Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

At times (0)

July 22, 2014 • Category: Br. Mark

There are some situations in which the human conditions is experienced in all of its angst and pain. At times communication just cannot be achieved; an impasse is reached, even if both sides have good will. Some times it is simply too much emotion, at others it could be cultural, and then, well, it just […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

One heart and one soul (Comments Off)

Since they have but one heart and one soul and all things in common, there is concord and unanimity throughout, and they always put the general profit and the common good before their own individual convenience. They so far renounce themselves and what is theirs that none of them, if indeed he is truly one […]


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At times (0)

There are some situations in which the human conditions is experienced in all of its angst and pain. At times communication just cannot be achieved; an impasse is reached, even if both sides have good will. Some times it is simply too much emotion, at others it could be cultural, and then, well, it just […]


Church Fathers»

Prudence in Speech (Comments Off)

The tongue should be prudently restrained, but not completely tied up. It is written: Whoever is wise will keep silence until the right moment. In other words, when it is seen that speech would be opportune the censorship of silence is relaxed, and an effort made to speak some appropriate word. Elsewhere it is written: […]


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Catholic News Agency launches mobile app (0)

Denver, Colo., Jul 16, 2014 / 11:09 am (CNA).- Catholic News Agency has announced the launch of its new app, offering direct access to all of its content, free of charge. “Our readers have come to expect free, timely coverage of the Universal Church on our website,” said Marianne Medlin, editor-in-chief of CNA. “Now we’re […]


Desert Wisdom»

What is interior peace, and what use is it? (0)

A brother asked Abba Rufus, ‘What is interior peace, and what use is it?’ Th e old man said, ‘Interior peace means to remain sitting in one’s cell with fear and knowledge of God, holding far off the remembrance of wrongs suffered and pride of spirit. Such interior peace brings forth all the virtues, preserves […]



Discover your own inner ground (0)

The way to find the real ‘world’ is not merely to measure and observe what is outside us, but to discover our own inner ground. For that is where the world is, first of all: in my deepest self. This ‘ground,’ this ‘world’ where I am mysteriously present at once to my own self and […]


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»

Find Your Place in the Psalter using this one Weird Trick! (0)

Okay, so your three year old was playing with the ribbons in your breviary again, and now they’re all pulled out and you don’t remember what week in the Psalter you should be using. Or you got out of the habit of praying the hours for a couple weeks, and want to start up again, […]


Lives of Saints»

St. Henry: Co-Patron of Benedictine Oblates (0)

St. Henry, son of Henry, Duke of Bavaria, and of Gisella, daughter of Conrad, King of Burgundy, was born in 972. He received an excellent education under the care of St. Wolfgang, Bishop of Ratisbon. In 995, St. Henry succeeded his father as Duke of Bavaria, and in 1002, upon the death of his cousin, […]


Living the Rule»

Swallowed (Comments Off)

Its all me, that is the hard learned lesson slowly coming to light, my reactions and sufferings are my own, the world I live in flows from my deep subjectivity making my desire to be objective impossible though it is not a fool’s errand to try. I am often swallowed, devoured like Jonah, the belly […]



Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (0)

The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, celebrated  on July 16, was first instituted in the late 14th century in commemoration of the approval of the rule of the Carmelite Order a hundred years earlier. According to legend, a religious community was established even before the time of Christ on Mount Carmel. This is […]



Feast of Mary, Help of Christians (Comments Off)

This feast celebrating Belmont Abbey’s Patron Saint has a recent modern origin, though it stems from the same roots of turmoil, trial, and thanksgiving as have many other titles and feasts of our Lady. The tradition of this advocation goes back to 1571, when  the whole of Christendom was saved by Mary Help of Christians […]


Oblate Formation»

Don’t Give in to Discouragement (0)

Psychologists tell us that one of the chief evils of our age, an evil apparently less evident in earlier ages, is that of easy defeat. Be this as it may, most people who are honest with themselves would probably have to admit to indulging in despondency. They are fortunate if they have nothing worse to […]



Disobedience separates the soul from God (Comments Off)

By the sin of disobedience man began to be at odds both with God and with himself, and by the just judgement of God, he who did not want peace with God did not find peace in himself. As it is written, ‘You have set me against you, and I am become a burden to […]


St Benedict»

St. Benedict: Through his faith and gentleness the Lord sanctified him (0)

Through his faith and gentleness the Lord sanctified him. These words were written of Moses, but they may today be applied not unfittingly, I think, to blessed Benedict. For since he was filled with the Spirit of all the saints, it is reasonable to believe that he had not a little of Moses’ spirit. If […]


Work of God»

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (0)

I, (Name), a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful […]