Dear Friends and Benefactors,
Peace to you. I hope you all enjoyed Christmas, which as we know does not end at midnight on Christmas Day, but is celebrated by the Church for 8 days, known as the Christmas Octave. We had a wonderful celebration here at the Abbey and I enjoyed so much handing out gifts to the children who were at mass on Christmas Day. It seems perhaps I have started another tradition, and just maybe the Easter bunny will come for them to!
Now we find ourselves in Ordinary Time... for a few more weeks at least before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of our Lenten observance. Lent is a time to prepare ourselves for the celebration of the mystery of the triumph of the cross. But for now, we still wear green.
We are gearing up for our retreat season. Last week we had our first large group from St Michael's High School in Santa Fe and they seemed to have had a good retreat. We're thankful that it didn't snow too much while they were here. I pray the Lord will bless us with a good season this year, building on the past few years as we strive to make necessary improvements in the guest areas.
I travelled to our monastery in Arizona and it was good to be there and share some fraternal time with the community. Unfortunately the weather was not as warm as I thought it would be, but it was still a pleasant trip. Southwest Airlines brought me there and back safely!
I will be attending a four day Superiors Workshop in a few weeks, it will be my first occasion to be around other Superiors since becoming Abbot. Please pray for me!
Thank you for your continued support in so many ways, may the Lord reward you for all you do for us.
In Christ, Abbot Aidan, OSB oliv