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A message from Abbot Aidan,

Peace to you. During these uncertain times in which we find ourselves - there is one certainty that will never go away - and that is our Lord Jesus Christ. Our country, and the world have experienced a most difficult moment in history - who would have thought this would ever happen.

But the light at the end of the tunnel is that as I write this our country is beginning to open up so that we might all move forward with our lives - albeit that it will be different. But that's okay - will will be fine, we are resolute to carry on and re-shape our way of living. Especially when it is in 'communion' with one another, which is how Jesus would have us live. So, as the saying goes..."this too will pass".

According to the Rule of St Benedict, in the opening Prologue to the Rule, he reminds us of the importance of listening. This is certainly a challenge in our world today with all the busyness.

That's why its good to take some time away and go on retreat. Even if it's just for a few days, we will receive many benefits. And going away on retreat helps one discern what the Lord is calling us to do, particularly if one is discerning a vocation to religious life. But if we really open up our heart to the still voice of the Lord, we might hear him calling us to another way of living our lives.

Could you be called to live the monastic life and help me renew our community with life and spirit? Are you willing to follow the Lord like the first Disciples did? Are you willing to stretch yourself and be stretched by God? We live by, and follow, the Rule of St Benedict and the Constitutions of St Bernard Tolomei, the founder of our Congregation. Monastic life can be a challenge - but what isn't today. However the rewards are great - and those rewards come in mysterious ways, and they come from God.

Yes we are an older community of monks, but with life in us, and I invite you to 'come and look'.
Come and see how you can help me, support me and offer your gifts and talents to build us up.

It seems like such a long time ago now since I first set foot on the monastery property - so much has happened since then. And most of it has been a surprise to me, from a God who we know is often times full of surprises. "Not my will Lord, but yours". Letting go and allowing God in can be a great challenge, especially for some who are discerning a vocation. But the Lord is present, He will guide you and bring you to where He wants you to be.

Since I entered the monastery I have been challenged and tested, but through it all I have grown so much in myself, in my relationship with God and with my community. I entered just to be a monk, and now here I am the abbot! Who would have thought that - not me, I thought I was coming here for a quiet life as a monk, little did I know what the Lord had planned.

We need men who are ready to say their 'yes' to God and to allow His will to unfold for them, and for them to share their gifts and talents with us. Could you be one of those men?

We are situated on almost one thousand acres in the Pecos wilderness, with a lake, and the Pecos river that flows through our property. It truly is a beautiful spot, and God is present.

Are you willing to say yes to the Lord - if so please do contact me at 505 757 6415 ext: 102

May God bless you, and may He guide you,

Abbot Aidan, OSB oliv

Listen to the Instructions of the Lord