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In the time you spend on social media each year, you could read 200 books (0)

February 21, 2017 • Category: Oblate Formation

Somebody once asked Warren Buffett about his secret to success. Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said, Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will… When I first found this […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

The Three Loves (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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Br. Mark»

If Today You Hear His Voice (0)

 “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15) Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. […]

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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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Pope skewers journalists who focus on scandal (0)

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2016 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis gave an interview to a Belgian magazine in which he cautioned media to avoid several major temptations, including the desire to always focus on scandal – which he compared to “coprophilia,” a mental illness in which a person has an abnormal interest in […]

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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 […]

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Human Rights»

Donald Trump to March for Life: ‘You Have My Full Support!’ (1)

President Donald Trump signaled his support for pro-life activists attending the March for Life on Friday. “The #MarchForLife is so important,” he wrote on Twitter. “To all of you marching — you have my full support!” Trump will reportedly also call into the march, following the precedent set by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. The […]

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Instruction»

Respecting Solitude (0)

If a man does not know the value of his own loneliness, how can he respect another’s solitude? It is at once our loneliness and our dignity to have an incommunicable personality that is ours, ours alone and no one else’s, and will be so forever. When human society fulfills its true function the persons […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Lives of Saints»

Sister Lucia Close To Beatification (0)

Rector of the Shrine of Fatima asked pilgrims to pray The diocesan phase of the process for the canonization of Sister Lucia de Jesus (1907-2005), one of the three seers of Fatima, ended and it will now pass to the competency of the Holy See and the Pope. The announcement was made today through a […]

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Living the Rule»

A reality often hard to believe or understand (0)

I am expressing my feelings to you: my motherly love which carries me to you is inexpressible, mysterious but real. My most beloved Son illuminates lives, dispels darkness; an understanding and motherly benevolence: Part of a message to Mirjana on 2 Jan 16 The human heart longs for God’s love more than anything I believe. […]

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Marian»

December 12: Our Lady of Guadelupe (0)

CNA: In 1531 a “Lady from Heaven” appeared to Saint Juan Diego, a poor Indian from Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City. She identified herself as the Mother of the True God and instructed him to have the bishop build a church on the site and left an image of herself imprinted miraculously on […]

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Monastery»

Father Edmund McCaffrey, former Belmont abbot, dies at 83 (0)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Father Edmund McCaffrey, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston who was a former Benedictine monk and former abbot of Belmont Abbey, died Nov. 13, 2016. He died in Louisville, Ky., where he resided with the Little Sisters of the Poor. He was 83. A Mass of Christian Burial will be […]

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Oblate Formation»

In the time you spend on social media each year, you could read 200 books (0)

Somebody once asked Warren Buffett about his secret to success. Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said, Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will… When I first found this […]

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Rule»

The world and time are the dance of the Lord in emptiness (0)

What is serious to human beings is often trivial in the sight of God. What in God might appear to us as “play” is perhaps what God takes most seriously. God plays…in the garden of creation, and, if we could let go of our obsessions with what we think is the meaning of it all, […]

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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 […]

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Work of God»

Revere the Supreme Government of God (0)

It is fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and revere the Supreme Government of God; to bow in humble submission to His chastisement; to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and to pray, with […]

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