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April 2021 E-Newsletter

March 2021
It has been over a year now since COVID-19 led to the world’s sudden and prolonged shut down. This past year has been a journey of challenges, causing us to see anew the world around us as we have never seen before. We have often felt isolated, but Saint Benedict reminds us that a journey is not taken alone. God is with us, and we are with each other: “See how God’s love shows us the way of life” (Rule, Prologue: 20). “Prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life” (Rule, Chapter 72: 11-12).
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March 2021 E-Newsletter

February 2021
The Rule of St. Benedict makes reference to the observance of Lent in Chapter 49. This chapter begins instructing the monastic that our life is to be a continuous Lent throughout the year. St. Benedict expects the monastic to curtail from too much food, idle talk (oops, I am in trouble here), and any other distraction that would be on the peripheral of preparing for the Holy Season of Easter. St. Benedict also expects joy during Lent, the joy of devoting more time for private prayer and doing charity work that can help us prepare for the coming Easter joy.
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February 2021 E-Newsletter

January 2021
As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of St. Scholastica on Feb 10, I recall how St. Scholastica prayed with tears when she offered her prayer to God – asking God to do something, ANYTHING to allow her to spend more time with her brother Benedict, knowing that it might be the last time she would see him. The need for prayer at this time in history is so great: for relief from the pandemic, for peace in our country and the world, and for all who are hungry and homeless. At the Monastery, we hold you, our friends in our daily prayers. We also appreciate your prayers for us!
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January 2021 E-Newsletter

December 2020
It is our joy to connect with you in welcoming the New Year, a chance to pause from the unprecedented and unexpected challenges of 2020. Know that at the Monastery, you occupy a place in our daily conversations and at our Liturgy of the Hours, often by name. We share your longing for assurance that in 2021 things will be good for us all and for all our families. In our partnership of prayer and hospitality, we treasure the model of resiliency we find in one another.
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