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SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – 1Sm 26: 2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; Ps 103: 1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13; 1Cor 15: 45-49; Lk 6: 27-38

“Stop judging and you will not be judged.  Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.  Forgive and you will be forgiven.  Give, and gifts will be given to you…”  I remember in the hippie days, we had a saying, “What goes around, comes around.”  This is so true what Jesus is saying to us this Sunday.  I know that at times when I judge, condemn or not forgive, that my life seems to be heavy and I am not at peace.  When we give of our hearts no matter the monetary value of the gift, we receive contentment and the grace of peace.  It all boils down to Love.  As we read in 1 Corinthians 13:7, “Charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things.”

From the Opening Prayer for Mass:

“Father, keep before us the wisdom and love you have revealed in your Son.  Help us to be like him in word and deed, for his lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.”  God bless you.  SK

February 11, 2019 – Congratulations to Sister Hilda!  We are happy to announce from our Mother House that the nuns of Jamberoo Abbey ask you to please pray for Sr Hilda Scott who has been elected Abbess of their Benedictine community.

February 9, 2019 – Please welcome our new Novice, Sister Scholastica.  We celebrated the Rite for the Reception of the white veil at 5 pm, Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the St. Joseph Center.  The final prayer by Prioress Hilda: “Lord Jesus, now as always, you call disciples to follow you.  We pray for Sister Scholastica.  May the bond of our love support her, may she live this life with us in single-hearted love, in simplicity and in peace, and day by day recognize your call as expressing your love, for you live and reign forever.”

GREAT NEWS FROM THE MONASTERY OF CHRIST IN THE DESERT “On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, 12 December 2018, the monastic community of the Abbey of Christ in the Desert elected Dom Christian Leisy OSB as its new Abbot.   Abbot Christian succeeds the Right Reverend Philip Lawrence OSB, who had served as superior of Christ in the Desert for over 42 years.   Presiding over the election was the Right Reverend Guillermo Leon Arboleda Tamayo OSB, Abbot President of the international Subiaco Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine Monks, to which Congregation Christ in the Desert belongs.  After the election, Abbot President Guillermo installed Abbot Christian as the Abbot of Christ in the Desert.  Abbot Christian has been a monk of Christ in the Desert since 1977 and originally hails from Oregon.  Retiring Abbot Philip said, “I know that Abbot Christian will be a superlative superior of our community!”  Abbot Christian solicits the prayers of all of the friends of Christ in the Desert, that he may serve humbly and well as shepherd of the community.

The monks of the Benedictine Confederation offer their sincerest congratulations to Abbot Christian on the joyous news of his abbatial election, with assurance of prayers for God’s blessings upon him, the monastic community of Christ in the Desert, and all of their endeavors.  We also give thanks to God for Abbot Philip, for his many decades of devoted service to the Abbey of Christ in the Desert.”

Pope Francis Monthly Intention for February 2019:  For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

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.