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Impressions of Rome: Precepi

Impressions of Rome: Presepi In mid to late November around the city of Rome, and presumably in many other places in Italy, Christmas decorations begin to appear. These include the usual strings of colorful electric lights, often strung between buildings along city...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 13, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for December 13, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you! A quiet Advent week in the monastery. What a peaceful time Advent can be. I remember that when I first came to New Mexico in 1974, I was deeply impressed by the image of a...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 6, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for December 6, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you! Well, it has been a quiet week. The funeral of Fr. Fred Brand is later today, after you receive this Notebook. The brother who was in hospital has returned home and is...

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Impressions of Rome: A Papal Audience

Those readers who have been to Rome might wonder why I have never written in these weekly postings about going to a papal audience. I confess I have not been to one for many years, but recently that changed. On November 15th this year I attended an outdoor papal...

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OBLATE NEWS

Our Oblate Director, Fr. Joseph Gabriel has received the following announcement: The Benedictine Sisters of St. Gertrude monastery in Cottonwood, Idaho will be offering a symposium for oblates.   “Oblates for the Future – Symposium 2018” will be a five day,...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 29, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for November 29, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  This has been a significant week because someone died on our road.  In all of my years here at Christ in the Desert, there has never been anyone die on the road in an...

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Impressions of Rome: On Pilgrimage

From November 10th to the 12th this year I assisted with a pilgrimage of Benedictine oblates to important sites in and around the Eternal City. Thirty-five men and women from Australia to the Netherlands to the United States, and places in between, had signed up (and...

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Christ the King-Cycle A—2017

Christ the King-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Thus says the Lord God:  I myself will look after and tend my sheep.  As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep.  I will rescue them from...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 22, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for November 22, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  We are coming to the end of the year already.  This year has passed all too quickly.  Because we have an end of the Church Year on December 2nd and then the end of the...

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Impressions of Rome: All Souls Day

All Souls Day is on November 2nd, a day when Catholics and many other Christians traditionally commemorate the Faithful Departed, remembering in prayer all those who have died. This year on All Souls Day I visited the monumental Roman cemetery of Verano, next to the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 15, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for November 15, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Will the weather change?  Sometimes that is a preoccupation here because the weather affects us a lot.  As it gets colder, those who are used to warmer climates feel the...

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33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls.  Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize.  She brings him good, and not evil, all the days...

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Impressions of Rome: Pines of Rome

I recently sent a friend in Michigan a short video clip of Piazza Venezia here in Rome, one of the city’s busiest places most of the day. In the early morning, though, before 8:30 am, it is a fairly tranquil thoroughfare and almost exudes an air of peace at an...

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