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Advent: I live to Christ when I die to myself (0)

December 15, 2017 • Category: Instruction

Advent for us means acceptance of this totally new beginning. It means a readiness to have eternity and time meet not only in Christ, but in us, in Man, in our life, in our world, in our time. The beginning, therefore, is the end. We must accept the end, before we can begin. Or rather, […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

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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Br. Mark»

The Two Sides of Silence (0)

Before embarking on some sort of journey, be it going to another destination, or planning a vacation etc., there can be the tendency to romanticize the process. Anticipation is often different than the actual experience. When pondering the need for silence, it can be one sided when it is simply being thought about or when […]

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Church Fathers»

To Become the Leaven (0)

Doubtless the power and characteristics of leaven are known to everyone. For although it is small in size, simple in appearance, and common in nature, it has such power within it that, when it has been concealed in flour, by its inherent energy it makes the whole mass to be what it itself is. And […]

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Church News & Info»

Wojtyla, the “Islamist” invasion and those words spoken to Bush Jr. (0)

Vatican Insider: Monsignor Longhi’s confidence, which ended up on YouTube, stirs discussion. The prelate tells Vatican Insider about John Paul II’s words to the US President, “At the feet of this idol you call security, you want to sacrifice all human dignity” Saint John Paul II was a mystic, “he dialogued” with Our Lady and […]

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Desert Wisdom»

Do Not Drive Away Hospitality (0)

Once three brothers came to visit an old man in Scetis and one of them said to him, “Abba, I have committed to memory the Old and New Testaments.” And the old man answered, “You have filled the air with words.” The second one said to him, “I have written out the Old and New […]

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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 […]

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Instruction»

Advent: I live to Christ when I die to myself (0)

Advent for us means acceptance of this totally new beginning. It means a readiness to have eternity and time meet not only in Christ, but in us, in Man, in our life, in our world, in our time. The beginning, therefore, is the end. We must accept the end, before we can begin. Or rather, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Lives of Saints»

The Feast of St. Nicholas (0)

Following the feast of St. Andrew, prefeast hymns of the Nativity are heard once again on the feast of St. Nicholas, the fourth-century bishop of Myra in Lycia who through the ages had come to be especially connected with the festival of Christ’s birth. St. Nicholas you who love the festivals, Come gather and sing […]

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Living the Rule»

All who hope in God (0)

Mary’s song of praise in the Magnificat “is the canticle of the People of God on the journey, and of all men and women who hope in God,  in the power of his mercy.” Pope Francis Advent is a time of hope.  For Jesus Christ is God’s mercy in the flesh and Mary in her joy […]

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Marian»

The oldest known Marian prayer is from Egypt (0)

The Sub tuum praesidium is probably the oldest Christian prayer dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This prayer was long used in both Eastern and Western rites, even if numerous variants existed at the time. In 1917, the John Rylands Library in Manchester managed to acquire a large panel of Egyptian papyrus — the exact […]

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Monastery»

Abbot Oscar, 7th Abbot of Belmont, Passes Away (0)

The Right Reverend Oscar C. Burnett, seventh abbot of Belmont Abbey, died peacefully in the Lord, shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.  A native of Savannah, GA, he is the third of five children of the late Oscar Caldwell Burnett and Ellen Nell (née Wheeler) Burnett. Throughout his life, he was devoted […]

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Oblate Formation»

Priest: Why holy water comes with me whenever I travel (0)

Fr. Edward Looney explains why he brings holy water with him into every hotel room, and shares the prayers he prays. Every now and again, I have the opportunity to travel and speak at conferences, sharing about Mary’s importance in the spiritual life. When I do so, I usually have to spend the night in […]

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Rule»

What is Success? (Comments Off)

A few years ago a man who was compiling a book entitled Success wrote and asked me to contribute a statement on how I got to be a success. I replied indignantly that I was not able to consider myself a success in any terms that had a meaning to me. I swore I had […]

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St Benedict»

St. Benedict: Father of Western Monasticism (Comments Off)

(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 […]

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Work of God»

Remembering the dead at every meal (0)

An important tradition that pays homage to the faithful departed. Many families maintain a tradition of invoking God’s blessing upon their food before eating. It is a simple way of thanking God for the bounty he has provided, recognizing his providential hand in our daily care. It is a Catholic tradition to add to this […]

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