JANUARY 19, 2020 –  SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Readings:    Is 49: 3, 5-6; Ps 40: 2,4, 7-8, 8-9, 10; 1Cor 1:1-3; Jn 1: 29-34

So what is ordinary about Ordinary Time in the Catholic Church?  Actually, Ordinary Time is part of the liturgical year that is not the season of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.  It can be a special time for us as we begin the New Year. 

In today’s Gospel, the “Lamb,” is mentioned as it is during the Mass, “Lamb of God…” Jesus chose to accept the Cross as His obedience to suffer and die for our sins to the will of God the Father.  This is the message of our faith.  Asking God to bless you and your family. SK

“As we celebrate the mysteries of the Mass, we look to the Lamb who suffered, died, and rose for our salvation.  We must gather around the altar of the Lamb, offering to Him our own hearts and pledging to be His servants, so that we may welcome Him and become wedded to Him in the Holy Eucharist.”  http://catholicstraightanswers.com/why-is-jesus-called-the-lamb-of-god/

NEWSLETTER OF DECEMBER 1, 2019                                                        Dear Friends, “When the Church celebrates the Liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for this second coming.  By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself  to His desire:  “He must increase, but I must decrease.”  [Jn 3:30] (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #524) – We ask God to bless you during this Advent season with continued faith, in preparation for the birthday of Our Savior.  As St. Benedict reminds us about the truth of our existence in the daily occurrences of life.  We recognize each moment is that journey.  Let us see God in others, let us seek peace within ourselves, maintaining mindfulness of God in all things, especially prayer.

We give thanks for this past year, celebrating ten years of being in Gobernador, NM.  It has been challenging, but joyful in continuing our monastic life.  Thanks to each of you for all that you do for us in building up our monastery:  Your prayers, your in-kind services, friendship and gifts.  We are most grateful for those of you who participated in the June Ice Cream Social.  Sister Julianne was admitted to the hospital with a serious UTI but is fine now.  Our Sister Benedicta had a small stroke that affected her left hand only, but she is recovering and going to physical therapy.  In September, Sister Frances was able to attend a Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB) meeting in Mexico for one week.  This organization promotes mutual support and exchange of ideas and experience among Benedictine women, fostering the development of monasticism.   Sister Hilda and Sister Kateri were invited to attend a meeting of the Subiaco Congregation, English Province meeting in Spain for seven days as an opportunity of exchanging mutual support between Superiors and delegates.  Our retreat of course was one of rest with conferences given by Sister Ancilla from St. Walburga Abbey, Colorado.   There has been much work done in getting the St. Scholastica modular ready.  Ernest, Tommy and Arturo, have worked diligently knocking down walls, hooking up the electricity, making sure the outside of the building was stuccoed for weather purposes.   

Giver of all gifts, you have made many promises to those who love you.  As I await the birthday of your greatest promise, your own Son, help me to see the many ways in which He comes into our world and the many ways in which I can find Him today.  Open my eyes and my heart to the graces of this Advent season so that I may prosper in goodness and holiness.  by Judith Sutera, OSB,“Advent and Christmas,” Liguori Publications © 2010

Pope Francis Monthly Intention for January 2020 -Promotion of World Peace:  We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.

MISSION STATEMENT – The Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert is a monastic community of women in the Benedictine tradition.  We profess vows of stability, conversion of life and obedience.  Our primary mission,  is to seek God through a life of prayer, silence and solitude.  Our way of life frees us to give glory and praise to God, intercede through prayer for the needs of the world and hospitality.