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4th Sunday of Lent, Cycle C—2019

4th Sunday of Lent, Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 The Lord said to Joshua, "Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you."  While the Israelites were encamped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, they celebrated the Passover on the evening of...

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Two New Simply Professed

On March 21st, the Feast of the Passing of Our Holy Father Saint Benedict, two of our novices made their simple or first profession of vows, promising obedience, stability and conversion of life as Benedictine monks. This took place during the Conventual Mass at our...

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Two New Novices

We received two new novices into our community on Wednesday evening, March 20th. They are Brothers Charbel Gomez and Benedetto Reinte, pictured here with Abbot Christian. Please keep these brothers in your prayers and be assured of their prayers as well.

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3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C–2019

3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.  Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  There an angel of the Lord appeared to...

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A Lenten Meditation

Once upon a time a father gave his little son some chewing gum, and the son took it but said nothing. “What do you say when you are given something good?” asked the father. “I want more,” replied the child. That is an understandable enough reaction of a little...

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C—2019

2nd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 The Lord God took Abram outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.  Just so," he added, "shall your descendants be."  Abram put his faith in the Lord, who credited it...

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1st Sunday of Lent, Cycle C–2019

1st Sunday of Lent, Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Moses spoke to the people, saying:  "The priest shall receive the basket from you and shall set it in front of the altar of the Lord, your God.  Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God, 'My...

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8th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C–2019

8th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Sirach 27:4-7 When a sieve is shaken, the husks appear; so do one's faults when one speaks.  As the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so in tribulation is the test of the just.  The fruit of a tree...

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7th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2019

7th Sunday of the Year--Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 In those days, Saul went down to the desert of Ziph with three thousand picked men of Israel, to search for David in the desert of Ziph.  So David and Abishai went among Saul's...

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time — Cycle C –2019

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time -- Cycle C --2019 FIRST READING  Jeremiah 17:5-8 Thus says the Lord:  Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord.  He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys...

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Dear Friends in Christ, It has been many years since I have been a regular teacher in the formation program at our monastery, but as abbot I am doing it once again. In the past, I mostly taught classes to the postulants and novices on the Books of Psalms, the Rule of...

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019 FIRST READING  Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple.  Seraphim were stationed above.  They cried one to the other,...

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Laudato si

While many parts of the United States are in the grips of inclement, or perhaps more accurately, horrible, weather, with record-breaking freezing temperatures, we in New Mexico are enjoying mild daytime temperatures, around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, or higher. This is...

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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time–Cycle C—2019

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time--Cycle C-- 2019 FIRST READING  Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 The word of the Lord came to me, saying:  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.  But do you gird your...

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