Winter morning

First Things

I have always been an early riser, except in the winter when the dark, cold early mornings tempt me to remain under the warm covers for just a few minutes longer. Over the past year, a friend and I established a new pattern, although it happened somewhat by chance. We…

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St. Benedict in his cave at Subiaco, Italy

Pandemic Sheltering and St. Benedict

It was a dark and stormy night. Yes, it really was. It was Thursday, March 12, 2020. Watching the local evening news, we decided to begin pandemic sheltering at home the next day. Coronavirus had arrived on our doorstep. As the rain pelted the windows, it seemed a precursor for…

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Oblates make their final oblation to the community

Monks and Oblates: A Sacred Relationship

As the current Oblate Director for my community, I always am amazed when I interview someone desiring to become a Benedictine Oblate. Usually the person already has read the Rule of St. Benedict, prayed the Liturgy of the Hours, practiced lectio divina, and participated in service ministries in his/her church…

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