Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

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September 21, 2014 • Category: Br. Mark

Tiny choices bear far flung fruit, the seeds germinate each in their own time, waiting for abundance of whatever sort to come forth. Some fruit sweet to the taste, others bitter, then there are those which are poison, spreading pain, death and fear. Often planted deep, hidden, for generations, when its growth suddenly hits the […]

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What is God? (0)

(Read this as Lectio — it cannot be read quickly without reflection.) What is God? That without which nothing exists. Just as nothing can exist without him, so he cannot exist without himself: he exists for himself, he exists for all, and consequently in some way he alone exists who is his own existence and […]

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Tiny choices bear far flung fruit, the seeds germinate each in their own time, waiting for abundance of whatever sort to come forth. Some fruit sweet to the taste, others bitter, then there are those which are poison, spreading pain, death and fear. Often planted deep, hidden, for generations, when its growth suddenly hits the […]

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Church Fathers»

Late have I loved you . . . (0)

O Eternal truth, true love and beloved eternity. You are my God. To you do I sigh day and night. When I first came to know you, you drew me to yourself so that I might see that there were things for me to see, but that I myself was not yet ready to see […]

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Church News & Info»

Cardinal Dolan: Ukraine ‘flowing with blood,’ America must speak up (0)

New York City, N.Y., Sep 17, 2014 / 01:51 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has urged U.S. Catholics to listen to the “chilling” pleas of Greek-Catholic bishops who say Ukraine is “flowing with blood” due to the Russian military’s actions.During the Cold War, Cardinal Dolan said, “Catholics in the United States were […]

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Desert Wisdom»

Love of neighbor (0)

Three old men, of whom one had a bad reputation, came one day to Abba Achilles. The first asked him, ‘Father, make me a fishing-net.’ ‘I will not make you one,’ he replied. Then the second said, ‘Of your charity make one, so that we may have a souvenir of you in the monastery.’ But […]

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Instruction»

Technology and it’s threat to Society (1)

If technology really represented the rule of reason, there would be much less to regret about our present situation.  Actually, technology represents the rule of quantity, not the rule of reason (quality=value=relation of means to authentic human ends).  It is by means of technology that man the person, the subject of qualified and perfectible freedom, becomes quantified, […]

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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 […]

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Liturgy of the Hours»

Find Your Place in the Psalter using this one Weird Trick! (Comments Off)

Okay, so your three year old was playing with the ribbons in your breviary again, and now they’re all pulled out and you don’t remember what week in the Psalter you should be using. Or you got out of the habit of praying the hours for a couple weeks, and want to start up again, […]

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Lives of Saints»

St. Maximilian Kolbe (Comments Off)

CNA/EWTN: Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Polish Franciscan priest, missionary and martyr, is celebrated throughout the Church today, August 14. The saint died in the concentration camp at Auschwitz, during World War II, and is remembered as a “martyr of charity” for dying in place of another prisoner who had a wife and children. He was canonized […]

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Living the Rule»

A Still Small Voice (Comments Off)

What is in a whisper? When someone whispers, we quiet down, sharpen our ears and pay attention. A whisper conveys often the most important information–whether intimate words of love or secret words that tell of hidden matters. Whispers are usually more significant than shouts, but they also require more of us. If we fail to pay […]

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Marian»

Faith, therefore, is Mary’s greatness (Comments Off)

. . . [W]hat are the roots of this victory over death wonderfully anticipated in Mary? Its roots are in the faith of the Virgin of Nazareth, as the Gospel passage we have heard testifies (Lk 1: 39-56): a faith that is obedience to the word of God and total abandonment to the divine action […]

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Monastery»

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 […]

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Oblate Formation»

Praying with Icons: from the Eastern Orthodox tradition  (0)

One of the odd things that has happened to prayer in much of Western Christianity — in some churches with the Reformation, in others more recently — has been the drastic erosion of the physical dimension of spiritual life. Prayer has become mainly an activity of the head. Many of us have become like birds […]

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Rule»

I have found him whom my soul loves (Comments Off)

‘I found him,’ the soul says, ‘I found him’, though previously he sought and found me like a stray sheep, like a lost coin, and in his mercy anticipated me. He forestalled me, I say, in finding me when I was lost. He anticipated me, though I deserved nothing. He found me astray, he anticipated […]

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St Benedict»

St. Benedict: Through his faith and gentleness the Lord sanctified him (Comments Off)

Through his faith and gentleness the Lord sanctified him. These words were written of Moses, but they may today be applied not unfittingly, I think, to blessed Benedict. For since he was filled with the Spirit of all the saints, it is reasonable to believe that he had not a little of Moses’ spirit. If […]

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Work of God»

Prayers for Peace in Iraq (Comments Off)

Prayer For Peace In Iraq by His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq Lord, The plight of our country is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening.Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with […]

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