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June 26th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"In a single act of love hold the entire world in your heart. There consider all the good people together and rejoice. There look upon the evil and lament. Gaze upon those in trouble and oppressed and share their suffering." Cistercian abbot and author Saint Aelred of...

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June 24th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"For most of us, this is the aim Never here to be realized; We are only undefeated Because we have gone on trying... For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business." American poet, playwright, essayist publisher T. S. Eliot, +1965

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Summer News Letter 2020

PO Box 270, Abiquiu, NM 87510 • Telephone: 575-613-4233 • JOURNEY TO GOD Many people ask today: where is our Church and Catholic culture headed? The replies to the question are not always positive or encouraging. There may be many reasons to agree...

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Solemnity of Saint John the Baptist 2020

Every year on June 24th the Church remembers in a special way the birth of the great prophet, John the Baptist. This is also the day of our yearly recalling the beginning of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, on June 24th, 1964. On that day our three founders,...

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June 21st: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

"Neither be crushed by adversity nor lose discipline through too much joy. It is by this means that joys are more appreciated and difficulties more readily endured. Blessed be God forever." Cistercian abbot Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, +1153

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June 19th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"When it all starts, monastic life feels like a thousand swords wounding you at once. Later, you discover that the wounds were there in the first place, and being a monk has healed them." Camaldolese Benedictine monk Anselmo Giabbani

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 20:10-13; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew 10:26-33 The New Testament, including today’s Gospel text, is clear that those who obey God are capable of giving witness or testimony to Christ. The first Christian community gave testimony to Christ...

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June 14th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. God has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do God's work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it--if I do but keep God's commandments."...

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June 12th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"An old man said: 'One man is thought to be silent, and yet his heart judges and condemns others, and the one who acts thus speaks continually. Another man speaks from morning till evening and yet keeps silence, that is to say, he speaks nothing which is not...

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