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Monks and friars and how to tell them apart

I used to work in an area of London called Blackfriars. It took its name from the monks of the priory built there in 1276. The Black Friars were Dominicans and wore black habits. 804 more words

Fourteenth Century

What is the Rule of St. Benedict, and Why Would it Interest Me?

Written By Jon M. Sweeney


Perhaps you’ve heard of it, or him.

Meet St. Benedict of Nursia. A simple Italian monk of the sixth century. More than 1500 years ago he composed his now famous Rule for monastic life. 1,259 more words


The structure of the Roman Office remained untouched in every important aspect from the 4th or 5th until the beginning of the 20th century. The repertory grew, the number of antiphons and responsories became multiplied during the centuries: If we count with an old repertory that contained the per annum antiphons and the responsories taken from the Psalter, the psalmic pieces of some great solemnities and the common of saints, then the size can be estimated to be no more than 4—5 hundred antiphons and 2-3 hundred responsories in St Benedict’s time.

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“Now is the hour”: How one sentence from a saint could change your entire life

The wisdom was contained in a single sentence. It came from the quill of a saint nearly fifteen hundred years ago. And yet it made me think twice about the way I was living my life. 719 more words


Day #6: Lectio Divina

If God were to speak to you right now, at this very moment, what do you think he would say?  Chances are, you would be wrong. 2,101 more words


Thoughts on the Electoral College

This will be the first part in a series on the Electoral College. As November is getting closer I thought it might be appropriate to take a look at some popular arguments for getting rid of the electoral college. 1,160 more words