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Ascension of our Lord—Cycle B—2018

Ascension of our Lord—Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING                    Acts of the Apostles   1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles...

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Impression of Rome: The Coliseum

One of Rome’s most impressive monuments is the Coliseum. Located next to the ancient Roman Forum, the Coliseum draws around five million visitors in the course of the year. It is almost always crowded inside and out with tourists. I confess that when I pass by the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for May 2, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for May 2, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Our life here at Christ in the Desert continues always to be a challenge.  One of the great challenges is language.  Father Simeon has arranged for...

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6th Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018

6th Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and, falling at his feet, paid him homage.  Peter, however, raised him up, saying, “Get up. I myself am also a human being.” ...

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Saint Benedict Joseph Labre

Growing up in Oregon, and before becoming a Benedictine monk, I knew of the Trappist monks of Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey, some forty miles south and west of my home in Portland. The monastery was founded by Saint Joseph Trappist Abbey of Spencer, Massachusetts, in...

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5th Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018

5th Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 9:26-31 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.  Then Barnabas took charge of him and brought...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 25, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for April 25, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you! Christ is risen! Alleluia! I have returned home from a few days at our Monastery of La Soledad in Mexico and then a few days in the now independent Monastery of Thien Tam in...

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4th Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018

4th Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018 FIRST READING                    Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12 Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:  “Leaders of the people and elders:  If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 18, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for April 18, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  One of the challenges of serving a community is to know that when I am about to leave for a trip, there will be no time for myself because so...

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Impressions of Rome: Confraternities

An important dimension of Catholic Church life in Italy over the past several centuries has been the presence and work of Confraternities. A Confraternity is a group, usually composed of both men and women, though sometimes of only men or only women, who in cities,...

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3rd Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018

3rd Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15, 17-19 Peter said to the people:  “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 11, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for April 11, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Already the Easter Season moves on and it will go by quickly.  All the dogs are home and none are in the hospital.  All the brothers are home and...

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Impressions of Rome: Holy Week 2018

I wrote about Holy Week and Easter in Rome a year ago and here I am doing so again. Tempus fugit, as the ancient Romans said, and the point is still valid: time flies, like it or not. In English we sometimes add to “time flies,” the little phrase, “when you’re having...

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New Novices!

Brother Boniface, Brother Ignatius, Abbot Philip, Brother Jerome, Brother Chrysostom and Prior Fr. Benedict...

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2nd Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018

2nd Sunday of Easter-Cycle B-2018 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35 The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.  With great power the apostles...

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