September 19, 2021, TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Mass Readings: Wis 2: 12, 17-20; Ps 54: 3-4, 5, 6-8; Jas 3: 16 to 4: 3; Mk 9: 30-37 – “Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, ‘Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.’”

These last few sentences of today’s Gospel gives us reassurance about love.  Jesus says to his disciples that receiving a child is like receiving God.  Jesus identifies with children, who are innocent and pure.  I know that these days, children are so grown-up, but there is always such a clear and harmless manner about them.  Have you truly watched a child in his/her actions?  They are a blessing and can teach us to appreciate the gift of life.  God bless your week!  SK   


Picture taken during our Canonical Visitation July 12-15, 2021.  Note Mother Mary Elizabeth and Sister Ancilla, our Visitors.  Thank you for your prayers.  All went well during the Visitation and we got a positive report.  There are a few things we need to polish up, but we are very grateful.  

St. Joseph – 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.       

Pope Frances Prayer Intention for SEPTEMBER 2021: An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle – We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.

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 of a dependent monastery to a new independent 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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