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The Abbey: Taking the Next Step

The Norbertines first arrived in New Mexico in 1985 and by 1995 we purchased a full seventy acres of land and six buildings of a retreat center in Albuquerque’s South Valley. Since then our community has welcomed thousands of people at Santa Maria De La Vid Abbey to...

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Stephen Gaertner, O. Praem. Named Prior

Stephen Gaertner, O. Praem. became the second prior in the history of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey on June 1, 2018. In addition to serving as the prior of the abbey, Stephen teaches English and religion courses at Central New Mexico Community College. The Constitutions...

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Fourteenth Station: The Wise Men Come from the East

Fourteenth Station: The Wise Men Come from the East

The infancy narrative in Matthew's gospel has a different tone from that of the Gospel of Luke; it has many Jewish overtones to it. The visit from the wise men is a good reminder that Jesus came to save all people. In Luke's gospel we read about the humble shepherds...

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Thirteenth Station: The Blessing of Simeon

Thirteenth Station: The Blessing of Simeon

Although not included in this station, Anna also proclaimed the greatness of Jesus as the messiah. Both proclamations come from people recognizing the messiah in an infant. We are reminded the Jesus will come to us in many forms, and we are called to recognize him and...

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Twelfth Station: Presentation at the Temple

Twelfth Station: Presentation at the Temple

We continue with the infancy narrative from Luke’s gospel. The event described here was a legal requirement of Jewish law. The author combines two requirements, the purification ceremony after childbirth and the concentration of the first-born to the Lord.

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Eleventh Station: The Shepherds Share the Good News

Eleventh Station: The Shepherds Share the Good News

Earlier in this gospel account, the shepherds and said to be terrified at the appearance of the angels. It is now clear that the good news of the birth of the messiah has alleviated those fears as they go to be the first to pay homage to the newborn messiah.

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Tenth Station: Announcement of the Angels

Tenth Station: Announcement of the Angels

As is the tradition in the Gospel of Luke, the poor and oppressed are held up. In this story, only told in Luke’s gospel, the shepherds are the first to have the news proclaimed to them of the birth of the messiah. Most likely being nomads, it would be especially good...

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