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JULY 10, 2022 – FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. Readings:  Dt 30: 10-14; Ps 69: 14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37; Col 1: 15-20; Lk 10: 25-37

(Painting by Harold Copping, Wikipedia) With this Gospel, the Christian is called to something more, which is to have the mind of Christ.  In this parable of Jesus, he is expressing to love God with our whole hearts and our neighbors as ourselves.  I always think about what urges me to love my neighbor.  Is it their need or is it a humanitarian act?  Or do I love my neighbor just to be loved in return?  What are my motives?  Then again, I ask, who is my neighbor?  In a monastery, all are neighbors not just the house next door!  God bless you.  SK

Fr. Anthony Phelps our Chaplain.  We are pleased that he will accompany us to provide religious, services, spiritual guidance, and counseling to our sisters.   –  Father Anthony makes soaps, which are produced with all natural vegetable oils and essential oils for fragrance.  NO HARSH CHEMICALS!  The fragrance options, information about the production process and purchasing information is available http://www.justplainolsoap.com

“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin! Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:2,7)

This is a recent icon of St. Francis written by Sister Elizabeth who was commissioned by a local family.

Pope Frances Prayer Intention for July 2022:   Elderly – We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.

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.