Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Carving the Turnip? (0)

October 31, 2014 • Category: Church News & Info

Many of the customs we now associate with Halloween are also derived from ancient celebrations. For example, the current custom of going door-to-door to collect treats actually started in Ireland hundreds of years ago. Groups of farmers would go door-to-door collecting food and materials for a village feast and bonfire. Those who gave were promised […]

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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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Br. Mark»

Posturing (0)

So many people with strong opinions, all this hubris, for what? So little understood so much surety about ones stance, showing disdain for the masses, usually it seems , it is always someone else, whom belong to that throng, the speaker exempt adolescent posturing, so called rational men and women, degrading themselves by their arrogance. […]

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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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Carving the Turnip? (0)

Many of the customs we now associate with Halloween are also derived from ancient celebrations. For example, the current custom of going door-to-door to collect treats actually started in Ireland hundreds of years ago. Groups of farmers would go door-to-door collecting food and materials for a village feast and bonfire. Those who gave were promised […]

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Desert Wisdom»

Silence and Listening (Comments Off)

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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Why the Psalms (0)

(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»

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»

Bold Red (Comments Off)

Tiny choices bear far flung fruit, the seeds germinate each in their own time, waiting for abundance of whatever sort to come forth. Some fruit sweet to the taste, others bitter, then there are those which are poison, spreading pain, death and fear. Often planted deep, hidden, for generations, when its growth suddenly hits the […]

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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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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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Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation (0)

The Big Bang “doesn’t contradict the intervention of a divine Creator, but demands it,” Pope Francis said Monday morning, because the beginning of the world “is not the work of chaos.” The Pope was addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, gathered in the Vatican to discuss “Evolving Concepts of Nature.” God […]

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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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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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