March 17, 2019 – SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT. Readings Gn 15: 5-12, 17-18; Ps 27: 1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14; Phil 3: 17 to 4: 1; Lk 9: 28b-36

Transfiguration by Lodovico Carracci, 1594, depicting Elijah, Jesus, and Moses with the three apostles. (Wikipedia)

My week of transfiguration began for about three days when I spent the time at the Abbey of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pecos, NM.  For the meals, we went up the stairs, and I was in eye view of the high mountains.  Getting to the hermitage, where I was staying, I had to gradually go up a hill.  During my retreat the ground was covered with “dazzling white” snow.  High above sea level, the clouds were more visible as they moved and disappeared back and forth in the sky.   Plenty of rest and reflection!

It is believed that the Transfiguration site is on Mount Tabor.  I recently read that one can walk up 4,300 steps, that were built for the 4th Century pilgrims.  If it took that long to get up the mountain, I can understand why Peter, John, and James fell asleep on the mountain while Jesus “spoke” with Moses and Elijah.

This Sunday’s Gospel speaks about the “enthronement of Jesus,” shown to be the Messiah, the Christ, our glorious King, shown in the face of Jesus as becoming radiant and His clothes “dazzling white.”  Thank goodness Peter, John, and James, awaken and they see the glory of Jesus“While He was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened whey they entered the cloud.  Then the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to Him…”

We all have mountains to climb, mountains of grief, mountains of joy.  During Lent, let us “Listen,” to what God has to say to us, what others tell us.  Know that you are especially in our prayers during this Lenten season.  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.

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.”  The Abbatial Blessing is scheduled for March 25, 2019.  

Pope Francis Monthly Intention for March 2019:  Formation in Spiritual Discernment That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.

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.