Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

I am that prodigal son (0)

January 22, 2017 • Category: Instruction

I am that prodigal son who took to himself his share of the inheritance, for I did not wish to preserve my strength for you and set out for a distant land, the region of unlikeness, behaving as one of the dumb beasts and made like them. There I squandered all I owned in riotous […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

There is a great natural gift within us (0)

Why should the soul not venture with confidence into the presence of him by whose image she sees herself honored, and in whose likeness she knows herself made glorious? Why should she fear a majesty when her very origin gives her ground for confidence? All she has to do is to take care to preserve […]


Br. Mark»

All of those I will meet today (0)

This is my best day. I live to serve you, God. I will pray for all of your children who will not get out of bed today because they died or they are sick, or they are sad. Please help me to be kind to and to love all of those who I meet today. […]


Church Fathers»

We must not count on ourselves (0)

If we knew at what time we were to depart from this world, we would be able to select a season for pleasure and another for repentance. But God, who has promised pardon to every repentant sinner, has not promised us tomorrow. Therefore we must always dread the final day, which we can never foresee. […]


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Pope skewers journalists who focus on scandal (0)

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2016 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis gave an interview to a Belgian magazine in which he cautioned media to avoid several major temptations, including the desire to always focus on scandal – which he compared to “coprophilia,” a mental illness in which a person has an abnormal interest in […]


Desert Wisdom»

The Meaning of Scripture (0)

One day some old men came to see Abba Anthony. In the midst of them was Abba Joseph. Wanting to test them, the old man suggested a text from the Scriptures, and, beginning with the youngest, he asked them what it meant. Each gave his opinion as he was able. But to each one the […]


Human Rights»

Responsible citizenship is a virtue (0)

“Both [major] candidates for president are seen as having such serious flaws as to lead some people to wonder if they can vote for either candidate of the two major parties or if they should skip voting in this year’s election. In the end, people must follow their consciences, but they should also take care […]



I am that prodigal son (0)

I am that prodigal son who took to himself his share of the inheritance, for I did not wish to preserve my strength for you and set out for a distant land, the region of unlikeness, behaving as one of the dumb beasts and made like them. There I squandered all I owned in riotous […]


Lectio Divina»

Pray Often and Read Often (0)

For those who practice it, the experience of lectio sacra sharpens perception, enriches understanding, rouses from sloth, banishes idleness, orders life, corrects bad habits, produces salutary weeping and draws tears from contrite hearts . . . curbs idle speech and vanity, awakens longing for Christ and the heavenly homeland. It must always be accompanied by […]


Liturgy of the Hours»

5 Reasons to Pray the Divine Office Daily (0)

If I were to ask someone, “what is the public prayer of the Church,” I would typically get the answer of the Rosary. While the Rosary is a great devotion, the Church names a different prayer the “public prayer of the church:” “The divine office, because it is the public prayer of the Church, is […]


Lives of Saints»

Sts. Maurus and Placid: Patrons of Oblates (0)

In the Benedictine tradition [January 15] is the feast of the young disciples of Saint Benedict, Maurus and Placid. The tradition holds that after the holy Benedict had established his twelve monasteries at Subiaco, noble Christians came from Rome, presenting their sons to be raised and educated among the monks. Not unusual given the state of […]


Living the Rule»

Soul’s memory (0)

Its memory long and deep, remembrance of things past abuses done when it was innocent; physical, mental, sexual, actions also committed the cycle continued, in a dark inner room hidden shivering in its dread of pain received and agony delivered awaiting it’s judgment feared. Crying out in its pain not understanding the why of it […]



Francis, Fatima and the End of the World (0)

Does the Holy Father know something we don’t? Aleteia. At the end of April it was confirmed that Pope Francis will travel to Fatima for the one hundredth anniversary of the Marian apparitions, and it is rumored that he will use the occasion to canonize the two youngest seers, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. This week, […]



Father Edmund McCaffrey, former Belmont abbot, dies at 83 (0)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Father Edmund McCaffrey, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston who was a former Benedictine monk and former abbot of Belmont Abbey, died Nov. 13, 2016. He died in Louisville, Ky., where he resided with the Little Sisters of the Poor. He was 83. A Mass of Christian Burial will be […]


Oblate Formation»

Do you look at those around you with Godly eyes, or tempted ones? (0)

The great Russian Orthodox monk and Metropolitan, Anthony Bloom, has left a wealth of wonderful spiritual reading — his book Beginning to Pray is one of those amazing, small books that has something worth underlining and taking to contemplation on every page — and his book Courage to Pray is a similarly illuminating, but brief, read. […]



True communication (0)

Where men live huddled together without true communication, there seems to be greater sharing, and a more genuine communion. But this is not communion, only immersion in the general meaninglessness of countless slogans and cliches repeated over and over again so that in the end one listens without hearing and responds without thinking. The constant […]


St Benedict»

Remembering Saint Benedict (0)

ROME, JUNE 11, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Nearly half a century has passed since the father of western monasticism, Saint Benedict, was declared patron protector of Europe. Throughout the Dark Ages of Europe following the fall of Rome, Scripture, patristic writings, classical literature, and scientific works that otherwise might have been forgotten or destroyed were kept safe […]


Work of God»

5 Prayers for 2017 you might have forgotten, or never heard of at all (0)

Classic prayers like the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and a handful of others from our youth are probably so deeply ingrained in our subconscious that it’s not hard to find ourselves turning to them now and then, particularly in a moment of emergency. These “typical” prayers are deeply powerful and undeniably helpful in […]