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July 20, 2017 • Category: Br. Mark

Oh beloved Lord how hidden you are, yet in you we have our being; the breath we take the air breathed in, is your gift We are surrounded by beauty Lord, nature can be intoxicating; color, the sound of wind, warmth given us by the sun, and yes dark clouds with its storms giving relief […]

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Not Only for Monks: Bernard of Clairvaux’s Monastic Sermons (Comments Off)

As a Cistercian abbot, St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) had the responsibility of teaching monks through commentary on the Rule of Benedict and Scripture. In partially meeting this responsibility the founder of Clairvaux Abbey, and subsequently named Doctor of the Church, wrote more than 700 sermons in his life. Monastic Sermons, translated by Daniel Griggs […]


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Oh beloved Lord how hidden you are, yet in you we have our being; the breath we take the air breathed in, is your gift We are surrounded by beauty Lord, nature can be intoxicating; color, the sound of wind, warmth given us by the sun, and yes dark clouds with its storms giving relief […]


Church Fathers»

For where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God (0)

… For Irenaeus, Church and Spirit were inseparable: “This faith”, we read again in the third book of Adversus Haereses, “which, having been received from the Church, we do preserve, and which always, by the Spirit of God, renewing its youth as if it were some precious deposit in an excellent vessel, causes the vessel […]


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1,600-year-old basilica found underwater in what was ancient Nicaea (0)

Aleteia: Archaeologists in Turkey suspect the church may have been built in the year 325, following the First Council of Nicaea. The remains of a 1,600-year-old Byzantine basilica have been discovered at the site of the Councils of Nicaea, at the bottom of a lake in northwest Turkey. “We have found church remains. It is […]


Desert Wisdom»

The wisdom of discretion (Comments Off)

. . . I remind you of a certain old man called Heron, who by paying no attention to discretion brought to nothing all his earlier labors and, what is more, came to a miserable end. A few days ago by the tricks of the devil he was cast down from the heights to the […]


Human Rights»

‘Embryo jewelry’ a sign we’ve taken the wrong path, IVF critic says (Comments Off)

(CNA/EWTN News).- For one critic, a report that IVF-conceived embryos are being cremated and turned into jewelry for their mothers shows the basic problem with the artificial creation of human embryos. “I have no words. I have no category for who would think this would be something good to do,” said Jennifer Lahl, the founder […]



Foolish people at the mercy selling happiness (0)

If we are fools enough to remain at the mercy of the people who want to sell us happiness, it will be impossible for us ever to be content with anything. How would they profit if we became content? We would no longer need their new product. The last thing the salesman wants is for […]


Lectio Divina»

Pray Often and Read Often (Comments Off)

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 […]


Liturgy of the Hours»

A canticle a day (Comments Off)

Let the ancient words of Mary, Zechariah, or Simeon leave their mark on your heart. One of the most valuable experiences from my boarding school days—and one that has remained with me—is the habit of formal prayer. I remember praying the Nunc Dimittis at night prayer in the quiet of my high school chapel: “Now […]


Lives of Saints»

Sts. Peter and Paul represent “unity and diversity,” Pope Francis tells Orthodox (0)

Conformity with “the teaching of the apostles and the ecumenical councils” should inspire our efforts to restore full communion, says pope VATICAN CITY — Half a century ago, in July 1967, Pope Paul VI traveled to Istanbul and visited the Phanar, the headquarters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. There he met with the Orthodox leader Patriarch […]


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Truth (0)

Whatever comes into my mind is not true. I accept that reality, however, below rationality the opposite is shown to be the truth in this matter, there is a region that is really in control, the emotional, feelings, that make objective thought difficult, perhaps impossible, who after all is objective? It is a struggle to […]



Fatima Seers and the ‘Roaring Twenties’: What Does It Now Portend? (Comments Off)

In private apparitions after the major ones, Fatima seer Jacinta Marto — said she was told a few things that should give modern society pause — rather urgently. For example: “The sins of the world are very great.” “The sins that lead more souls to hell are the sins of the flesh.” “Fashions that will […]



July-August Newsletter Posted (0)

The July-August Newsletter is posted to the web and has been mailed to the Oblates on the mailing list. This month’s edition includes the revised Prayers of Intercessions for the Divine Office. Oblates are free to use the Office of their choosing to fulfill the obligation for prayer. Each form of the Office has its own […]


Oblate Formation»

25 Helpful tips for overcoming anxiety (0)

Overcoming fears and phobias is not a simple process, but these suggestions can help! Many of us struggle daily with fears and phobias. Some fears are simply inconvenient, like the fear of flying or spiders. But others are debilitating, such as social anxiety disorder, which can make any conversation with a stranger feel like torture. […]



Sunday Chapter talk on humility (Comments Off)

You can’t escape the journey that is our lives.  If it is attempted things usually get worse.  That goes for life in the secular world as well as for those who are in religious and monastic life.  Below is a talk I presented to the community at Sunday Chapter on an aspect of Humility as […]


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St. Benedict: Father of Western Monasticism (0)

(CNA)On July 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Saint Benedict of Nursia, the sixth-century abbot who gave Christian monasticism its lasting foundation in Western Europe. For his historic role as the “Father of Western Monasticism,” St. Benedict was declared a co-patron of Europe (along with Saints Cyril and Methodius). St. Benedict is also […]


Work of God»

Ever heard of the Orthodox rosary called a “komboskini” or “prayer rope”? (Comments Off)

Tradition attributes to St. Pachomius the invention of the prayer rope (a loop, usually made either of virgin wool — symbol of the purity of the Lamb of God — or of silk threads, braided with knots) back in the 4th century, making this devotional accessory as old as monasticism itself. When monks and anchorites began to […]