Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

A day with Victor (0)

July 23, 2016 • Category: Br. Mark

(written June 2008) Four days ago Victor took a turn for the worse. He became very weak at breakfast and during the meal he threw up some bile. So we took him to his room and put him to bed. He is DNR, (do not resuscitate) but we always talk to them anyway, in case […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

We are miserable as we think that happiness is something it is not (0)

The blind perversity of our misery is lamentable indeed. Although we desire happiness ardently, not only do we not do those things by which we may obtain our desire but rather, with contrary disaffection, take steps to add to our misery. In my opinion, we would never do this, if a false image of happiness […]


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A day with Victor (0)

(written June 2008) Four days ago Victor took a turn for the worse. He became very weak at breakfast and during the meal he threw up some bile. So we took him to his room and put him to bed. He is DNR, (do not resuscitate) but we always talk to them anyway, in case […]


Church Fathers»

Make America Meek Again: The Legacy of St. Gregory the Great (Comments Off)

Catholic Exchange: On March 12, fourteen hundred years ago, Pope St. Gregory the Great died. As his honorary title proclaims, he was a great man and a great pope. But this greatness was his not because he wanted to make the Roman papacy great again—which he did. St. Gregory was called great because he was […]


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Commemoration of St. Mary Magdalene raised to a Feast (Comments Off)

(Vatican Radio) It was announced on Friday Pope Francis has decided to raise the celebration of the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to the dignity of a liturgical Feast. In the modern Church calendar, saints may be commemorated with a memorial (optional or obligatory), feast, or solemnity. The decree was signed on 3 June 2016, […]


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»

That Rumbling You Feel is Judeo-Christian Civilization Collapsing (0)

(LifeSiteNews) – It was a beautiful summer evening, with an occasional gentle breeze preventing it from becoming stifling. I was sitting on a restaurant patio with my wife, sipping ice-cold water and chatting about the week’s events while waiting for our food to arrive. Cheery chatter rose from the tables around us. The events we […]



Love cannot come of emptiness (0)

I have learned that an age in which politicians talk about peace is an age in which everybody expects war: the great men of the earth would not talk of peace so much if they did not secretly believe it possible, with one more war, to annihilate their enemies forever. Always, “after just one more […]


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»

5 Reasons to Pray the Divine Office Daily (Comments Off)

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»

This 400 year-old saint’s story won big at a Rome film festival (0)

Rome, Italy, Jun 28, 2016 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When EWTN director James Kelty produced a film about the first Native American saint Kateri Tekakwitha, he didn’t know that it would be recognized at one of the largest Catholic film festivals in the world. The 2015 film “Kateri” was awarded the Capax Dei Foundation […]


Living the Rule»

A Quiet Day Out (0)

A memory from my time in the Infirmary (Br. William died 1/25/13) This was written in January of 2007 I came into work this afternoon and the first person I saw was William, who had that look. It was the look that communicated to me, that perhaps he needed to get out and about for a […]



How Our Lady of Fatima kept a papacy going (Comments Off)

During the late John Paul II years, one constant bit of subtext on the Vatican beat was the pope’s health and his physical capacity to lead. I used to joke that my definition of bliss would be never having to go on TV or radio again and start by saying, “Well, I’m not a doctor, […]



Important: Formal Oblations delayed (Comments Off)

Because of a scheduling conflict in the Abbey Church, the Mass and Renewal of Oblations originally scheduled have been cancelled. This is a disappoint for those of you who have been waiting but it simply cannot be avoided. More information will be provided in the next newsletter.


Oblate Formation»

It is the duty of all to acknowledge Divine Law (0)

“God commands all men everywhere to repent. He also commands them to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and has assured us that all who do repent and believe shall be saved… [G]od… has absolutely promised to bestow them on all these who are willing to accept them on the terms of the Gospel – […]



Finding Inner Solitude (0)

You will never find interior solitude unless you make some conscious effort to deliver yourself from the desires and the cares and the attachments of an existence in time and in the world. Do everything you can to avoid the noise and the business of men. Keep as far away as you can from the […]


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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»

Rosary Advice from Louis de Montfort (part 1) (Comments Off)

Study the lives of the saints and you will discover each had a sincere devotion to the mother of God. Their expression of devotion may come from their prayers, homilies, or treatises. Of the great Marian saints, St. Louis de Montfort, should come to mind, who died on this date 300 years ago (April 28, […]