Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Tuesday of Holy Week (0)

March 31, 2015 • Category: Br. Mark

There is an inner coldness, A deep emptiness that comes upon me this time of the year, Perhaps it is the radiating darkness From the occupied tomb of Holy Saturday, An ending known, The ending of us all A tomb waiting after our own passion, Ending in the bleakness of death. Beyond that day of […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

Love of God, neighbor, and self (0)

Although there is an evident distinction between love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self, a marvelous bond nevertheless does exist among the three, so that each is found in all, and all in each. None of them can be possessed without all, and when one wavers they all diminish. Someone who does […]

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Tuesday of Holy Week (0)

There is an inner coldness, A deep emptiness that comes upon me this time of the year, Perhaps it is the radiating darkness From the occupied tomb of Holy Saturday, An ending known, The ending of us all A tomb waiting after our own passion, Ending in the bleakness of death. Beyond that day of […]

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Church Fathers»

Let us go to meet Christ (0)

Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany and proceeds of his own free will toward his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with […]

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Pope Francis to visit White House Sept. 23 (0)

Washington D.C., Mar 26, 2015 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. officials have confirmed that Pope Francis will make a stop at the White House to meet with President Barack Obama on Sept. 23, during his trip to the United States for the World Meeting of Families. “The President and the First Lady will welcome […]

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Desert Wisdom»

We ought to weep, in order that we may persevere (0)

Some Fathers went to Panephysis to see Abba Joseph and ask him what kind of reception they should give to the brethren to whom they gave lodging, whether they ought to mix with them and speak freely with them. Before they asked him, the old man said to his disciple, ‘Consider what I am going […]

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Instruction»

Our real enemy is within our own castle (0)

Often in the course of the liturgical year the Church complains, in our behalf, that we are pressed down under the burden of our own human activity. That seems strange! To be free to do things in our own way would appear, at first sight, to be “the liberty of the sons of God.” But […]

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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»

Why the Psalms (Comments Off)

(The Church) recommends the Psalms to her priests, her monks, her nuns, and her lay people, in order that they may have “the mind of Christ”, in order that they may develop an interior life which is really the life of the Mother, the Church. It is by singing the psalms, by meditating on them, […]

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Lives of Saints»

St. John Climacus (0)

After 20 Catecheses dedicated to the Apostle Paul, today I would like to return to presenting the great writers of the Church of the East and of the West in the Middle Ages. And I am proposing the figure of John known as Climacus, a Latin transliteration of the Greek termklimakos, which means of the […]

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Living the Rule»

Too soon (Comments Off)

When young and healthy the world is ours, our bodies sleek, or if not at least strong, if not that, we still have years to look forward to, death something far off not to be thought off. Yet the years speed by and soon, too soon, we find ourselves among the middle aged or the […]

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Marian»

Lady of Lourdes: Revelation of God’s goodness (Comments Off)

‘I believe Lourdes to be a genuine revelation of the goodness of God to a world which every day stands more and more in need of it.” This was the conclusion of John Oxenham, a non-Catholic in his book The Wonder of Lourdes. Lourdes in 1857 was a town of 5,000 inhabitants, mostly agricultural or […]

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Belmont Abbey: Holy Week Schedule (0)

Sunday, March 29 — Palm Sunday 6:00 a.m. Vigil      7:00 a.m. Lauds      10:45 a.m. Mass      5:30 p.m. Vespers Monday, March 30 – Wednesday, April 1 6:00 a.m. Vigil      7:00 a.m. Lauds      11:45 a.m. Midday Prayer      5:00 p.m. Mass      7:00 p.m. Vespers […]

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Oblate Formation»

What Are The Sources of Sin? (0)

What are the sources of temptation? Briefly stated, they are the world, the flesh, and the devil. I will describe each of these more specifically below. We can begin by noting that God is not a source of temptation despite what many conclude from the phrase in the Lord’s Prayer, lead us not into temptation […]

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Rule»

Merton: The Value of Self-Knowledge (Comments Off)

To live well myself means for me to know and appreciate something of the secret the mystery in myself: that which is incommunicable, which is at once myself and not myself at once in me and above me. From this sanctuary I must seek humbly and patiently to ward off all the intrusions of violence […]

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Passing of St. Benedict (0)

24. It is not only the bygone ages that had reason to profit from the benefits of this Patriarch; our own age has many important lessons to learn from him. Let those first of all who belong to his numerous family learn – We do not doubt that they do – to follow daily ever […]

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Work of God»

The Icon Corner: A How to Guide (Comments Off)

Benedictine Oblates are encouraged to create a “cell” in their own home– a special place set aside only for prayer and for Lectio Divina. This has been a long tradition for the Eastern Rite Churches. This article by Dr. Alexander Roman is a great introduction. Icon corners started out as a characteristically feature of an […]

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