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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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Impressions of Rome: Sister Rain

If “the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain,” as Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle chanted in “My Fair Lady,” then the rain in Rome stays “mainly on me.” At least that is how it felt on Monday, March 12th when another monk, who studies in Rome, and I...

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ABBOT PHILIP ANNOUNCES EASTER SCHEDULE

Today Abbot Philip Lawrence, OSB, announced the Easter schedule for the Monastery of Christ in the Desert.  He emphasized that the public is cordially welcomed for all of the liturgical service being offered.  The weather is expected to be fine but in any event,...

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5th Sunday of Lent – Cycle B – 2018

5th Sunday of Lent - Cycle B – 2018 FIRST READING        Jeremiah 31:31-34 The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers the day I took...

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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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Impressions of Rome: Piazza Venezia

One of Rome’s most prominent landmarks, as well as being one of the most artistically questionable structures in the city, is the Vittorio Emanuele II (Victor Emmanuel the Second) monument in Piazza Venezia, just a few blocks from our curia Sant’Ambrogio in the...

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4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare) – Cycle B – 2018

4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare) - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING        2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 In those days, all the princes of Judah, the priests, and the people added infidelity to infidelity, practicing all the abominations of the nations and polluting the Lord’s...

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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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Impressions of Rome: Snow in the City

Just when I was thinking that I needed an interesting topic to write about, the Lord seemed to reply by sending a record-breaking cold front and serious snowstorm (by Italian standards) to the city of Rome. Snow is a rather rare occurrence here, and the last...

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3rd Sunday of Lent – Cycle B – 2018

3rd Sunday of Lent - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING        Exodus 20:1-17 In those days, God delivered all these commandments:  “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.  You shall not have other gods besides me.  You...

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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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Impressions of Rome: The Sound of Music

I arrived at our “Curia Sant’Ambrogio” last year, on Friday the 13th (!) of January, 2017. The Curia is the residence in Rome of the Abbot President of our Subiaco Cassinese Congregation of Benedictines, as well as of his assistants, numbering four monks. We also have...

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2nd Sunday of Lent – Cycle B – 2018

2nd Sunday of Lent - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING            Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 God put Abraham to the test.  He called to him, "Abraham!"  "Here I am!" he replied.  Then God said:  "Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land...

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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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Impressions of Rome: The Jewish Quarter

Our Curia Sant’Ambrogio is set in the midst of Rome’s Jewish Quarter. The technical and acceptable term for the area is, “the Ghetto,” which to American ears might sound derogatory or anti-Semitic, but if you ask the Jewish residents here, they will tell you they live...

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1st Sunday of Lent—Cycle B—2018

1st Sunday of Lent—Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING              Genesis 9:8-15 God said to Noah and to his sons with him:  "See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you:  all the birds, and...

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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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