Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

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Hold to the Cross as our sail

Abbess Syncletica said, ‘When you have to fast, do not pretend illness. For those who do not fast often fall into real sicknesses. If you have begun to act well, do not turn back through constraint of the enemy, for through your endurance, the enemy is destroyed. Those who put out to sea at first […]


You must first be trained in the “Practical Life”

It is dangerous for anyone to teach who has not first been trained in the “practical life.” For if someone who owns a ruined house receives guests there, he does them harm because of the dilapidation of his dwelling. It is the same in the case of someone who has not first built an interior […]