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Pope Francis – Petitions UN, Muslims and Christians to address ‘ongoing genocide’ in Iraq (0)

October 22, 2014 • Category: Church News & Info

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – Pope Francis lamented, “it seems that the awareness of the value of human life has been lost; it seems that the person does not count and can be sacrificed to other interests. And all of this, unfortunately, with the indifference of many.” Pope Francis was speaking about the atrocities […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

What is God? (Comments Off)

(Read this as Lectio — it cannot be read quickly without reflection.) What is God? That without which nothing exists. Just as nothing can exist without him, so he cannot exist without himself: he exists for himself, he exists for all, and consequently in some way he alone exists who is his own existence and […]

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Invisible people (0)

I have talked with people, who tell me that they often feel taken for granted by pretty much everyone. They are nice, do their jobs perfectly and are always available when others are in need. Often making great sacrifices in order to do so, yet they feel unappreciated. I had a talk with a woman […]

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God never tires of forgiving us (0)

“But if thou scoffest at hearing of hell and believest not that fire, remember Sodom. For we have seen, surely we have seen, even in this present life, a semblance of hell. For since many would utterly disbelieve the things to come after the resurrection, hearing now of an unquenchable fire, God brings them to […]

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Pope Francis – Petitions UN, Muslims and Christians to address ‘ongoing genocide’ in Iraq (0)

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – Pope Francis lamented, “it seems that the awareness of the value of human life has been lost; it seems that the person does not count and can be sacrificed to other interests. And all of this, unfortunately, with the indifference of many.” Pope Francis was speaking about the atrocities […]

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Desert Wisdom»

Silence and Listening (0)

Some brothers were coming from Scetis to see Abba Antony. When they were getting into a boat to go there, they found an old man who also wanted to cross. The brothers did not know him. They sat in the boat, occupied by turns with the words of the Fathers, Scripture and their manual work. […]

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Instruction»

Spiritual Life Today (0)

Many of the problems and sufferings of the spiritual life today are either fictitious or they should not have to be put up with. But because of our mentality we block the “total response” that is needed for a fully healthy and fruitful spirituality. In fact the very idea of “spirituality” tends to be unhealthy […]

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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»

Find Your Place in the Psalter using this one Weird Trick! (Comments Off)

Okay, so your three year old was playing with the ribbons in your breviary again, and now they’re all pulled out and you don’t remember what week in the Psalter you should be using. Or you got out of the habit of praying the hours for a couple weeks, and want to start up again, […]

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Lives of Saints»

Investigating Our Invisible Companions (0)

ABC News: In the moment of mayhem or in an instant of exquisite fear, people often report being comforted by an invisible companion, what some call a “guardian angel.” But who is the guardian angel? John Geiger is an internationally known explorer and author who has been investigating this phenomenon for years and said it […]

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Living the Rule»

Deluge of criticism after abortion funding revealed in health care law (Comments Off)

Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2014 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life groups have responded forcefully to a new report finding that despite promises from President Barack Obama, more than 1,000 health care plans under the Affordable Care Act cover abortion.“[T]he President issued an executive order on March 24, 2010 that said: ‘the Act maintains current […]

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Marian»

The Rosary is by its nature a prayer for peace (0)

40. The grave challenges confronting the world at the start of this new Millennium lead us to think that only an intervention from on high, capable of guiding the hearts of those living in situations of conflict and those governing the destinies of nations, can give reason to hope for a brighter future. The Rosary […]

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Monastery»

A Letter from the Abbot (0)

Dear Oblates, Although you have probably known of it for some time, I am happy to bring to your attention the new abbey website: belmontabbey.org. If you have not visited it already, I invite you to do so. As you will see, we now have information on our oblate program as well as a link to […]

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Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors to Christ. (0)

Peter came to Rome! What else but obedience to the inspiration received from the Lord could have guided him and brought him to this city, the heart of the Empire? Perhaps the fisherman of Galilee did not want to come here. Perhaps he would have preferred to stay there, on the shores of Lake of […]

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Rule»

Propaganda (Comments Off)

The real violence exerted by propaganda is this: by means of apparent truth and apparent reason, it induces us to surrender our freedom and self-possession. It predetermines us to certain conclusions, and does so in such a way that we imagine that we are fully free in reaching them by our own judgment and our […]

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St Benedict»

St. Benedict: Through his faith and gentleness the Lord sanctified him (Comments Off)

Through his faith and gentleness the Lord sanctified him. These words were written of Moses, but they may today be applied not unfittingly, I think, to blessed Benedict. For since he was filled with the Spirit of all the saints, it is reasonable to believe that he had not a little of Moses’ spirit. If […]

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Work of God»

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (0)

O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for me is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Your alter (in Your presence) eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Your loving Heart is everywhere subject. Mindful alas! that we ourselves have had […]

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