January 10, 2016

January 10, 2016

Here we are on the last day of the Christmas Season, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord!  And here is a Christmas photo journal so you can share in the joy of our monastery Christmas. We began our celebration late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve with the annual Christmas tree blessing in […]

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December 20, 2015

December 20, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Advent The circle of light is complete. The fourth Advent Candle now burns brightly in a radiant ring of light. In five days, Jesus the light of the world, will come among us as God from God and Light from Light. Jesus, the long-awaited One, will once more walk among us, this […]

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December 13, 2015

December 13, 2015

Third Sunday of Advent “His reason is love.” says Julian of Norwich in speaking about why God created the universe. His reason is love, not punishment, not wrath, not to be a perpetually-insulted God who wreaks judgment on his creatures. His reason for creation is love. And so Jesus, that is why you came and […]

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December 6, 2015

December 6, 2015

Second Sunday of Advent “Lead kindly light,” says John Henry Newman, “amid the encircling gloom.” The encircling gloom which at first seemed so impenetrable yields now to one more small light giving of its substance and surrendering its heart to the flame. Lord Jesus, transform us into persons of mercy. Help us to share and […]

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November 29, 2015

November 29, 2015

First Sunday of Advent Here we are again, standing at the threshold of another Advent. In this season of the year when darkness steps to the fore and pushes aside our daylight, we take a step into the liturgy of Advent where we illumine the darkness with the light of a candle in an ever-increasing […]

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Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends! We hope that your day was blessed and full of family, friends and celebration. And probably a football game, too?? Ours was a happy time of relaxing with one another and our two brother monks of Erlac around a table laden with a delicious din ner provided for us by our […]

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November 15, 2015

November 15, 2015

Happy Autumn, dear Friends! We enjoyed our annual community retreat the week of October 18-24.  This year our retreat director was Fr. James Palmigiano of St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA.  This is the third time over the years that he has been our retreat director and, as always, it was fabulous.  The weather cooperated […]

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October 6, 2015

October 6, 2015

Autumn has turned out to be a time of many moods! It splashed the hillsides with yellow and dazzled us with the bluest of blue skies and dancing white clouds – just to make us smile. Then came the winds that blew in a gully-drencher of a rainstorm. Our arroyos were raging with water in […]

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September 26, 2015

September 26, 2015

The grass on the Santa Rita foothills is still green at the roots, but otherwise it has that gone-to-seed autumn look.  The “Gold Fields” are blooming all over, adding splashes of golden color everywhere.  On the roadsides and on the edges of the dry river beds, tall sunflowers adding their own shades of gold, brown and green. We […]

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August 26, 2015

August 26, 2015

All good things must come to an end, so we bid adieu to Fr. John and Sr. Eleanor with a supper party.  It’s been a joy to share in Sr. Eleanor’s warm Irish humor and good spirits this summer.  We wish her all the best in her studies.  We are grateful to the abbot and community […]

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