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May 31th: The Visitation

The Church celebrates on May 31st the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Vigin Mary to her kinswoman Elizabeth of Ein Karem. To mark the Feast, the first batch our rapidly blooming peonies have been "put in their place," so to speak, in front of the icon of the...

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May 28th: Peonies Appearing

The twenty large peony bushes in our cloister garden are now coming into bloom. What they lack in fragrance they make up in with dramatic beauty. Like the mini-irises in the cloister garden, the peonies make excellent long-lasting floral arrangements for our church....

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May 26th: Many Mini-Irises

What used to grow in our pond in the middle of our cloister are now flourishing outside of water, in our flower beds, also within our cloister garden. This variety of hearty yellow mini-irises (probably not the technical term) are perfect for decorating our church, at...

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Solemnity Of The Ascension Of The Lord 2022

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1:17-23; Gospel According to Saint Mark 16:15-20 We celebrate our Lord’s Ascension, taking place forty days after his resurrection. We recount with joy the day Christ completed his...

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May 23rd: Covid Update

Due to the rise once again of covid cases nationwide and in New Mexico, the Monastery Guesthouse and grounds are now closed until June 6th. In addition, due to drought conditions and potential fire danger, the Santa Fe National Forest, which surrounds the Monastery...

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May 21st: Mary’s Berry Patch

Right next to our "Veritas Orchard," of various recently-planted fruit trees, is our latest agricultural endeavor: a patch of berries. The patch includes raspberries, blackberries and two types of currents. Though planted just this Spring, there is hope of harvest...

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2,22-29; Book of Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; Gospel According to Saint John 14:23-29 This Sunday’s Gospel passage comes from the Farewell Discourse of Jesus at the Last Supper, right before his betrayal, crucifixion and...

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May 20th: Spring in Full Swing

Our houseplants, always indoors for the colder months, are outside once again. Nighttime temperatures are at present around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so there is no longer danger that the plants might freeze. On a less happy note, the drought in the great Southwest...

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May 14th: Irises Begin to Bloom

In our cloister quadrangle garden, surrounded by our living quarters, the early-blooming daffodils and tulips have run their course and now irises are appearing, soon to be followed by peonies and roses. The flowers we enjoy throughout the Spring and Summer never...

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C

Readings: Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27; Revelation 21:1-5; John13:31-35 An essential part of being a follower of Jesus Christ is a willingness to love. How many times have we heard with our ears and our hearts the words in today’s Gospel passage, “I give you a new...

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May 9th: Chewy and the Chickens

In our little corner of the Peaceable Kingdom, the feathered and woolen creatures get along very well. And that includes Matty the donkey as well. In fact, she is a bit of the center of activity, at least for the sheep. The poultry tend to be more independent-minded....

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May 4th: Easter Greetings

The solemn celebration of Easter continues here in the quiet of the Chama Canyon Wilderness. We are now in the Third Week of the Easter Season, which extends until Pentecost Sunday on June 5th, when Paschaltide (the Easter Season) comes to an end. After Easter comes...

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Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 13:14, 43-52; Book of Revelation 7:9, 14-17; Gospel According to Saint John 10:27-30 Our Lord Jesus Christ, during his earthly ministry, knew very well how to speak to the people about his person and his mission, using simple...

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April 30th: Desert Beauty

In the midst of Desert beauty we marvel at the wonders of God's creation. In this high desert setting of 6,500 feet above sea level, we enjoy four fairly distinct seasons. Each has its own chacteristics, and typically brothers prefer one over another. For some, Winter...

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April 27th: More Flowering Trees 

White and pink are the predominant colors of the trees now in bloom in our cloister garden. This dramatic sweep of God's paintbrush is always short-lived, but worth the wait and wonderful to behold each Spring. The six trees in the cloister are not fruit-bearing, but...

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April 26th: Spring in Full Force

New life in the form of flowers and trees coming into bloom just now add to the joyful mood of the Easter Season we are celebrating. Some recent winds and continued dry weather are not so welcome, and we continue to pray for rain. Our cloister garden stays green, but...

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April 24th: Easter Octave

Christ is Risen! He is Truly Risen! We are still basking in the light of the Risen Lord, with the cry of "Alleluia" ringing in our hearts and with our voices. The Liturgy we celebrate in common is filled with the Hebrew word for "Praise be God": Alleluia, and will...

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Second Sunday of Easter, Year C

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16; Revelation 1:9-11;12-13;17-19; Gospel According to Saint John 20:19-31 We continue our celebration of the Passover of Christ whose resurrection from the dead is the cause of our joy. This Sunday’s Gospel shows us...

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