Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Holy Thursday: The meal (0)

April 17, 2014 • Category: Br. Mark, Poetry

So simple bread and wine the common food of common people, so everyday, yet a staple needed for life. He took the bread, broke it, the wine also in its simple cup, saying, this is my body, broken for you for the remission of sin and blood, eat in remembrance of what I am about […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

My soul find what you were seeking (Comments Off)

My soul, say to God: ‘Who are you, Lord, that I may know you?’ You alone are what you are and who you are, that is, that than which nothing greater can be thought, nor anything better, nor more joyful. You are life, wisdom, light, truth, goodness, eternity, the one whom all need that they […]


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Holy Thursday: The meal (0)

So simple bread and wine the common food of common people, so everyday, yet a staple needed for life. He took the bread, broke it, the wine also in its simple cup, saying, this is my body, broken for you for the remission of sin and blood, eat in remembrance of what I am about […]


Church Fathers»

Divine humility alone can lift you up (Comments Off)

With what words shall we bless the love of God and how can we express our thanks? He has loved us so much that for our sake He, who is eternal and older than the universe itself, has become younger than most of his servants in the world! Like an infant, he cried speechlessly, even […]


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Sinners, yes, traitors no! (Comments Off)

Vatican City, February 06, 2014 (Zenit.org) — During morning Mass today, Pope Francis reflected on the death of King David, inviting the faithful to ask for three graces: to die within the Church, to die with hope and to leave an inheritance of Christian witness. Regarding the first of these graces, the Holy Father said […]


Desert Wisdom»

Patience and Charity (Comments Off)

Going to town one day to sell some small articles, Abba Agathon met a cripple on the roadside, paralyzed in his legs, who asked him where he was going. Abba Agathon replied, ‘To town, to sell some things.’ The other said, ‘Do me the favor of carrying me there.’ So he carried him to the […]



Thou hast mercy upon all, O Lord (Comments Off)

There is confidence everywhere in Ash Wednesday, yet that does not mean unmixed and untroubled security. The confidence of the Christian is always a confidence in spite of darkness and risk, in the presence of peril, with every evidence of possible disaster. Let us emend for the better in those things in which we have […]


Lectio Divina»

Six Great Mysteries of the Bible (Comments Off)

The Old Testament answers some of the greatest questions of all time—where did we come from? Why do we desire the good yet do evil? Why do our souls yearn for eternity while our bodies yield to death and decay? Yet, the Hebrew Scriptures leave so many other tantalizing questions unanswered. These mysteries have nagged […]


Liturgy of the Hours»

Psalm 49(48):1-13: In his riches, man lacks wisdom! (Comments Off)

1. Our meditation on Psalm 49[48] will be divided into two parts, just as it is proposed on two separate occasions by the Liturgy of Vespers. We will now comment in detail on the first part in which it is hardship that inspires reflection, as in Psalm 72[71]. The just man must face “evil days” […]


Lives of Saints»

St. Scholastica (Comments Off)

CNA: On Feb. 10, the Catholic Church remembers St. Scholastica, a nun who was the twin sister of St. Benedict, the “father of monasticism” in Western Europe. The siblings were born around 480 to a Roman noble family in Nursia, Italy. Scholastica seems to have devoted herself to God from her earliest youth, as the […]


Living the Rule»

Satan uses fear of death as ‘door of entry’ (Comments Off)

(On) Feast of the Presentation there was an excerpt from the Letter to the Hebrews which describes our most basic and primal fear. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the very source of our bondage: The Fear of Death But I am not convinced that many of us understand the […]



The Annunciation (0)

8. Mary is definitively introduced into the mystery of Christ through this event: the Annunciation by the angel. This takes place at Nazareth, within the concrete circumstances of the history of Israel, the people which first received God’s promises. The divine messenger says to the Virgin: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” […]



Feast of Mary, Help of Christians (Comments Off)

This feast celebrating Belmont Abbey’s Patron Saint has a recent modern origin, though it stems from the same roots of turmoil, trial, and thanksgiving as have many other titles and feasts of our Lady. The tradition of this advocation goes back to 1571, when  the whole of Christendom was saved by Mary Help of Christians […]


Oblate Formation»

Believers are called to follow Christ in the “desert” (Comments Off)

1. Last Wednesday, with the rite of the imposition of ashes, we entered Lent, a penitential journey of preparation for Easter, an occasion for all the baptized to renew the spirit of faith and to reinforce their commitment of evangelical consistency. As today’s Gospel suggests (Mk 1,12-15), during the 40 days of Lent, believers are […]



Analyzing the nature of good? (Comments Off)

The more one seeks “the good” outside oneself as something to be acquired, the more one is faced with the necessity of discussing, studying, understanding, analyzing the nature of the good. The more, therefore, one becomes involved in abstractions and in the confusion of divergent opinions. The more “the good” is objectively analyzed, the more […]


St Benedict»

Benedict: Patriarch of Western Monasticism (Comments Off)

Like a star in the darkness of night, Benedict of Nursia brilliantly shines, a glory not only to Italy but of the whole Church. Whoever considers his celebrated life and studies in the light of the truth of history, the gloomy and stormy times in which he lived, will without doubt realize the truth of […]


Work of God»

The Litany of Humility (0)

The litany of humility, for private devotions, is a moving prayer that can bring us closer to Christ. Do you worry constantly about what others think of you? Do you feel empty or frustrated if you’re not the center of attention? The litany of humility asks for our Lord’s assistance in humbly following in His […]