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August 2, 2015 – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 •  Psalm 78:3-4,23-25,54 •  Ephesians 4:17,20-24 • John 6:24-35

“For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”bread

This Sunday’s Gospel reminds me of what nourishes us physically and spiritually.  Food for eating and food for life.  What is life without God?

We can find special spiritual food in the Bible, the word of God.  With today’s technology, one can get FREE Bible downloads for IPhone, Tablet and/or laptop.  There are different versions of the word, but it all gives spiritual nourishment to our lives.  In most parishes they offer Bible study.  For me it is helpful to memorize a word or a phrase in the morning.  This helps nourish me throughout the day.

Then, I try to remember that God’s presence from heaven is also in the Holy Eucharist, which also sustains us and gives us life.  At the monastery, we are grateful to have mass daily most of the time.

As people we can also be bread of life to each other by the food of support and love.  For most of us, there is always someone to comfort us, someone who listens to us, and someone who supports us.  We have to trust to receive the gift of life and the gift of renewal, which happens to us each day as we unfold a new way of grace.   God bless you and your families always.  You are in our prayers.   SK

CONSECRATED LIFE –  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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From the Catechism of the Catholic Church on Religious Life:         925. Religious life was born in the East during the first centuries of Christianity. Lived within institutes canonically erected by the Church, it is distinguished from other forms of consecrated life by its liturgical character, public profession of the evangelical counsels, fraternal life led in common, and witness given to the union of Christ with the Church.
926. Religious life derives from the mystery of the Church. It is a gift she has received from her Lord, a gift she offers as a stable way of life to the faithful called by God to profess the counsels. Thus, the Church can both show forth Christ and acknowledge herself to be the Savior’s bride. Religious life in its various forms is called to signify the very charity of God in the language of our time.
927. All religious, whether exempt or not, take their place among the collaborators of the diocesan bishop in his pastoral duty. From the outset of the work of evangelization, the missionary “planting” and expansion of the Church require the presence of the religious life in all its forms. “History witnesses to the outstanding service rendered by religious families in the propagation of the faith and in the formation of new Churches: from the ancient monastic institutions to the medieval orders, all the way to the more recent congregations.”

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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.