Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Abbot Oscar, 7th Abbot of Belmont, Passes Away (0)

November 22, 2017 • Category: Monastery

The Right Reverend Oscar C. Burnett, seventh abbot of Belmont Abbey, died peacefully in the Lord, shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.  A native of Savannah, GA, he is the third of five children of the late Oscar Caldwell Burnett and Ellen Nell (née Wheeler) Burnett. Throughout his life, he was devoted […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

Not Only for Monks: Bernard of Clairvaux’s Monastic Sermons (Comments Off)

As a Cistercian abbot, St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) had the responsibility of teaching monks through commentary on the Rule of Benedict and Scripture. In partially meeting this responsibility the founder of Clairvaux Abbey, and subsequently named Doctor of the Church, wrote more than 700 sermons in his life. Monastic Sermons, translated by Daniel Griggs […]


Br. Mark»

Being thankful for the dark times (0)

A thanksgiving retreat We had a retreat on thankfulness this Mon-Wed of this week (2016).  This time of the year the number is usually small; we had five participants.  Usually we have larger groups.  I do like the smaller ones however.  When I started off the discussion, I reminded the group that when thinking about […]


Church Fathers»

To Become the Leaven (0)

Doubtless the power and characteristics of leaven are known to everyone. For although it is small in size, simple in appearance, and common in nature, it has such power within it that, when it has been concealed in flour, by its inherent energy it makes the whole mass to be what it itself is. And […]


Church News & Info»

J.R.R. Tolkien: A new look at the literary giant’s contribution to the Jerusalem Bible (Comments Off)

Did you know that the same author who wrote about hobbits, elves and orcs also translated the Book of Jonah for the Jerusalem Bible? J.R.R. Tolkien, best known for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was asked in 1957 to contribute to a new translation of the Bible coming out of England. The task was led by […]


Desert Wisdom»

My rule is to welcome you with hospitality (0)

A brother came to see a certain hermit and, as he was leaving, he said, “Forgive me abba for preventing you from keeping your rule.” The hermit replied, “My rule is to welcome you with hospitality and to send you away in peace.” It was said of an old man that he dwelt in Syria on the way […]


Human Rights»

‘Embryo jewelry’ a sign we’ve taken the wrong path, IVF critic says (Comments Off)

(CNA/EWTN News).- For one critic, a report that IVF-conceived embryos are being cremated and turned into jewelry for their mothers shows the basic problem with the artificial creation of human embryos. “I have no words. I have no category for who would think this would be something good to do,” said Jennifer Lahl, the founder […]



The real root-sin of modern man … (0)

The real root-sin of modern man is that, in ignoring and condemning being, and especially his own being, he has made his existence a disease and an affliction. And, strangely, be has done this with all kinds of vitalistic excuses, proclaiming at every turn that he stands on frontiers of new abundance and permanent bliss. […]


Lectio Divina»

Pray Often and Read Often (Comments Off)

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»

A canticle a day (Comments Off)

Let the ancient words of Mary, Zechariah, or Simeon leave their mark on your heart. One of the most valuable experiences from my boarding school days—and one that has remained with me—is the habit of formal prayer. I remember praying the Nunc Dimittis at night prayer in the quiet of my high school chapel: “Now […]


Lives of Saints»

The First John Paul (0)

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2017 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week Albino Luciani, better known by his papal name, John Paul I, took the next step on the path to sainthood. Yet apart from the fame garnered by various theories that sprouted due to the enigmatic nature of his death, for many little is […]


Living the Rule»

To remember the dead (0)

Once a month our community has what we call a “Month’s mind mass” in remembrance of our dead, our community members who have passed on, our loved ones, friends and benefactor and those buried in our ‘Green Cemetery” across the way.  I believe that it is a beautiful tradition.  Some mornings during the meditation between […]



Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (0)

Today we celebrate an important truth about Mary: From infancy onward, she was dedicated to God, totally committed to letting God’s purposes be fulfilled in her life. Because of her dedication from an early age, she was called by God to become an even greater temple than the magnificent temple in Jerusalem. If the Jerusalem […]



Abbot Oscar, 7th Abbot of Belmont, Passes Away (0)

The Right Reverend Oscar C. Burnett, seventh abbot of Belmont Abbey, died peacefully in the Lord, shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.  A native of Savannah, GA, he is the third of five children of the late Oscar Caldwell Burnett and Ellen Nell (née Wheeler) Burnett. Throughout his life, he was devoted […]


Oblate Formation»

The 10 technological diseases affecting us today (0)

Has technology hijacked our quality of life?  When we talk about the increasing number of people who are addicted to technology, we immediately picture smartphone zombies who can barely hold a conversation because they’re constantly busy scanning their phone’s push notifications, or that time your most selfie-centered friend nearly got hit by a car while […]



Foolish people at the mercy selling happiness (Comments Off)

If we are fools enough to remain at the mercy of the people who want to sell us happiness, it will be impossible for us ever to be content with anything. How would they profit if we became content? We would no longer need their new product. The last thing the salesman wants is for […]


St Benedict»

St. Benedict: Father of Western Monasticism (Comments Off)

(CNA)On July 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Saint Benedict of Nursia, the sixth-century abbot who gave Christian monasticism its lasting foundation in Western Europe. For his historic role as the “Father of Western Monasticism,” St. Benedict was declared a co-patron of Europe (along with Saints Cyril and Methodius). St. Benedict is also […]


Work of God»

Ever heard of the Orthodox rosary called a “komboskini” or “prayer rope”? (Comments Off)

Tradition attributes to St. Pachomius the invention of the prayer rope (a loop, usually made either of virgin wool — symbol of the purity of the Lamb of God — or of silk threads, braided with knots) back in the 4th century, making this devotional accessory as old as monasticism itself. When monks and anchorites began to […]