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TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, READINGS:  Is 53: 10-11; Ps 33: 4-5, 18-19, 20,22; Heb 4: 14-16; Mk 10: 35-45 – “Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  The words of Jesus are very striking but how can I be a slave to others?  The context is understood as been bound to help the other in need.  Also, Jesus is telling His disciples about His atoning death, proclaimed as our Savior.  “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”  God bless you and your families.  SK

 

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 OCTOBER 2021: Missionary Disciples – We pray that every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavor of the Gospel.

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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