Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

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A lady really down on herself

I was talking to one of our retreatants a few months ago. She is very devout, loving and a caregiver. Yet when we talked she was really hard on herself, filled with revulsion and would not allow anything positive to be said of her. So as she was finished I asked her if she thought […]



If a river was free to leave its path, to be liberated from the restriction of its banks, it would become a destructive force and would eventually cease to exist. A river is a powerful force when it has direction and a place to go to. To simply do whatever we want soon gets boring […]


Living out of our true image and likeness

“Go out to others and share the good news that God, our Father, walks at our side. He frees us from anonymity, from a life of emptiness and selfishness, and brings us to the school of encounter. He removes us from the fray of competition and self-absorption, and he opens before us the path of peace. That peace which is […]



By abusing free choice, man diverted his love from the changeless good, God, and, blinded by his own self-centeredness, he directed his love to what was inferior. Thus withdrawing from the true good and deviating toward what of itself was not good, where he anticipated gain he found loss, and by perversely loving himself he […]