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May 15, 2022 – 5th SUNDAY OF EASTER – Acts 14: 21-27; Ps 145: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13; Rv 21: 1-5a; Jn 13: 31-33a 34-35:  When I entered the monastery, I thought everyone was likable and that loving another sister was easy!  Not so because we come from different backgrounds, we have different cultures and customs and personalities and levels of spirituality.  But the Gospel for today in Verses 34 and 35, Jesus is telling us, “I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you.  It is by your love for one another, that everyone will recognize you as my disciples.”  But sure, I love Jesus Christ, but do I love others, especially those who challenge my love?  Do I see Christ in the other person?  How do I show gratitude in loving others?   With God’s grace, we can step into loving others in a peaceful and healthy way.  God bless you!  SK

Please welcome 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 May 2022:   Faith-Filled Young People – 
We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

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.