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Pope Leo the Great

BLOG: Our Profit Matches Our Toil

Week 34 of Ordinary Time, Monday (November 26, 2012), we heard a sermon from (one of my very favorites!)  Pope St. Leo I, the Great.  Leo I reigned as Pope from 440-461.  Leo I was the first of the popes to be given the title “the Great.”  This blog is not intended as a biographical…

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BLOG: St. Benedict’s New Year’s Resolution

Whether the making of New Year’s resolutions was part of the culture or practice of St. Benedict in the sixth century, a passage in his Rule for Monasteries would make a good resolution: “Clothed with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on the Lord’s paths, with the Gospel for our…

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The Way of a Crucifix

When a new monastery is begun, the members of this new community are usually given a fairly large crucifix by the founding community to carry with them and use in their new home. This crucifix will hang in a prominent place in the new monastery. Here at Subiaco you can see our Foundation Cross which…

St. Thomas More

The King’s Good Servant, but God’s First

St. Sir Thomas More lived from 1478-1535 and rose to prominence during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII (1491-1547; r. 1509-1547).  More had considered a religious vocation during the early years of his life, but instead opted for a career as a lawyer.  More first became known to the future Henry VIII, when the…

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O Antiphons!

Christmas preparations are well underway in our culture long before the liturgical season of Advent begins, but some of the best aids for truly getting ready are unfamiliar to most people. This is because the commercial campaign leaps from Thanksgiving to Christmas right over Advent without noticing it.  And if we are mesmerized by the…