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December 4, 2023: Please RSVP for our liturgy on 12/10 and more good news!

Monday, December 4, 2023: Please RSVP for our liturgy this Sunday -- December 10th... and more good news!



Marcie and Alice, our celebrants are planning something special for this Sunday's liturgy. And they'd appreciate it very much if we RSVP via text, email or phone call so they can get a count of folks who will attend. If you do call and they don't answer please leave a message and RSVP.


RSVP to Alice:

Alice's Phone: (707) 217-0514


RSVP to Marcie:

Email: marciedahlen@me.com

Marcie's Phone: (303) 330-2804


Saturday December 9, 2023

11am Pacific/ 12pm Mountain/ 1pm Central/ 2pm Eastern time

Merton and his writings in light of the Advent themes of peace,

prayer, hope, and repentance


From John Dear:

Dear friends, Advent blessings of peace to you!

Advent is here and just in time. We all need a little advent, right this very minute, to paraphrase the Christmas song. Advent invites us to stop, take a deep breath, turn to the God of peace, surrender ourselves, and start all over again as we prepare ourselves for the coming of the nonviolent Jesus in our hearts and lives. At the birth of the nonviolent Jesus, the angels sang to the poor of ancient Palestine about the coming of “peace on earth,” so Advent is time to do our part to welcome the Christmas gift of peace on earth. Humanity keeps rejecting this gift, but you and I want to be people who accept the Christmas gift of peace and pledge to live the rest of our lives in Jesus’ spirit of universal love and total nonviolence.


I’ve always considered Thomas Merton’s monastic life as one long advent, given the mystery of his entering the Abbey of Gethsemani monastery on Dec. 10, 1941 (three days after Pearl Harbor) and dying on Dec. 10, 1968, at the end of that terrible year. He called us to turn our backs on the culture of war, racism, greed and fear, and turn toward the God of peace in contemplative prayer and in Christ’s gift of peace and reconciliation.


Thomas Merton

That’s why I’m excited to listen to my friend Jonathan Montaldo reflect with us on Merton and his writings in light of the Advent themes of peace, prayer, hope, and repentance. He’s one of the most insightful, knowledgeable Merton scholars around, and always points us deeper into prayer and God as Merton would want. At this moment as Israel bombs Gaza, the COP 28 climate change meeting takes place in UAE, the electoral politics and divisions continue to boil over, and so many are suffering around the world. Advent offers new healing and hope if we attend to it as contemplatives of peace. Merton is our perfect teacher, and so is Jonathan. Join us!


To register, visit www.beatitudescenter.org


The program will begin 11am Pacific/ 12pm Mountain/ 1pm Central/ 2pm Eastern time. You will receive the zoom link a few days beforehand, so be on the lookout!, and a recording link afterwards. If you have questions, email Kassandra at beatitudescentermb@gmail.com.


Scholarships are available.

11am Pacific/ 12pm Mountain/ 1pm Central/ 2pm Eastern time


See you then!-- Fr. John


PS. My new book, The Gospel of Peace: Reading Matthew, Mark, and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence, has just gone into a second printing after a month. Please consider giving a few copies as Christmas presents, especially to your priest or minister. Call Orbis Books at 1-800-258-5838 or go to orbisbooks.com and use code “JDT” to get the discount.


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