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Property update

We have been posting on our FACEBOOK page for the past few months. 


Headway has been made with regards to the mountain property and a property in the lower valley which is already configured for an assisted living facility.


We have had a counter offer on both properties.  The property in the high country is just a bit over ten acres.  I love to garden and that ten acres has plenty of space for a garden!  HA!!!  The property in the lower valley is just under on acre.  It has a private well and is actually located in the county and not the city, another plus.


Please do keep these in your prayers on our behalf.


Love, What does It require of us?

What does love require? 

       The face of Jesus cradled in the hand of Mary is an icon of the unity that bonds souls in times of shared pain. There is a oneness here that is above and beyond the biology of birth. There is no distance here, only a melding of hearts that is beyond anything merely physical. Now, he knows, they are bearing together the beginning of a whole new world. The fourth station of the cross teaches us the freedom that comes with real love. Jesus and Mary meet under the worst of circumstances. He has become an enemy of the state, an outcast from the synagogue. 

She is a widow left alone in a male world without the sustenance of her only son and no visible means of support. Both of them, in a way, are condemned to death. But she does not beg him to change his life for her sake, she does not spend herself in self-pity and he does not tailor his life given for others to give only to her. At first, the reality of that jars the soul a bit. Shouldn’t he live his life to please her? Shouldn’t she demand from him his conversion to the ways of the world around him, for his sake, of course, but for hers, as well? Isn’t that what good sons, good parents, good friends, good lovers do? 

The answer is yes only if we believe that our children belong more to us than to God and only if we believe that anyone—our teachers, our parents, the people we love in life—has more claim on our souls than God does. The answer is yes only if we think that love requires molding a person to ourselves rather than changing ourselves, giving ourselves, so the good of the other is realized. In this case mother and son love one another enough to respect the place of God in both their lives.                                                                        

A New Year - A Year for New Found Friends

We are pleased to announce our establishing a formal relationship with our brothers and sisters in the Northumbria Community.  Fr. Vincent and I will make our way to visit the community in late summer, before Fall.

The Rule of Northumbria is one of simplicity which encompasses the teachings of Christ in totality.  


Our Rule of Life



‘The Rule we embrace and keep will be that of AVAILABILITY and VULNERABILITY.

We are called to be AVAILABLE to God and to others:

Firstly to be available to God in the cell of our own heart when we can be turned towards Him, and seek His face; then to be available to others in a call to exercise hospitality, recognizing that in welcoming others we honor and welcome the Christ Himself; then to be available to others through participation in His care and concern for them, by praying and interceding for their situations in the power of the Holy Spirit; then to be available for participation in mission of various kinds according to the calling and initiatives of the Spirit.

We are called to intentional, deliberate VULNERABILITY:

We embrace the vulnerability of being teachable expressed in: a discipline of prayer; in exposure to Scripture; a willingness to be accountable to others in ordering our ways and our heart in order to effect change.
We embrace the responsibility of taking the heretical imperative: by speaking out when necessary or asking awkward questions that will often upset the status quo; by making relationships the priority, and not reputation.
We embrace the challenge to live as church without walls, living openly amongst unbelievers and other believers in a way that the life of God in ours can be seen, challenged or questioned. This will involve us building friendships outside our Christian ghettos or club-mentality, not with ulterior evangelistic motives, but because we genuinely care.
 
Our Rule of Life is at the heart of who we are.:

A Rule of life is absolutely essential to any monastic life. It says ‘this is who we are, this is our story’; and it reminds us of those things God has put on our hearts, calling us back to our foundations. The idea of a Rule of life developed in Christian monastic communities, and indeed, monasteries and convents today still function under a Rule, the best-known of which is that of St Benedict, dating from the 6th century. Monastic stability is based on accountability to the Rule of life; it serves as a framework for freedom – not as a set of rules that restrict or deny life, but as a way of living out our vocation alone and together. It is rooted in Scripture, pointing always to Christ; and, in the words of St Benedict, it is ‘simply a handbook to make the very radical demands of the gospel a practical reality in daily life.’














 

Treasures in Heaven; or, that other place

“The monastic tradition has always known about finding God in the daily and the ordinary, so it should not really surprise us that in recent years the monastic vision has escaped the cloister and become the property of many lay people who find that it brings them a down-to-earth refreshment of spirit which sadly they often fail to find in the institutional Church. People are waking up to hear the call of the monastery bell – and if we think of that as the bell for the first Office of the day, which is Vigils, then we are given the further image of a wake-up call, a call to become vigilant, alert, fully awake, fully alive.” ― Esther de Waal, Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness


“Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants.”
Esther de Waal

From the first to the last, each book of the Bible; both Old and New Testaments, teaches that we are not to be caught up in amassing wealth, anything beyond a basic need in this life, anything more than the needs for a basic living is a want.  Oddly, it has been calculated that 68% of the world's income is generated by a group of people who call themselves Christians; yet, only 3% of that makes its way into a church and an even smaller per cent to world missions.

"Can we claim not to love wealth more than our brothers and sisters in Christ when we see them hurting and do not sacrifice what should matter to us less than their need? While many of us pursue status symbols that television suggests are "necessities," evangelical ministries to the poor claim that forty thousand people die of starvation and malnutrition daily. That means roughly twenty-seven a minute, twenty of whom are children under five years old. (This represents a loss of life roughly equivalent to the first atom bomb being dropped again-every three days.) Wherever possible, people should earn their own wages and not become dependent on charity. But children under five cannot "pull themselves up by their bootstraps," nor can our brothers and sisters in drought- and famine-stricken areas. Those who say, "For the sake of everyone it is better to let the weak die off," are social Darwinists, not Christians; Christians are called to serve the weak.

The world's need is overwhelming, but if as individuals we calculate what resources we do not need and contribute them to ministries like World Vision and Food for the Hungry, we can at least do our part to make a difference in the world, trusting that God will raise up others to join us. One wonders, too, what a witness it would be among the world's poor who are not Christians if they saw that wealthier Christians cared more about the poor than about their own affluence."   ----   The IVP New Testament Commentary Series  "Seek Treasure in Heaven"








Interior "Our Lady of the Mountains" Edgewood, New Mexico

Tonight we have the interior of the property to share with you.  The building is almost 1600 sq. ft.  We offered $70000, which was accepted by the bank.  The loan is guaranteed at 100% with no down payment required.

Here we will offer retreats with the likes of Esther de Waal and Sr. Joan Chittister, Dr. Heyward Ewart each with a different focus.  For instance, Esther de Waal, the foremost expert on Benedictine history and life and how the teachings of St. Benedict can be applied to our daily living in this life as we prepare for the life to come.  

The City of Edgewood, NM has the largest foot print of any subdivision of state government, an even greater footprint than Rio Rancho or Albuquerque.  The rub is Edgewood will never have a downtown district, it will never have high rise buildings, it will never be laid out; say, like Durango, Colorado, which is of comparable size with a large footprint. And, that is a good thing.  Every need one could imagine is provided for.  The city will work with us on the happening of each holiday related to our military men and women, such as victory in Europe, Victory in Japan, Veteran's Day, and so on.  At each holiday we will hold an event.  

The icing on the cake is our commitment to seeing the community develop as an ecumenical community as is the community in Taize, France.  Just as all who call on His name are heard by Him without prejudice, in totally and completely unconditional love.  



Our Lady of the Mountains
Our Lady of the Mountains
Living room; dining room
Our Lady of the Mountains
Our Lady of the Mountains
Living Room and fireplace
Our Lady of the Mountains
Our Lady of the Mountains
Kitchen
Our Lady of the Mountains
Our Lady of the Mountains
West side of house through hardwood forest and trees




Our Lady of the Mountains

Here are the exterior photos of "Our Lady of the Mountains" in the Sandia mountain range of the Rocky Mts.  Here we will offer retreats with the likes of Esther de Waal, Sister Joan Chittister, Dr. Heyward Ewart, Ph.D. (specialist in spousal abuse, men or women); and Max Lucado, to name but a few.  Retreats will be offered at various times of the year along participants the chance to connect with one another as we pray and reflect together.  The community is ecuminical and, as such, all teachings and events will be ecuminical as well.  

While the assisted living facility in Albuquerque will house homeless veterans, most with six months in which to live, or less; we will work with the City of Edgewood, New Mexico to establish events specific to veterans on each of the holidays specific to our veterans.  

As we move forward and the mission continues to develop a momentum of its own, we plan on offering a bed and breakfast experience with three meals a day, not just breakfast.  In times of winter storms when all roads are shut down and people are stranded, we will work with the City of Edgewood and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to help care for as many as we are able, until the interstates are opened again.  There are times when all roads were closed for ten days.  

So, here we go with the photos of the outside, tomorrow we will post the inside:




Our Lady of the Mountains
Our Lady of the Mountains
West side
Our Lady of the Mountains
Our Lady of the Mountains
Juniper Forest
Our Lady of the Mountains
Our Lady of the Mountains
Juniper Forest and Our Lady
Our Lady of the Mountains
Our Lady of the Mountains
East side

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free

For well over 180 years the United States government, from the Executive Office down to the likes of Judge Roy Bean on the border with Mexico, have attempted a cruel experiment, an experiment as cruel today as it was yesterday.  That experiment is called assimilation into the White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant myth. 

A government, allowed by the people, to commit horrible crimes which would never have taken place in a lily white world.  The attempt to force the First Nations of this continent to give up their culture, their belief systems, their language; in effect, to become something other than what they were, not only was; but, is a miserable flop. 

Now, that thinking is winding its way back into the WASP culture of these United States of America.  All who support this horror are following in the footsteps of a few very famous; more infamous, personages.  This is the same tactic used by the National Socialist German Workers Party, aka NAZIS. 

The fact that a society based on the premise that all cultures are important, all cultures are welcome give rise to a plaque found at the Statue of Liberty: 

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Emma Lazarus

Nowhere on the North American continent is this statement more true than with, and in, the sovereign dominion of Canada, a democracy which outshines all others with respect to immigration.    The people of the Great White North, and her government, are a shining beacon to the free world as to how a nation must handle immigration issues. 




Edgewood, New Mexico Property

The house is four bedrooms with two and a half baths.  There is a garden spot at the rear.  There is a commercial well in the SW corner of the property.  This means the property is zoned for commercial use, another plus.  Here we have plenty of room for growth with the three acres which comes with the house.  As the property is zoned for commercial use, due to the commercial well, in the future there is the possibility to develop an assisted living facility in Edgewood.  There is one other nonprofit, BEEHIVE, which has three residential style properties, situated on one acre, not more than a mile, as the crow flies, from this property:


6A Robyn Court
















 




East side









Fireplace














Kitchen











Front











Commercial Water Well
















Land facing West













Property facing west in front yard





WE DID IT!!!!

Today was a major event for Emmaus House, and the Order of Saint Patrick.   Today, we made an offer on a three acre property in Edgewood, New Mexico.  The house has four bedrooms and two and a half baths.  The fireplace in the living room is sure to get plenty of use this coming winter.

The property has a commercial water well.  We should be able to either sell off the water rights; or, in the alternative, sell water to a water bank.  As luck would have it, a professor at UNM actually has a water bank up and running.  And, in the Artesia; Carlsbad; Hobbs area there are at least two other water banks. 

We are asking God to help make that commercial water well a viable income for us.  And, we also ask that you please offer prayers on our behalf. 

More:

We are also making an offer on the property in Old Town, Albuquerque's tourist trap, this week.  We are submitting to the owner.  If the owner does not accept the offer; the city will declare it an attractive nuisance and then turn the property over to us and send our offer on to the owner, whether  he likes it or not.  This house was used to manufacture Meth making it necessary to demolish almost 90% of the existing structure.  It is here we will care for our homeless veterans, most of whom will have only six months to live, 

Please do keep us in your prayers as we pray for you.




Decisions, Decisions and - One of the three in the running

This property has one and a half acre with it.  The carport can be converted to a bedroom and office space.  The fireplace is to die for.  This is a frame dwelling, not a manufactured home.  It is one of the three from which we will choose.




West side, fenceFire Place and Living AreaCarport-will become bedroom and officeKitchen
Master bedroomWest side
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