Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Warm winter evening (0)

February 27, 2015 • Category: Br. Mark, Poetry

The evening warm for a December day, the air quiet, gentle, comforting in its caress, the woods piled high with the fall’s bounty the leaves spreading their decaying perfume , frankincense like to my perception. In one small part of forest surrounded by small roads on all sides, contains a beautiful Bamboo crop, some tall […]

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By love we make our journey (0)

Eternal life is knowing the true God; the true way to it is to love with one’s whole heart. Love, then, is the way, truth the life; truth is the image, love the likeness; love is the price, truth is the prize; by love we make our journey, in truth we stand fast. Moreover, since […]

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Warm winter evening (0)

The evening warm for a December day, the air quiet, gentle, comforting in its caress, the woods piled high with the fall’s bounty the leaves spreading their decaying perfume , frankincense like to my perception. In one small part of forest surrounded by small roads on all sides, contains a beautiful Bamboo crop, some tall […]

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Church Fathers»

St. Anthony the Great, Father of Monasticism (Comments Off)

. . . Aware of the historical period in which he lived and of the change that was taking place – from pagan Rome to Christian Rome – in a period of profound crisis, Leo the Great knew how to make himself close to the people and the faithful with his pastoral action and his […]

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Measles are making a comeback, so what does the Church teach about vaccines? (Comments Off)

Denver, Colo., Jan 29, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Disneyland is supposed to be the Happiest Place on Earth, not the place where you contract a highly contagious, once-eradicated disease. Unfortunately, that is what happened at Disneyland in California, starting back in December. The measles virus, likely carried by a tourist from a foreign […]

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Desert Wisdom»

Weep for the Sinner (0)

A brother questioned Abba Poemen in this way, ‘My thoughts trouble me, making me put my sins aside, and concern myself with my brother’s faults.’ The old man told him the following story about Abba Dioscorus, ‘In his cell he wept over himself, while his disciple was sitting in another cell. When the latter came […]

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Instruction»

Christ Himself is the Truth (0)

Those who are quickened to a divine life in Christ, by His Spirit, enter into intimate communion with the Truth. They possess the Truth. Truth lives in their entire being and manifests itself in all their activities, body and soul. The “Truth has made them free.” Christ Himself is the Truth. And to achieve this […]

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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 […]

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Liturgy of the Hours»

Why the Psalms (Comments Off)

(The Church) recommends the Psalms to her priests, her monks, her nuns, and her lay people, in order that they may have “the mind of Christ”, in order that they may develop an interior life which is really the life of the Mother, the Church. It is by singing the psalms, by meditating on them, […]

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Lives of Saints»

St. Basil the Great (Comments Off)

Let us remember today one of the great Fathers of the Church, St Basil, described by Byzantine liturgical texts as “a luminary of the Church”. He was an important Bishop in the fourth century to whom the entire Church of the East, and likewise the Church of the West, looks with admiration because of the […]

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Living the Rule»

What is, is (Comments Off)

As I was talking to Ann about some of my difficulties with a couple of people I know, going on and one about it as is my wont. She stopped me, looked intently and said: “Why all the arrogance; this need to try to change others”. . Trying to tell others how, or what they […]

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Marian»

Lady of Lourdes: Revelation of God’s goodness (0)

‘I believe Lourdes to be a genuine revelation of the goodness of God to a world which every day stands more and more in need of it.” This was the conclusion of John Oxenham, a non-Catholic in his book The Wonder of Lourdes. Lourdes in 1857 was a town of 5,000 inhabitants, mostly agricultural or […]

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Monastery»

A Letter from the Abbot (Comments Off)

Dear Oblates, Although you have probably known of it for some time, I am happy to bring to your attention the new abbey website: belmontabbey.org. If you have not visited it already, I invite you to do so. As you will see, we now have information on our oblate program as well as a link to […]

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Oblate Formation»

Religion and morality are indispensable supports (0)

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labour to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men & citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious […]

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Rule»

Enter the Meaning of the Psalms (Comments Off)

. . . There is no aspect of the interior life, no kind of religious experience, no spiritual need of the human person that is not depicted and lived out in the Psalms. But we cannot lay hands on these riches unless we are willing to work for them. … We cannot by mere human […]

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St Benedict»

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

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 […]

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Work of God»

The Icon Corner: A How to Guide (Comments Off)

Benedictine Oblates are encouraged to create a “cell” in their own home– a special place set aside only for prayer and for Lectio Divina. This has been a long tradition for the Eastern Rite Churches. This article by Dr. Alexander Roman is a great introduction. Icon corners started out as a characteristically feature of an […]

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