Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Tag Archive for ‘retreat’

The give and take during retreats

you only get what you put in Watching the dynamic process that happens when a group comes for retreats is fascinating. The size of these groups can go from 4 participants to 45. No matter the size, when people come together to listen, learn as well as to participate, there is often a deep bonding […]

Share

The man with the prayer-shawl

Compline is our last prayer service (or divine office) of the day. It is at 7:30 and probably the most beautiful of our services. We pray the same prayers for Compline every night, so during the time of the year when the days are shorter it is sung in the dark. It is also for […]

Share

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 […]

Share

What makes a place holy?

People go to Monasteries for many reasons. Many are tourist and have their own personal reactions to what they see. For some it is a curiosity, sort of like going to Stone Mountain, or some other site of interest, with each visitor having their own unique take on what they allow in. Some people find […]

Share

The beauty of people

When talking about the beauty of people, it is of course something that is based on personal experience. I believe that when people come to a Monastery, or some other place to become more centered, or to get close to God….and as well as working through some particular problem, they come with an openness that […]

Share

Silent retreats’ rising popularity poses a challenge: How to handle the quiet

The headline in the monthly Ward 5 newspaper described what sounded like an antidote to the nonstop iPhone-checking, list-making, ladder-climbing, goal-setting, Washington mind-set: “Refuge for the Metropolitan Hermit.” The article described a postage stamp of a cabin, urbanely designed and gloriously sunlit, standing alone amid four acres of maples and white oaks on a protected […]

Share

Levels of Humility

As Jesus passed on from there,He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. (Matthew 9:9) . . . Today, with the celebration of Palm Sunday, we enter into the holiest week of the year. Over the next five days […]

Share

December 4: Advent Morning Of Reflection

Come “prepare the way of the Lord” in your mind and heart with our very special Advent Morning of Reflection, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on December 4th in the Haid Theatre at Belmont Abbey College. Coffee will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. Our reflection leaders will be Dr. Ronald Thomas and Father Anselm Ramelow, […]

Share

Opportunities for Retreats

Each Oblate is encouraged to make a retreat or Day of Recollection at least once a year. Belmont Abbey offers two Day of Recollections each year, one during Advent and once again during Lent. You may also contact Br. Edward if you would like to make a private retreat at (704) 461- 6693. In addition […]

Share