Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Hospitality: Open your Doors (0)

September 24, 2017 • Category: Desert Wisdom

A brother came to Poemen in the second week of Lent and told him his thoughts, and found peace of mind from his answer. Then he said, ‘I almost didn’t come to see you today.’ Poemen asked him why. He said, ‘I was afraid that the door wouldn’t be opened as it is Lent.’ Poemen […]

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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»

Loss (0)

I would suppose when all is said and done, when priorities are set after much thought, and yes prayer, in the end, the answer arrived at, sooner for some, later for others; is……. it is love that the heart seeks, more than mere instinct, for it is true that our loves can be needy, we […]


Church Fathers»

For where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God (Comments Off)

… For Irenaeus, Church and Spirit were inseparable: “This faith”, we read again in the third book of Adversus Haereses, “which, having been received from the Church, we do preserve, and which always, by the Spirit of God, renewing its youth as if it were some precious deposit in an excellent vessel, causes the vessel […]


Church News & Info»

The Eucharistic miracle of Sokolka: The host is tissue from heart of a dying man (0)

Aletetia: Laboratory analyses confirm that the structure of the cardiac muscle fibers and the structure of the bread are intertwined in a way impossible to reproduce by human means. Every day, on the altars of Catholic churches around the world, the greatest miracle possible takes place: the transformation of bread and wine into the true […]


Desert Wisdom»

Hospitality: Open your Doors (0)

A brother came to Poemen in the second week of Lent and told him his thoughts, and found peace of mind from his answer. Then he said, ‘I almost didn’t come to see you today.’ Poemen asked him why. He said, ‘I was afraid that the door wouldn’t be opened as it is Lent.’ Poemen […]


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 […]



Delusion must be refused (0)

In proportion as he becomes authentically aware of his own plight, man confronts the absurd — and finds it not in himself or in the objective world, but “in their presence together.” Whereas he seeks to understand himself and his world by reason, he finds that the “only bond” between himself and the world is […]


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»

Whatever happened to the Twelve Apostles? (Comments Off)

Jesus told his apostles to “go” and that’s exactly what they did, taking the Gospel to different parts of the world. Before Jesus ascended into Heaven he said to his apostles, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Having a divine mandate to travel the world for the sake of the Gospel, the apostles didn’t […]


Living the Rule»

Inner itch (0)

What is the gnawing that many feel, that drives us here and there like mad men and women as if we are trying to scratch an inner itch that simply cannot be reached? Why the self destructive behavior the thanatos principle in plain view for all to see(?), our world a place where death is […]



Our Lady of Sorrows (0)

CNA/EWTN: The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows commemorates the seven great sorrows which Mary lived in relation to Her Son, as they are recorded in the Gospels or through Tradition. Today we are invited to reflect on Mary’s deep suffering: 1. At the prophecy of Simeon: “You yourself shall be pierced with a sword […]



July-August Newsletter Posted (Comments Off)

The July-August Newsletter is posted to the web and has been mailed to the Oblates on the mailing list. This month’s edition includes the revised Prayers of Intercessions for the Divine Office. Oblates are free to use the Office of their choosing to fulfill the obligation for prayer. Each form of the Office has its own […]


Oblate Formation»

St. Benedict’s advice for beating the blues (0)

Acedia has two remedies, one is psalmody. As to the other… A while back, for whatever reason, I was most uncharacteristically doing battle with the devilish little megrim that is acedia. Actually, “doing battle” sounds romantic and pro-active. It would be more accurate to say I have been whining, and sitting before my oratory with […]



The Real Source of Violence (Comments Off)

The population of the affluent world is nourished on a steady diet of brutal mythology and hallucination, kept at a constant pitch of high tension by a life that is intrinsically violent in that it forces a large part of the population to submit to an existence which is humanly intolerable. . . . The […]


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 […]