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THE SOLEMN PROFESSION

BRO. DOMINIC AND FR. SIMEON MAKE THEIR SOLEMN PROFESSION On Saturday, February 10th, two monks of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Br. Dominic and Fr. Simeon, made their final vows.  It was the feast of St. Scholastica, the sister of St. Benedict, and a most...

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Ash Wednesday–2018

Ash Wednesday--2018 FIRST READING            Joel 2:12-18 Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.  For gracious and merciful is he,...

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Impressions of Rome: Cats

I have already written, some months ago, about dogs in Rome. It is now time to consider the cats of the city. Felines are definitely “dappertutto,” that is, “everywhere” in the Eternal City. Many  sidewalks, ruins, churches, piazza, public stairways, have one or more...

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING            Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “If someone has on his skin a scab or pustule or blotch which appears to be the sore of leprosy, he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest, or...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 7, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for February 7, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  This last week was spent mostly in Louisiana at Saint Joseph Abbey, attending the annual Abbots’ and Priors’ Workshop.  The theme this year was how to create a culture of...

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Impressions of Rome: Epiphany

The Catholic Church has traditionally kept certain great feasts on a specific day, such as Christmas on December 25th and the Epiphany of the Lord on January 6t h. Easter is always observed on the first Sunday after the spring equinox (the first full moon of spring)...

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OBLATE NEWS

AIM USA ANNOUNCES 2018 LENTEN APPEAL The Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM USA) promotes cooperation and solidarity among monasteries throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.  With this as its goal and, keeping in mind Jesus’ invitation to love our...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 31, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for January 31, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you! The first month of the New Year is already gone. The days are already getting longer and the nights shorter here in our part of the world. In other parts of the world, the...

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B–2018

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B--2018 FIRST READING            Job 7:1-4, 6-7 Job spoke, saying:  Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?  Are not his days those of hirelings?  He is a slave who longs for the shade, a hireling who waits for his wages.  So I have...

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Impressions of Rome: Retreat

Not long after arriving in Rome last January, 2017, our Abbot President Guillermo Leon Arboleda Tamayo asked me if I could offer retreat conferences in English later in 2017 to the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing in Rome. The Motherhouse of the sisters is in...

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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B–2018

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B--2018 FIRST READING  Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Moses spoke to all the people, saying:  “A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you from among your own kin; to him you shall listen.  This is exactly what you requested of...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 24, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for January 24, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Finally we had our first real snow of this winter last Sunday.  It was only three or four inches, but it was snow.  We have had some sprinkles late last year and that was...

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3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING Jonah 3:1-5, 10 The word of the Lord came to Jonah, saying: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 17, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for January 17, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  It has been one of those wonderful and quiet weeks in the monastery.  Father David Anderson is here, giving us classes on Scripture and Brother Ruzai returned to India for...

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