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Rafael (1483-1520) "Deutsch: Petri Fischzug"

Rafael (1483-1520) “Deutsch: Petri Fischzug”

Jonah 3:1-5,10 •  Psalm 25:4-9 • 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 •  Mark 1:14-20

“As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.
He walked along a little farther
and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They too were in a boat mending their nets.
Then he called them.
So they left their father Zebedee in the boat
along with the hired men and followed him.”

Its not so much what we have done that defines us or the challenges and experiences, but its about being willing to leave those things behind and follow Our Lord today.   We learn from our past; however, and ask Jesus to stay with us.  He asks us daily, “Come follow me.”   – We are in the cold days of winter, but there is beauty even in the desert.  Please know that we pray for you daily and ask Our Lord to give you peace.  SK

December 27, 2014 – St. John Apostle and Evangelist Liturgy

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Ceremony of First Profession of Sister Agnes Le Doan, OSB

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Please join us in thanksgiving as we celebrated the First Profession of Sister Agnes Le today.  She made her commitment this morning during the celebration of Mass and received the black veil.  According to the Rule of St. Benedict, the Novice writes her document of Profession and lays it on the altar.  Just as the holy sacrifice of Jesus’ Body and Blood is offered on the altar, so the whole life of Sister Agnes Le is offered to God.  We were delighted to welcome Abbot Philip as our Celebrant and some of the other monks of Christ in the Desert, to help with the singing.  An extra blessing was the presence of Sister Agnes Le’s children who participated in the readings of the Mass and Prayer Intentions.  Congratulations, Sister Agnes Le!  (Just click on the picture to get a larger display.)

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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.