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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING                      2 Kings 4:42-44 A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God, twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits, and fresh grain in the ear.  Elisha said, "Give it to...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for July 25, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for July 25, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Another quiet week at home is always a gift for me.  Some monks have returned from their family visits and others have gone.  Another postulant has joined the community. ...

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Impressions of Rome: Grottaferrata Abbey

Rome’s longest continuously occupied monastery of monks, existing since the eleventh century, is the Byzantine Catholic Monastery of Saint Mary of Grottaferrata. Located on the outskirts of Rome, this monastery of the Byzantine-Greek Catholic Rite belongs to the Order...

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ABBOT PHILIP TO RETIRE

The Right Reverend Philip J. Lawrence, OSB, the Abbot of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, recently announced in the summer newsletter that given the required retirement of an abbot at age seventy-five coming in 2019, he has decided that he will retire on...

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING            Jeremiah 23:1-6 Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the Lord.  Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, against the shepherds who shepherd my...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for July 18, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for July 18, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Another week has gone by.  One of the decisions that I have been praying about is whether to continue to write or not once I am retired.  My resignation as abbot will take...

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING            Amos 7:12-15 Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos, "Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah!  There earn your bread by prophesying, but never again prophesy in Bethel; for it is the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for July 11, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for July 11, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  I got home just last night, July 10th, and today is the Solemnity of Saint Benedict, the author of the monastic rule that we follow and the Patriarch of Monasticism in the...

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING            Ezekiel 2:2-5 As the Lord spoke to me, the spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard the one who was speaking say to me:  Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, rebels who...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for July 4, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for July 4, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you! In the United States the 4th of July is a celebration!  It is our Independence Day.  Patriotism of the right kind can be a wonderful blessing to a country.  Today there can be...

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING            Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.  For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for June 27, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for June 28, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Surely the most important event of this past week was the solemn profession of vows of our Brother Charles and our Brother Bede.  We are incredible blessed by these two...

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