Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

The prayer of longing: The Chaplet of Mercy (0)

June 30, 2016 • Category: Br. Mark

I like to in the summer months go for a slow walk after Compline. I guess it takes about 40 minutes or so. It is beautiful time of the day and it helps me to let go of the stress of the day before I go to bed. I have written a number of times […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

Wait in silence for God’s salvation (0)

If you ask me how to obtain the delights of contemplation, my immediate answer is by living in the wilderness and coming up from it. You know what scripture says: ‘The Lord God will make the wilderness of Sion like delights, and her desert like the garden of the Lord’. Stay in solitude and be […]


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The prayer of longing: The Chaplet of Mercy (0)

I like to in the summer months go for a slow walk after Compline. I guess it takes about 40 minutes or so. It is beautiful time of the day and it helps me to let go of the stress of the day before I go to bed. I have written a number of times […]


Church Fathers»

Make America Meek Again: The Legacy of St. Gregory the Great (Comments Off)

Catholic Exchange: On March 12, fourteen hundred years ago, Pope St. Gregory the Great died. As his honorary title proclaims, he was a great man and a great pope. But this greatness was his not because he wanted to make the Roman papacy great again—which he did. St. Gregory was called great because he was […]


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Commemoration of St. Mary Magdalene raised to a Feast (0)

(Vatican Radio) It was announced on Friday Pope Francis has decided to raise the celebration of the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to the dignity of a liturgical Feast. In the modern Church calendar, saints may be commemorated with a memorial (optional or obligatory), feast, or solemnity. The decree was signed on 3 June 2016, […]


Desert Wisdom»

Struggle with the eight main passions: Gluttony (Comments Off)

XI. For it is impossible for the fiery impulses of the body to be extinguished until the shoots of the other principle vices have themselves been cut off at the root… Whoever is unable to check the desire to gormandize (to eat gluttonously) will be incapable of curbing the urges of burning lust. The chastity […]


Human Rights»

Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations (0)

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2016 / 08:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This story is developing. Check back soon for updates. On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a 2013 Texas law regulating the safety of abortion clinics, saying in a 5-3 decision that it put an undue burden on a women’s right to an abortion. The […]



Fruitful Silence (0)

Life is not to be regarded as an uninterrupted flow of words which is finally silenced by death. Its rhythm develops in silence, comes to the surface in moments of necessary expression, returns to deeper silence, culminates in a final declaration, then ascends quietly into the silence of Heaven which resounds with unending praise. Those […]


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»

5 Reasons to Pray the Divine Office Daily (Comments Off)

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 […]


Lives of Saints»

Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (0)

(CNA)On June 29 the Church celebrates the feast day of Sts. Peter & Paul. As early as the year 258, there is evidence of an already lengthy tradition of celebrating the solemnities of both Saint Peter and Saint Paul on the same day. Together, the two saints are the founders of the See of Rome, […]


Living the Rule»

It does not matter (0)

I took Luke to the dentist today, a moved up appointment, which was good, he needed an emergency root canal, so we gladly took the appointment. It is a very nice drive to the office, no traffic, pleasant day, again no rain, which I wish was otherwise. Nice days can be way overrated if you ask […]



How Our Lady of Fatima kept a papacy going (Comments Off)

During the late John Paul II years, one constant bit of subtext on the Vatican beat was the pope’s health and his physical capacity to lead. I used to joke that my definition of bliss would be never having to go on TV or radio again and start by saying, “Well, I’m not a doctor, […]



Important: Formal Oblations delayed (Comments Off)

Because of a scheduling conflict in the Abbey Church, the Mass and Renewal of Oblations originally scheduled have been cancelled. This is a disappoint for those of you who have been waiting but it simply cannot be avoided. More information will be provided in the next newsletter.


Oblate Formation»

8 Reasons Why It Is So Hard To Find Someone Decent To Marry (0)

It is not easy to be single in America today. If you are a man, it can be exceedingly difficult to find a good woman to marry. If you are a woman, it is literally a miracle if you can find a good man to marry. So is it just our imaginations, or has the […]



Spiritual birth (Comments Off)

He who is spiritually “born” as a mature identity is liberated from the enclosing womb of myth and prejudice. He learns to think for himself, guided no longer by the dictates of need and by the systems and processes designed to create artificial needs and then “satisfy” them. This emancipation can take two forms: first […]


St Benedict»

Passing of Our Holy Father Benedict (Comments Off)

The same year in which he departed this life, he told the day of his holy death to his monks, some of which did live daily with him, and some dwelt far off, willing those that were present to keep it secret, and telling them that were absent by what token they should know that […]


Work of God»

Rosary Advice from Louis de Montfort (part 1) (Comments Off)

Study the lives of the saints and you will discover each had a sincere devotion to the mother of God. Their expression of devotion may come from their prayers, homilies, or treatises. Of the great Marian saints, St. Louis de Montfort, should come to mind, who died on this date 300 years ago (April 28, […]