Order," in the abstract, but to the Monastery of Christ...

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