Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.” – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

It has been way too long since we posted photos of the ‘latest goings on’ here at the Monastery!  So enjoy this little photo update of the month of November in review!

All Souls Day Mass – you can see the prayer intentions for our beloved departed in the basket near the amboP1120875

One morning we had a little friend visit the chapel – a ringtail! He perched atop a pipe above the Chapel door all day!ringtail

Fergus has been busy keeping warm and being cute and sniffing out the ringtailP1120945

Celebrating Sr. Marie St. Paul’s bday on November 19th – with Sr. Augusta’s now famous almond croissants!

Ya, just another day in the desert! “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down…” (Is 64:1)Ya, just another day in the desert! "Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down..." (Is 64:1)

Our turkey…our really big turkey…our really big turkey that we are still eating the leftovers…our really big turkey that we may still be eating leftover at Christmas!

These turkeys are great decorators!

This turkey was such a cheese ball!

First Sunday of Advent!  Come Lord Jesus!  Happy New Year 🙂image5

Celebrating Sr. Marie Andre’s Feast Day on November 30th! Happy St. Andrew Day!! Fergus is celebrating too, as St. Andrew is the patron of Scotland and that is his homeland afterall! (You’ll notice he made the “Nice List” this year!)IMG_2709