Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

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Talk on Grief

There is one experience that most of us are not spared from, it often starts as a child when our innocence is shattered when the reality of how something that we love can be taken away, for most it can begin with the death of a beloved pet, or perhaps we hear of the death […]


Waking up a little bit at a time

Br. Mark, I am devastated! I lost the love of my life, my soul mate!—Michael S. It was Thursday, late for here in our retreat house, about 5 PM, when I heard a knock on our front door. I have noticed that as I age that I am more in touch with my ‘inner cranky […]


We have one life

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.—Buddha When dealing with grief as we are this weekend, people come together who have become diligent. The temporal nature of ‘things’, of people, our health and yes, youth and […]


In this world, there is always a price to pay

“I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.”—Anne Morrow Lindbergh Emily is one of the presenters for this weekends retreat. As we were talking over the […]


Grace and gift giving (What I learned from my Dad)

In 1983 my mother died at the age of 63. It was not a sudden death. On my home visit in 1982 she told me that she had about a year to live. She was worried however about dad because he kept thinking she would get better. So when mom died it hit my dad […]