Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel: The Origin and the Music (0)

December 21, 2014 • Category: Oblate Formation

Every traveler has had the experience while still far from home on a cold night. Along the road, we pass a home where light streams forth. A party must be going on, for cars surround the house and people fill it. We feel a certain pang in passing, because we long especially at that time […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

Not Two but Three Comings of the Lord (0)

We know that there are three comings of the Lord. The third lies between the other two. It is invisible, while the other two are visible. In the first coming he was seen on earth, dwelling among men; he himself testifies that they saw him and hated him. In the final coming all flesh will […]

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Shallow sport (0)

So easy to forget what we are about, or perhaps forgetting is not the point, for if truth be told it seems we don’t know. Money, power and yes, sex seems to be a main concern, only the veneer important, the body, clothes, the car we drive, the face we put out to others lest […]

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Church Fathers»

The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God (0)

John Damascene was able serenely to deduce: “God, who is good, and greater than any goodness, was not content with the contemplation of himself, but desired that there should be beings benefited by him, who might share in his goodness: therefore he created from nothing all things, visible and invisible, including man, a reality visible […]

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Every five minutes, a Christian dies in the Middle East (0)

Madrid, Spain, Dec 12, 2014 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Gabriel Nadaf is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. He lives in Nazareth and faces death threats for publicizing the state of Christians in the Middle East. Fr. Nadaf has a 24-hour security escort, the highest level of protection offered by Israeli authorities. […]

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Desert Wisdom»

Speak a word; how are we to be saved? (0)

The brethren came to the Abba Anthony and said to him, ‘Speak a word; how are we to be saved?’ The old man said to them, ‘You have heard the Scriptures. That should teach you how.’ But they said, ‘We want to hear from you too, Father.’ Then the old man said to them, ‘The […]

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Instruction»

The cult of pure illusion (Comments Off)

One of the most widespread errors of our time is a superficial “personalism” which identifies the “person” with the external self, the empirical ego, and devotes itself solemnly to the cultivation of this ego. But this is the cult of a pure illusion, the illusion of what is popularly imagined to be “personality” or worse […]

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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»

Pope St. Leo the Great (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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Living the Rule»

Posturing (Comments Off)

So many people with strong opinions, all this hubris, for what? So little understood so much surety about ones stance, showing disdain for the masses, usually it seems , it is always someone else, whom belong to that throng, the speaker exempt adolescent posturing, so called rational men and women, degrading themselves by their arrogance. […]

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Marian»

Mary: A Model For Our Pilgrim Way (0)

3. “In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country…” (Lk 1:39). The words of the Gospel story have once more brought before the eyes of our hearts the young maiden of Nazareth as she makes her way to that “city of Judah” where her kinswoman Elizabeth lived, in order to […]

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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»

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel: The Origin and the Music (0)

Every traveler has had the experience while still far from home on a cold night. Along the road, we pass a home where light streams forth. A party must be going on, for cars surround the house and people fill it. We feel a certain pang in passing, because we long especially at that time […]

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Rule»

Self Fusion and Human Personality (Comments Off)

The root of personality is to be sought in the “true Self” which is manifested in the basic unification of consciousness in which subject and object are one. Hence the highest good is “the self’s fusion with the highest reality.”* Human personality is regarded as the force which effects this fusion. The hopes and desires […]

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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 (0)

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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