Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

If we do not think, we cannot act freely. (0)

October 25, 2016 • Category: Instruction

Well, the need has been desperately urgent, not for one year or ten, but for fifty, sixty, seventy, a hundred years. If, when thought is needed, nobody does any thinking, if everyone assumes that someone else is thinking, then it is clear that no one is thinking either for himself or for anybody else. Instead […]

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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 […]


Br. Mark»

Fear does not work (0)

When young I was taught about sin, a mark on the soul, a stain, perhaps leading to death separation from God for all eternity. Confession, a way to placate a deity angry, always watching; my image of God at that young age was of a being with millions of eyes attached to long tentacles watching […]


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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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NC Voter Guide (0)

NC Family has created a website to help get better information to the voters on a wide variety of subjects. You can download the whole guide or you can use this website to give a condensed version for just your voting district. NC Family has been doing this since 2000 and is totally non-partisan. You are […]


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»

Trump Launches Major Pro-Life Outreach (1)

With seven weeks to go before the voters head to the polls, Donald Trump has announced the formation of a new Pro-Life Coalition. Breitbart: In a letter to pro-life leaders released on Friday, he invited them to join the Coalition to help make clear to pro-life voters “the stark contrast” between him and his opponent, […]



If we do not think, we cannot act freely. (0)

Well, the need has been desperately urgent, not for one year or ten, but for fifty, sixty, seventy, a hundred years. If, when thought is needed, nobody does any thinking, if everyone assumes that someone else is thinking, then it is clear that no one is thinking either for himself or for anybody else. Instead […]


Lectio Divina»

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»

A Very Curious Legend of St Raphael (0)

The revised version of Butler’s Lives of the Saints, in the notes to the entry for the feast of St Raphael the Archangel, says that “In the Ethiopic Synaxarium… is a curious account of the dedication of a church to St Raphael in an island off Alexandria early in the fifth century.” A reference is […]


Living the Rule»

Beauty and fragility (0)

Insects are a problem for us. I guess you could say we are a war with them, a war we can’t win, but can only hold them back. We have ‘people’ come in and spray around certain areas of the retreat house in order to keep insects out. Or if they come in, they do […]



Francis, Fatima and the End of the World (0)

Does the Holy Father know something we don’t? Aleteia. At the end of April it was confirmed that Pope Francis will travel to Fatima for the one hundredth anniversary of the Marian apparitions, and it is rumored that he will use the occasion to canonize the two youngest seers, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. This week, […]



Bishop Curlin’s Remembrances of St. Teresa of Calcutta: Do You Risk Your Heart? (0)

This article was published a few years ago on this site. In light of Mother’s canonization yesterday it seems appropriate to re-published today. Bishop-Emeritus William Curlin, who retired as Ordinary of the Diocese of Charlotte in 2002, spoke at Belmont Abbey’s Grace Auditorium on Oct. 23, 2012 about his friendship with Mother Teresa. He was invited […]


Oblate Formation»

Doctor had vision of netherworld (0)

“Those who profit from the health of others will find their reward in the jewels of hell.” If that “word of knowledge” bears credence, there are some in the medical industry (pharmaceutical companies, insurance conglomerates, hospitals, surgeons, specialists) who may want to pay heed. For those who claim to have glimpsed sheol have been known […]



All that is poor deserves mercy (0)

[The] self is not by nature evil, and the fact that it is unsubstantial is not to be imputed to it as some kind of crime. It is afflicted with metaphysical poverty: but all that is poor deserves mercy. So too our outward self: as long as it does not isolate itself in a lie, […]


St Benedict»

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»

Pre-Election Novena (0)

(CNA/EWTN News).- With the Nov. 8 election approaching, the Knights of Columbus have released a novena addressed to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, who is the patroness of the United States. The novena consists of nine days of prayer, starting Oct. 30 and running through Nov. 7, the eve of the election. In 1791, America’s first […]