Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Tag Archive for ‘communication’

True communication

Where men live huddled together without true communication, there seems to be greater sharing, and a more genuine communion. But this is not communion, only immersion in the general meaninglessness of countless slogans and cliches repeated over and over again so that in the end one listens without hearing and responds without thinking. The constant […]

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Dealing with self-talk

All I want is to figure things out, give me the bottom line! Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Mark 4:38 A small group here in the Monastery is meeting and talking about “Non-Violent-Communication”. It is a […]

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Put Down that Phone

Put down the phone and really listen to someone else. With eye contact. — 56 Ways of Mercy, Aleteia I spent Friday evening with five of my children, while my husband took the other four on a trip to visit relatives for a special occasion. Those who stayed behind did so because of obligations during […]

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Bear in ourselves the fury of the world against Christ

The great question then is how do we communicate with the modern world? If in fact communication has been reduced to pseudo-­communication, to the celebration of pseudo-events and the irate clashing of incompatible myth-systems, how are we to avoid falling into this predicament? How are we to avoid the common obsession with pseudo-events in order […]

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Incorrect translation of the synod report creates chaos

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2014 / 11:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An incorrect translation into English of the original midterm report of the Synod on the Family may have spurred controversial interpretations of the document itself. The document’s original version was written in Italian, which Pope Francis directed to be used as the official language of […]

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Facebook: Oblates of St. Benedict?

At the last meeting a number of Oblates came very early expecting Mass. They reported getting their information from a “Belmont Abbey Oblate Facebook page.” In discussing the various means of communication for the Oblate Program, the Abbot expressly forbid the use of Facebook in favor of a traditional website. We live in a country […]

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Church can learn social media tips from Jesus

Houston, Texas, Aug 18, 2014 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If Christianity could be contained in one tweet, it might read: God creates man, man sins against God, God sends his only Son into the world to bring man back to Him.It’s a difficult task to fit the entire Gospel into 140 characters or less. […]

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Pope focuses on best way to use social media

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2013 / 11:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has asked people to use social networking sites “responsibly” and “with respect,” given the growing number of people who are becoming internet dependent. “These spaces, when engaged in a wise and balanced way, help to foster forms of dialogue and debate which, […]

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The wonder of writing

Writing at one time in my life was something that I actually hated to do.  In school it was something you did for grade credit, which was of course work, though if truth be told…. at times I have to say I did enjoy it.  Then there were letters, which I have never liked writing, […]

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Forget the nit-picking

There are times, in all of our walks with God, in Catholicism, when we have something to say. There may be a matter, at church, to be blunt, that we don’t much like. There may even be scandal. Sometimes, it’s just a personal preference. We may be agitated at the length of a homily. Or […]

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