Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Bridges (0)

August 29, 2015 • Category: Br. Mark

We are interior creatures. We interrupt what goes on around us. These interpretations are influenced by events that perhaps have taken place so far in the past that they are unconsciously forgotten, yet they still aid or hinder us in our everyday lives. For some people this can be a major hindrance if some sort […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

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 […]


Br. Mark»

Bridges (0)

We are interior creatures. We interrupt what goes on around us. These interpretations are influenced by events that perhaps have taken place so far in the past that they are unconsciously forgotten, yet they still aid or hinder us in our everyday lives. For some people this can be a major hindrance if some sort […]


Church Fathers»

Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul (Comments Off)

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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


Human Rights»

Shocking New Video: Former Planned Parenthood Technician Describes Harvesting Brain From Live Fetus (0)

The lastest video exposing Planned Parenthood’s selling of aborted fetal body parts was released today (August 20), and it is perhaps the most shocking.  In the video, a former technnician describes harvesting the brain of an aborted baby while it was still alive. The technician, Holly O’Donnell, had worked for StemExpress, a biotech company which […]



The General Dance (0)

For the world and time are the dance of the Lord in emptiness. The silence of the spheres is the music of a wedding feast. The more we persist in misunderstanding the phenomena of life, the more we analyze them out into strange finalities and complex purposes of our own, the more we involve ourselves in […]


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 […]


Liturgy of the Hours»

Psalm 51(50): Take not your Holy Spirit from me (0)

1. Every week the Liturgy of Lauds repeats Psalm 50[51], the famous Miserere. We have already reflected on sections of it on other occasions. Now also, we will reflect in a particular way on a section of this grandiose plea for forgiveness:  verses 12-16. First of all, it is important to note that in the original Hebrew the word […]


Lives of Saints»

St. Monica, Mother of St. Augustine (0)

August 27, one day before the feast of her son St. Augustine, the Catholic Church honors St. Monica, whose holy example and fervent intercession led to one of the most dramatic conversions in Church history. Monica was born into a Catholic family in 332, in the North African city of Tagaste located in present-day Algeria. […]


Living the Rule»

Be honest, childlike, open, and fearless before God (Comments Off)

Prayer is conversation with God, no matter what kind it is. It can be a wordless sharing, or thoughts can be present; in the end it is an actual being present to God, knowing that God is also present to you; more present actually, one with you, fused with your soul, holding you in existence […]



The Fatima Secret: The Persecution of the Church (0)

Recently we have all been stunned by the increasing persecutions of the Church throughout the world: thousands of Christians either killed or made homeless, the legalistic attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs including marriage, and the appalling revelations about Planned Parenthood. One of the subjects I spent a great deal of time studying over the years has […]



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 […]


Oblate Formation»

What Can I Do About My Anxiety? (0)

We live in a dangerous world with real problems and real suffering. There are bills that need to be paid, mouths that need to be fed and pain that cannot simply be wished away. On top of that, telling someone “don’t worry” is the emotional equivalent of telling a person not to think about pink […]



Technology was made for man, not man for technology (Comments Off)

It is precisely this illusion, that mechanical progress means human improvement, that alienates us from our own being and our own reality. It is precisely because we are convinced that our life, as such, is better if we have a better car, a better TV set, better toothpaste, etc., that we condemn and destroy our […]


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 […]


Work of God»

Psalm 63(62): My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord (Comments Off)

Psalm of mystical love, which celebrates total adherence to God based on an almost physical yearning and reaching its fullness in a close and everlasting embrace. Prayer becomes longing, thirst and hunger, because it involves the soul and the body. As St Teresa of Avila wrote:  “Thirst, I think, means the desire for something very necessary […]