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Benedict-Vision of SB (c_1360) Giovanni del Biondo

It has been my awesome and humbling privilege to live as a professed Benedictine Oblate for over a decade, (here is what that means) but living so far away from my monastery, and having no Oblate friends nearby, I've always felt like my formation was slip-shod -- half-duncecap, half-seat-of-the-pants.Here at Patheos we're growing our own little community of Oblates -- Father Dwight Longenecker is one, and Margaret Rose Realy is an Oblate Novice (and there are Benedictines in the Faith and … [Read more...]

Acedia and the Help of Saint Benedict

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So, you may have noticed that for the week, I have written nothing. At all. Anywhere.For whatever reason, I have most uncharacteristically been doing battle, all week, with the devilish little blue megrim that is acedia.Actually, "doing battle" sounds romantic and pro-active. It would be more accurate to say I have been whining and unable to work and whining about being unable to work, and wandering around the house ineffectually, and walking the park feeding ducks, and missing my dog, … [Read more...]

Do not Despair; Get a Crucifix

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If you are anxious and despairing and worried, here is my advice: get a crucifix.Not a cross, a crucifix. Get a small one you can keep in your pocket; and another you can keep discreetly at your desk; get one for your home.Keep the crucifix before your eyes, and it will teach you everything. It will train you to the longview.The earthly goings-on that make us anxious and full of despair are a manifestation of the wholly spiritual war that proceeds apace -- continually,though unseen … [Read more...]


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