Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

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Life changes and the embracing of hope

There are many joys in life. For me, family, friends and the community I live in are the greatest, for they last a lifetime. True, relationships can be difficult, but imagine life without them. Perhaps one of the greatest tests we all must face is the loss of those we love and cherish. Living in […]

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Why do people come here on retreat?

One day a young woman came into to the retreat house to inquire about coming here for a few days. She had never been on retreat and was wondering if it would be good for her to do so. So she asked me if it was a good idea for her to come. After a […]

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The Middle-Coming of the Lord (Advent 2015)

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us”. This is the meaning of the season, for the Word that became flesh was from the beginning, as is stated in the commencement of the Gospel of John. So if the above is true, then all of human history has been a time of waiting and of […]

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Deep connection with the past

 A surprise meeting in our retreat house Though I do think of my past and its affect on my life, I still underestimate its pull on my inner life.  Last Friday afternoon a couple checked in to our retreat house.  The husband’s name was Mike.  I was at my desk and he asked me if I was the […]

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All places

Is one moment better than another, another place holier than the one I am in, is there one occupation where God is found, or there others less so; this day, that place, are there some where God is more present, others where he is not? We need perhaps places that are holy, yet for God […]

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The struggle

I suppose one of my greatest struggles is to free myself from what others think or feel about me. This has been something that I have worked with from childhood and am not sure actually how much progress I have made in this matter. Like most people, I would like to be understood, my intentions […]

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Bridges

We are interior creatures. We interrupt what goes on around us. These interpretations are influenced by events that perhaps have taken place so far in the past that they are unconsciously forgotten, yet they still aid or hinder us in our everyday lives. For some people this can be a major hindrance if some sort […]

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Enclosed garden

It is enclosed the garden here, a fountain situated facing west, with two fir trees on each side, the water making beautiful melody soothing to anyone who takes the time to listen. The pond filled with plants, wild actually in their profusion, the way I like it, crowded with gold fish and a few coi, […]

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Night sky

It was about two thirty in the morning when I took my walk, I often do when I know that I can’t go back to sleep, and I so love the dark and the beauty of the night skies so walks at that time are second nature for me. Stars above, clear and close, awake […]

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Intuition and faith

I think that it is important on the spiritual path, to trust ones intuition when encountering some kind of problem with the faith, images of God, or simply what is told by Father, or some other spiritual authority. As we mature in the faith and also experience, we have more to draw from than is […]

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