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Benedictine All Souls

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OSB funeral.jpgIn Benedictine communities around the world today's Liturgical Observance is offered for the souls of all Benedictine monks, nuns, sisters and Oblates in purgatory. 

The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed is Benedictine in origin established by Saint Odilo at the Abbey of Cluny in 998. By the 14th century the observance of All Souls would be celebrated by the Church universal.

The Sacrifice of the Mass, the Divine Office, Rosary and the praying of the 150 psalms helps in the purification of the holy souls in purgatory.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on them.
A great example of religious freedoms being trampled is what's happening with Belmont Abbey College. This is exactly what Archbishop Dolan and Bishop Lori are working on with the new Ad Hoc Committee of the USCCB on Religious Freedom (see previous posts linked on the right).

Belmont Abbey College is being forced by Federal government to provide contraceptives to employees of the College going against the clear, consistent and well-known Catholic teaching. This is not merely the teaching of a small and localized group of "conservative monks" or an over zealous bishop, but the teaching of a global Church founded by Jesus Christ.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is handling the lawsuit.

The story in The Washington Post can be read here.

Let's beg the Holy Spirit's guidance for Abbot Placid Solari, the College President and the lawyers. May Saint Benedict guide the hearts and minds of the monks.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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