Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

St. George: The Great Martyr (0)

April 23, 2014 • Category: Lives of Saints

St. George was a soldier of the Roman army who was tortured and beheaded for his Christian faith in the year 303, in Lydda (in modern day Palestine).  He was likely born in Cappadocia, of a Cappadocian father and a Palestinian mother of noble rank. At the death of his father (possibly martyrdom) he moved […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

The Actions of the Trinity in Us (0)

Let us consider ourselves, and the actions of the Trinity in us, from the beginning of the world until the end. Let us see how that Majesty upon whom lie both the administration and the governance of the ages has been concerned not to lose us forever. Indeed he had made all things mightily, and […]

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Br. Mark»

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Instruction»

We must dare to be saints by the power of God (0)

Easter is the mystery of our redemption. We who have died and risen with Christ are no longer sinners. Sin is dead in us. The Law has no further hold on us. And yet this is not as simple as it sounds. Our new life in Christ is not a permanent and guaranteed possession, handed over […]

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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»

Psalm 118(117): The Stone Rejected has become the Cornerstone (0)

1. When a Christian, in unison with the voice of prayer in Israel, sings Psalm 117{118}, that we just heard, he feels within him a special thrill. In fact, he finds in this liturgical hymn two phrases that echo with a new meaning in the NT. The first is verse 22, “The stone rejected by […]

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Lives of Saints»

St. George: The Great Martyr (0)

St. George was a soldier of the Roman army who was tortured and beheaded for his Christian faith in the year 303, in Lydda (in modern day Palestine).  He was likely born in Cappadocia, of a Cappadocian father and a Palestinian mother of noble rank. At the death of his father (possibly martyrdom) he moved […]

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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 […]

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Marian»

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” […]

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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»

Holy Saturday: The Lord’s descent into hell (0)

“What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and […]

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Rule»

The root-sin of modern man (Comments Off)

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, he has done this with all kinds of vitalistic excuses, proclaiming at every turn that he stands on frontiers of new abundance and permanent bliss. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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