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What the Near Death Experience may have to offer us (0)

March 26, 2017 • Category: Br. Mark

It all about perspective and yes faith as well My faith will dictate to me my perspective towards the world, its meaning and my place in it.  As a Catholic that perspective will hone it down to a finer point.  Then I am a monk, so that will further narrow down how I interrupt the […]

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Not Only for Monks: Bernard of Clairvaux’s Monastic Sermons (0)

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 […]


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What the Near Death Experience may have to offer us (0)

It all about perspective and yes faith as well My faith will dictate to me my perspective towards the world, its meaning and my place in it.  As a Catholic that perspective will hone it down to a finer point.  Then I am a monk, so that will further narrow down how I interrupt the […]


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We must not count on ourselves (0)

If we knew at what time we were to depart from this world, we would be able to select a season for pleasure and another for repentance. But God, who has promised pardon to every repentant sinner, has not promised us tomorrow. Therefore we must always dread the final day, which we can never foresee. […]


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Pope Francis: ‘consult the Bible as often as your cellphone’ (0)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday called on Christians to consult the Bible with the same frequency as they might consult their cellphones for messages. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square following his weekly Angelus blessing, the Pope urged those present to give the Bible the same place in daily life as […]


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»

Donald Trump to March for Life: ‘You Have My Full Support!’ (1)

President Donald Trump signaled his support for pro-life activists attending the March for Life on Friday. “The #MarchForLife is so important,” he wrote on Twitter. “To all of you marching — you have my full support!” Trump will reportedly also call into the march, following the precedent set by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. The […]



It is the question of a game (0)

“Businesses, are, in reality, quasi-religious sects. When you go to work in one, you embrace A New Faith. And if they are really big businesses, you progress from faith to a kind of mystique. Belief in the product, preaching the product, in the end the product becomes the focus of a transcendental experience. Through ‘the […]


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Pray Often and Read Often (0)

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 (0)

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»

Pope clears way for canonization of Fatima visionaries (0)

Vatican City, Mar 23, 2017 / 06:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday Pope Francis approved the second and final miracle needed to canonize Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the shepherd children who witnessed the Fatima Marian apparitions. The Pope approved the miracle in a March 23 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of […]


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Stances (0)

I was reading from the 1st letter of John yesterday and came upon this verse: “love cast out fear”. I have often wondered at this and have longed for the freedom that it offers, for those who come to some experience, or understanding, of what it means. I would suppose most children have a time […]



December 12: Our Lady of Guadelupe (0)

CNA: In 1531 a “Lady from Heaven” appeared to Saint Juan Diego, a poor Indian from Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City. She identified herself as the Mother of the True God and instructed him to have the bishop build a church on the site and left an image of herself imprinted miraculously on […]



Father Edmund McCaffrey, former Belmont abbot, dies at 83 (0)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Father Edmund McCaffrey, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston who was a former Benedictine monk and former abbot of Belmont Abbey, died Nov. 13, 2016. He died in Louisville, Ky., where he resided with the Little Sisters of the Poor. He was 83. A Mass of Christian Burial will be […]


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The Incarnation and Icons (0)

It is clearly a prohibition against representing the invisible God.  But when you see Him who has no body become man for you, then you will make representations of His human aspect.  When the Invisible, having clothed Himself in the flesh, become visible, then represent the likeness of Him who has appeared.  When He who, […]



The mythical nature of work in the modern world (0)

In our society, a society of business rooted in Puritanism, based on a pseudo-ethic of industriousness and thrift, to be rewarded by comfort, pleasure, and a good bank account, the myth of work is thought to justify an existence that is essentially meaningless and futile. There is, then, a great deal of busy-ness as people […]


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For the Feast of St. Benedict (0)

3. Behold, today we celebrate the feast of our holy Father Benedict. What was Saint Benedict? Without a doubt a man like you, like him, like me. His flesh is the same as your flesh. You and he are both of the same material. Why therefore was he able to do what you are not? […]


Work of God»

Ever heard of the Orthodox rosary called a “komboskini” or “prayer rope”? (0)

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 […]