Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Vacation: A Time to get closer to God and fellowman (0)

July 27, 2015 • Category: Oblate Formation

It is said that one travels to learn , to broaden one’s culture, to be able, at the right time, to carry on a conversation honorably, to extend one’s spirit with foreign beauties of art and nature. All this is true, provided the journey is made calmly, with opportune rests, with the necessary preparation, with […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

The Blessing of God (0)

Among the blessings of God, some are the blessings of creation, others of restoration, and others of day-to-day consolation. The blessings of creation are that we were created in the image and likeness of God, that in him we live and move and have our being and are his offspring, and that by his gift […]

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Br. Mark»

Drinking sand (0)

I often don’t understand what I am about, saying one thing then doing another, wondering all the while at my mediocrity, my winding journey up the mountain, fits and starts unending or so it seems, often ending back in the valley lost and alone among my own inner demons, failures, also just a simple fear […]

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Church Fathers»

Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul (0)

This day has been consecrated for us by the martyrdom of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. It is not some obscure martyrs we are talking about. “Their sound has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19). These martyrs had seen what they proclaimed, they […]

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Church News & Info»

US bishops encourage Catholics to maintain witness to the truth of marriage (Comments Off)

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2015 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics are called to witness to the truth of marriage despite the Supreme Court of the United States recognizing a legal right to same-sex marriage, the nation’s bishops said on Friday. “Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this […]

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Desert Wisdom»

Keep death before your eyes every hour (Comments Off)

Therefore, brothers, let us strive with all our heart, bearing death before our eyes every hour, and every moment imagining the fearful punishment. But these things the mind comes to perception and the soul is weighed down weeping, but it is also made contemplative and prepared to be turned toward God, undistracted by earthly things. […]

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Human Rights»

Planned Parenthood Pulls Names of Corporate Donors After Companies Object (0)

On Tuesday, The Daily Signal published a list of companies that donate or have donated directly to Planned Parenthood, either through grants or through matching employee gifts, according to 2nd Vote, a money-tracking website and app that looks at consumers and political causes. The Daily Signal reached out to each company to ask about its donations to […]

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Instruction»

Keep your head clear of static (0)

Clearly, the “powers” and “elements” which in Paul’s day dominated men’s minds through pagan religion or through religious legalism, today dominate us in the confusion and the ambiguity of the Babel of tongues that we call mass-society. Certainly I do not condemn everything in the mass media. But how does one stop to separate the […]

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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»

Psalm 51(50): God’s Spirit Purifies (0)

Psalm 51 in which the Psalmist, repentant after his serious sin, implores God’s mercy and asks the Lord: “Do not deprive me of your holy spirit” (v. 13). The Psalm is the Miserere, a very well-known psalm which is often repeated in the liturgy, as well as in the devotion and penitential practices of Christian […]

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Lives of Saints»

Saint Cyril of Alexandria’s Defense of Mary (Comments Off)

Saint Cyril of Alexandria was the Patriarch of Alexandria during the early part of the 5th century and a key figure in the Christological controversies of his time. His debate with the heretic Nestorius was the impetus for the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD where the Church officially adopted the long held understanding that […]

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Living the Rule»

Prayers of Intercession (1)

Oblates of Belmont Abbey are free to use the Office of their choosing to fulfill the obligation for prayer. Each form of the Office has its own set of intercessions. A common set of intercessions are offered to the Oblates as another option. Why another set of intercessions? Several reasons but the most important one […]

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Marian»

Mary was created only for God (0)

21. Let us not imagine, then, as some misguided teachers do, that Mary being simply a creature would be a hindrance to union with the Creator. Far from it, for it is no longer Mary who lives but Jesus Christ himself, God alone, who lives in her. Her transformation into God far surpasses that experienced […]

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Monastery»

Belmont Abbey: Holy Week Schedule (Comments Off)

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»

Vacation: A Time to get closer to God and fellowman (0)

It is said that one travels to learn , to broaden one’s culture, to be able, at the right time, to carry on a conversation honorably, to extend one’s spirit with foreign beauties of art and nature. All this is true, provided the journey is made calmly, with opportune rests, with the necessary preparation, with […]

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Rule»

The way we become irresponsible (Comments Off)

That to start with one’s ego-identity and to try to bring that identity to terms with external reality by thinking, and then, having worked out practical principles, to act on reality from one privileged autonomous position in order to bring it into line with an absolute good we have arrived at by thought: this is […]

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St Benedict»

Passing of St. Benedict (Comments Off)

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»

Psalm 51(50): Against you alone have I sinned (0)

1. We have just heard the Miserere, one of the most famous prayers of the Psalter, the most intense and commonly used penitential psalm, the hymn of sin and pardon, a profound meditation on guilt and grace. The Liturgy of the Hours makes us pray it at Lauds every Friday. For centuries the prayer has risen to heaven […]

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