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Abbot’s Notebook for May 22nd, 2020

Friends have asked how we are doing at the Monastery. Happily, I can report that we are well, thanks be to God, and carrying on with our regular life and duties in this beautiful Chama canyon setting. We monks range in age from 23 to 93 (I am 67!), so we have to be...

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May 20th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

"When I seek you, my God, what I am seeking is a life of happiness. This is the happy life, and this alone: to rejoice in you, about you and because of you. This is the life of happiness, and it is not to be found anywhere else." Saint Augustine of Hippo, The...

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Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1:17-23; Gospel According to Saint Luke 24:46-53 We celebrate the Lord’s Ascension, taking place forty days after the Resurrection. We recount with joy the day Christ completed His...

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May 19th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"The Lord calls us back to the right road, to the highway; and when we are made into believers, trusting Christ, we are not yet in the home country, but we have begun to walk along the highway toward it. The steps along this highway are love of God and of our...

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May 18th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"To the degree that we enter into the things of the Spirit, we desire to come near to God; and in the proportion to our progress in the things of the Spirit, we do in fact come close to God and to our neighbor. The closer we are to God, the closer we become to one...

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May 17th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian:

"Thank you, Jesus, for choosing us as your friends. Teach us to respond to your friendship, so that we may bear abundant and lasting fruit. Widen our hearts to be more like yours, so that living in communion with you and with others, we may arrive at the happiness of...

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May 16th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

"How is a person of faith to respond to (the present) crises and any number of personal challenges? The answer lies not in our own power, but instead must begin with our abandonment to Divine Mercy. For Jesus Christ, who has won the victory over sin and death, has...

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May 15th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"Pray with your whole being even though you think that it has no savor for you. For such prayer is very profitable even though you feel nothing. Pray with your whole being, though you feel nothing, though you see nothing, even though it seems impossible to you. It is...

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May 14th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"Let the ear fast from its evil itch to listen to stories and rumors and whatever is unprofitable or has little bearing on salvation. Let the tongue fast from retraction and grumbling, from useless, vain and scurrilous words, and--because of the seriousness of...

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May 13th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

"We are what we are in prayer: there is no success or failure--just as what we see in the mirror is what we are. If we do not like what we see, there is no point in throwing out the mirror. That changes nothing. If we do not like the self we discover when we try to...

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A

Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; First Letter of Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21 The readings for this Sunday are taken from the final days of Jesus' earthly sojourn as well as the first steps of the infant Church after the death, resurrection and ascension of the Lord. The...

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May 12: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"My faith is the backbone of who I am, and I know I am in God's hands. Spreading our faith to our children and our grandchildren and helping those who struggle to practice their faith--that is our mission. It's not just something we like to do. It's our mission." Mary...

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May 11th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"Christian joy flows from listening to, and accepting, the good news of the death and Resurrection of Jesus . . . Whoever believes this message rejects the lie that our life is ours to do with as we will." Pope Francis, Lent 2020

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May 9th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

"Studies have shown that life lessons bring us more lasting happiness than possessions. It's the stuff we do, not the stuff we have, that makes life worth living." Kevin J. Groenewold, CEO, New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association

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May 8th: Quote for the Day From Abbot Christian

"Faith and hope are what makes us move as human beings and reach out to others--especially to people who haven't had the breaks that we've had--and this compassion is so absolutely, desperately important." Mary Higgins Clark, +2020, renowned novelist, Catholic and...

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