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FEBRUARY 17, 2021 – ASH WEDNESDAY – Jl 2: 12-18; Ps 51: 3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14,17; 2Cor 5: 20 to 6: 2; Mt 6: 1-6, 16-18

Season of Lent by St. Leo the Great – What the Christian should be doing at all times should be done now with greater care and devotion, so that the Lenten fast…may be fulfilled, not simply by abstinence from food but above all by the renunciation of sin. – There is no more profitable practice as a companion to holy and spiritual fasting than that of almsgiving.  This embraces under the single name of mercy many excellent works of devotion, so that the good intentions of all the faithful may be of equal value, even where their means are not…The person who shows love and compassion to those in any kind of affliction, is blessed, not only with the virtue of good will but also with the gift of peace.  

May this Season of Lent bring us all an awareness of God’s love for us! God bless you and your loved ones.  SK

On the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dec. 8, 2020, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter, for the 150th      anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the universal Church. To mark the occasion, the pope proclaimed a year dedicated to Mary’s husband, Joseph, foster father to Jesus. The special “Year of St. Joseph” will be held through Dec. 8, 2021  Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. We place in you all our interests and desires.  Heal those who are sick with the Covid-19 virus. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist us by your powerful intercession, and obtain for us from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, and good health through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.  Having engaged here below your heavenly power, we may offer our thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. AMEN.    [Details of painting: By Bartolomé Esteban Murillo – https://emuseum.ringling.org/emuseum/objects/20684/saint-joseph-and-the-christ-child?ctx=d3e14140-9dd0-4319-babf-181345c50903&idx=1, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=84297244]                         

Pope Frances Prayer Intention for February 2021:  We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded.

From Vatican City, October 23, 2020, the Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert became independent.  We want to thank Father Phillip Lawrence, Mother Hilda Scott, Mother Mary Barnes, and Mother Benedicta Phillips, and all the sisters of Jamberoo Abbey, for their support in assisting us with this transfer to a new Monastery, working on this since 1990!  We will continue to learn more about Federations, Congregations, Constitutions, etc.  This is a big step in our history and thanks to God, for all the efforts of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life.  Please pray for us!

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.

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