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holy_spiritPentecost Sunday – May 24, 2015

Acts 2:1-11  •  Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,34 •  1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13 •  John 20:19-23

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’  When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.'”     John 20:19-23

Interestingly, I came across a word, “Pneumatology,” which in Christian theology is the study of the Holy Spirit. The word comes from two Greek words, which mean “wind, air, spirit” and “word” – combining to mean “the study of the Holy Spirit.” In my search from the Old Testament there were many observances such as Passover, Unleavened Bread and the Feast of First Fruits. Accordingly, the date of Pentecost (wheat harvest) would be calculated by counting 50 days after the Feast of First Fruits. Pentecost was known as a pilgrim festival and according to Jewish law the High Priest took two freshly baked wheat loaves and made an offering to the Lord, made from the newly harvested wheat. And so we understand that the time of Pentecost was for pilgrims in Jerusalem who celebrated the goodness of God and the wheat harvest. – In the New Testament, on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down visibly on the Apostles. He gave them the power to speak and understand different languages to the crowds that came to Jerusalem for that Feast. He also transformed them with courage and faith. Today the Holy Spirit continues to inspire us. Maybe we speak the same language yet we are apart because of misunderstandings or not being open to love others. The Holy Spirit can help us with the gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” Now God’s Spirit, who reveals God, makes known to us Christ, his Word, his living Utterance, but the Spirit does not speak of himself. The Spirit who “has spoken through the prophets” makes us hear the Father’s Word, but we do not hear the Spirit himself. We know him only in the movement by which he reveals the Word to us and disposes us to welcome him in faith. The Spirit of truth who “unveils” Christ to us “will not speak on his own.” Such properly divine self-effacement explains why “the world cannot receive [him], because it neither sees him nor knows him,” while those who believe in Christ know the Spirit because he dwells with them.”

May the Holy Spirit fill you with the wind of peace, and the truth of God’s love for you and your loved ones. Know that we pray for your intentions. Rejoice in His consolation. God bless you, SK

June 4, 2015 – Pope Francis Has Appointed Most Rev. John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, as the 12th Archbishop of Santa Fe. The Installation Mass for Archbishop-Elect Wester will be at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 4, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe. Until the installation Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan continues to serve as Archbishop of Santa Fe.

June 12, 2015 – Global Rosary Relay for Priests

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The Annual Global Rosary Relay idea is a simple one: in that each of the 84 participating shrines in 46 countries prays a particular mystery of the at a particular half hour on the day in thanksgiving to God for our priests and to implore the protection and loving care of Our Lady, Mother of all priests, for all her priestly sons. With the coming of midnight on 12th June 2015, the entire world, by then, will have been encircled in prayer for our priests on this The Annual Rosary Relay Day.  For more information, visit worldpriest.com

Our sisters will be joining the Rosary Relay at 5:30 pm, June 12th.   We hope that you would like to participate.  You can let us know via email or at 505-419-2938.

CONSECRATED LIFE – As most of you know, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life be celebrated throughout the world, beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014. It will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016.

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May 17, 2015 (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis – (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis canonized four women religious on Sunday, all 19th century nuns who worked in education. St Marie-Alphonsine and St Mary of Jesus Crucified were from the territory that made up historical Palestine; St Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve was a French nun and foundress; and St Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception came from Italy.

“To abide in God and in His love, and thus to proclaim by our words and our lives the resurrection of Jesus, to live in unity with one another and with charity towards all – this is what the four women Saints canonized today did,” Pope Francis said in his homily. “Their luminous example challenges us in our lives as Christians.”  Vatican news.

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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.

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