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Origins of Halloween

We’ve all heard the allegations. Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped Church suppression. Even today modern pagans and witches continue to celebrate this ancient festival. If you let your kids go trick-or-treating, they will be worshiping the devil and pagan gods. Nothing could be […]

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St. Odo of Cluny

. . . St Odo was a true spiritual guide both for the monks and for the faithful of his time. In the face of the “immensity of the vices widespread in society, the remedy he strongly advised was that of a radical change of life, based on humility, austerity, detachment from ephemeral things and […]

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Peter the Venerable

. . . this holy monk is certainly a great example of monastic holiness, nourished from the sources of the Benedictine tradition. For him, the ideal of the monk consists in “adhering tenaciously to Christ” (Ep. 53, loc. cit., p. 161), in a cloistered life distinguished by “monastic humility” (ibid.) and hard work (Ep. 77, […]

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Reading the Cistercian Fathers

This is a continuation of an interview with Fr. Michael Casey, OSCO January, 2010. Br Chris:  How do you recommend reading the Cistercian Fathers? Fr Michael Casey:  It depends on the individual.  Some people you give them a reading list and they read it, other people you give them a reading list and they don’t […]

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All Souls: Our hope is founded on Christ’s sacrifice

1. This year, when we are celebrating the millennium of the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, established by St Odilo, fifth Abbot of Cluny, . . ., when the Church joyfully celebrates the communion of saints and human salvation, St Odilo urged his monks to say special prayers for all the dead, thus mysteriously […]

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St. Odo an Example of Joy Amid a Society of Vice

Vatican City, Sep 2, 2009 / 11:16 am (CNA).- Although society was filled with an “immensity of vices” during his time, St. Odo was able to encourage the faithful to live the faith with joy, Pope Benedict said at the general audience today as he continued his series of teachings on the medieval saints. Focusing […]

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Cluny Abbey to begin 1100th anniversary celebrations on Saturday

Cluny, France, Sep 10, 2009 / 03:18 am (CNA).- The French city of Cluny is preparing to begin a year of celebrations for the 1100th anniversary of the famous Cluny Abbey. The abbey, founded in the year 910, was instrumental in the spread of Christianity and the development of monasticism in Europe in the Middle […]

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Odo, Maiolus, Odilio, Hugh, and Peter the Venerable, Abbots of Cluny

Today we celebrate the feast of five great Benedictine saints, all abbots of Cluny, France. Much of their writing are lost to us but during their time Cluny was the mother house of over 1,000 other Benedictine monasteries. The monasteries and convents they founded ranged across western Europe from England to Spain, to France, Germany […]

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