Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Put Down that Phone (0)

May 25, 2016 • Category: Oblate Formation

Put down the phone and really listen to someone else. With eye contact. — 56 Ways of Mercy, Aleteia I spent Friday evening with five of my children, while my husband took the other four on a trip to visit relatives for a special occasion. Those who stayed behind did so because of obligations during […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

Under the hue of happiness we grasp at real unhappiness (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 […]


Br. Mark»

People on the fringe (0)

When speaking about people who are on the fringe we will all think of different types of individuals. People on the fringe for me are ‘normal’, just a little further out than most of us are. They can be very interesting, lovable as well as irritating and very difficult to communicate with. Yet most of […]


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 […]


Church News & Info»

Vatican: recent stories about Benedict XVI and Fatima secrets are ‘absolutely untrue’ (0)

Vatican City, May 21, 2016 / 09:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that recent articles claiming that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said that the Third Secret of Fatima was not released in its entirety back in 2000 are “pure inventions” and “absolutely untrue.” The Holy See Press Office released a statement May 21 […]


Desert Wisdom»

Struggle with the eight main passions: Gluttony (Comments Off)

XI. For it is impossible for the fiery impulses of the body to be extinguished until the shoots of the other principle vices have themselves been cut off at the root… Whoever is unable to check the desire to gormandize (to eat gluttonously) will be incapable of curbing the urges of burning lust. The chastity […]


Human Rights»

Five years into the Syrian Civil War, a look at those who’ve fled (Comments Off)

Washington D.C., Mar 15, 2016 / 03:12 am (CNA).- March 15 marks five years since civil war broke out in Syria. The conflict has had devastating consequences for the people of the country, many of whom have been forced to flee. Since 2011, Catholic Relief Services has helped to assist more than 1 million Syrians […]



Renouncing Resentment (0)

The problem is to learn how to renounce resentment without selling out to the organization people who want everyone to accept absurdity and moral anarchy in a spirit of uplift and willing complicity. Few men are strong enough to find the solution. A monastery is not necessarily the right answer; there is resentment in monasteries […]


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»

Louis de Montfort, a saint whose life was the stuff of Hollywood (0)

As a poor young priest, St Louis was helped by a mistress of the king of France Catholic Herald: Catholics are known for revering certain saints. We all have our favourites, those to whom we have a special devotion and love. My own list includes St Francis of Assisi (naturally), St Bernadette, Blessed Pier Giorgio […]


Living the Rule»

Prisoners ask good question (0)

Does everything happen for a reason? Writing prisoners is a deep learning experience for me. Each unique with their own struggles and of course some doing better than others. I have been writing some for quite a while and am starting to trust them more than in the beginning. I am truly amazed at some […]



5 Surprising Revelations of the Third Secret of Fatima (0)

In 2000, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger clarified the signs and symbols found in the Marian apparitions Aleteia: May 13, 2016 marks the 99th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal. For the past century individuals around the world have developed theories meant to decipher the hidden message of the three “secrets” of Fatima. Yet, Sister Lucia […]



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»

Put Down that Phone (0)

Put down the phone and really listen to someone else. With eye contact. — 56 Ways of Mercy, Aleteia I spent Friday evening with five of my children, while my husband took the other four on a trip to visit relatives for a special occasion. Those who stayed behind did so because of obligations during […]



Serving one another (Comments Off)

Obedience is a blessing to be shown by all, not only to the abbot but also to one another as brothers, since we know that it is by this way of obedience that we go to God. Therefore, although orders of the abbot or of the priors appointed by him take precedence, and no unofficial […]


St Benedict»

Passing of Our Holy Father Benedict (Comments Off)

The same year in which he departed this life, he told the day of his holy death to his monks, some of which did live daily with him, and some dwelt far off, willing those that were present to keep it secret, and telling them that were absent by what token they should know that […]


Work of God»

Padre Pio, Bernard of Clairvaux, and the Shoulder Wound of Christ (Comments Off)

Two great saints were prayerfully, and painfully, devoted to a wound of Christ’s Passion, “not recorded by men…” What do medieval mystic St. Bernard of Clairvaux and modern monk St. Padre Pio have in common? Well, they’re both saints, sharing in the eternal reward which God has prepared for them. But beyond that, both had […]