September 2017 – NEWSLETTER                                                                               Dear Friends,

“Let us then pursue what leads to peace and to building up one another.”  In this quote from Romans 14, verse 19, we internalize ways of being in harmony with the other, trying to see the good in the other, seeing the ways that we can help the other.   

We give thanks to God for all His graces and gifts, and ask Our Lord to continue giving you peace and good health.  We appreciate all the prayer requests that come through our website.

St. Rose of Lima Fiesta, August 20, 2017 – Sister Mercy and Sister Kateri went to the Fiesta Mass, followed by a beautiful procession, lunch, auction, various activities, and a special Raffle drawing (proceeds going to our monastery).  We are grateful to Father Jim Walker, retired Pastor, and all the parishioners of St. Mary and St. Rose of Lima Parishes, who kindly sponsored the Raffle: “Northeast Shrines and Canada Tour Package for two, October 9-17, 2017, a nine-day North American tour from Washington, D.C, to Montreal and Toronto, then to Niagra Falls…”   The winner of the Raffle went to someone in La Vita, New Mexico.   Thank you for all who participated!  They raised a total of $7,213.00.  We hope to put up a porch in the St. Walburga modular building.

August 16, 2017, Sister Mary Fisher drove to Albuquerque, to pick up our Chaplain, Father Jeffrey Steele, traveling from St. Benedict’s Abbey, in South Africa.  We are happy to welcome him again, as he was with us before from April-June 2016.  He recently had a bout with vertigo, but he is doing much better.

On July 10, 2017, we formally received Sister Mercy Hoang, into the Novitiate, for one year of canonical study.  We opened the celebration with a prayer to St. Benedict.  Sister Mercy received the white veil and we asked for the mercy of God in the sharing of our monastic way of life.  – Prioress Hilda had surgery to remove the fibroid tumors, July 5th.  She is progressing very well, but still needs to rest often.  God willing, she will visit her family in Guatemala, in November.  According to our Customary, the sisters can visit their families for one month every three years.  – Sister Benedicta is currently doing much better with medication to help stabilize her condition; the sisters take turns in helping her with appointments, medications, etc.  – We ask your prayers for Sister Julianne who will have out-patient surgery to correct the carpel tunnel syndrome of her right wrist.  In October, she will be giving a workshop to some of the parishioners of St. Mary’s Parish, Farmington, NM. – Sister Mary will be doing a private retreat for eight days at the St. Andrews Abbey, in Valyermo, California.  From August 13-23, 2017, Sister Stephen Phiri had the opportunity of being a guest of the St. Walburga Abbey, Virginia Dale, Colorado, for about one week, learning more about lectio divina and the Divine Office. We appreciate all the efforts of Mother Maria-Michael, OSB, Sister Ancilla, and all the members of the community to make this happen.  – The rest of the sisters are doing fine, living the day-to-day monastic schedule.

If you have any special prayer requests, please let us know.  We ask for your prayers, as the sisters will be on their yearly retreat, the first week of October.  May Our Lord bless you and your loved ones, and we especially pray for all students as they have begun their new school terms.  God bless you!

September 17, 2017 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sir 27: 33 to 28: 9; Ps 103: 1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12; Rom 14: 7-9; Mt 18: 21-35

Can you believe we have 10 more Sundays of Ordinary time, before Christ the King and then Advent?

In today’s readings, especially the second reading, we are reminded that we do not live for ourselves, but live for the Lord.  One way that I must be mindful of this is the way I forgive.  As my mom used to tell me, “Do you forgive and forget?”  Hm…That is one area that I am still working on.  – If Christ forgives us, how ready am I to forgive others in those little things that irritate me, those things that break trust. The list can go on and on, but let us try to forgive from the heart as noted in the Gospel.  Forgiveness brings inner peace.                                   God bless you!  SK

Father Stanley Rother, the Oklahoma-born martyr who served as a priest in Guatemala, will be beatified in Oklahoma City on September 23, 2017.  Read more about Father Stanley from the Catholic News Agency.  

The Holy Father’s prayer intentions for September 2017:
Evangelization: Parishes. That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is
communicated and charity is seen.  

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.