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Noon Prayer with George Herbert


How fresh, oh Lord, how sweet and clean

Are thy returns! even as the flowers in spring;

To which, besides their own demean,

The late-past frosts tributes of pleasure bring.

Grief melts away

Like snow in May,

As if there were no such cold thing.

Who would have thought my shriveled heart

Could have recovered greenness? It was gone

Quite underground; as flowers depart

To see their mother-root, when they have blown,

Where they together

All the hard weather,

Dead to


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St Henry Morse the “Priest of the Plague”

St Henry Morse, the “Priest of the Plague”, is someone particularly apropos for this time as he spent himself in tireless service and devotion to victims of the plague in 17th century England before he was eventually martyred for his faith at Tyburn. His example to us is important at this time.

May we endeavor to selflessly help those not only directly affected by the Corona virus, but


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Spain’s first Byzantine monastery

Interesting news for the Byzantine world! ” Archaeological experts from the University of Alicante in Spain have recently identified the first Byzantine monastery ever found on the Iberian peninsula,” located in the area of Elda, Alicante.

Read the story.


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Benedictines are our memory

Some Lenten meditation. While the Bishop’s letter speaks directly to the vocations monks and nuns there is much wisdom that oblates and members of Communion and Liberation can draw on.

Thanks to Dom Thomas of Marmion Abbey who works at the Pontifical Greek College, Rome.

A beautiful letter by Bishop Aiello of Avellino

Monastics’ gift to Italy

Letter to the nuns and monks:

We turn to you, sisters and brother monks, to ask for your prayers, to support your


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St Benedict

Saint Benedict is a spiritual master who zeros-in on the key spiritual teaching of Christianity: nothing is preferred to the love of Christ. We do this by making a total gift of self, by a life of humility and forgetting self thus putting on the new person.

Saint Bernard’s only sermon Benedict says: “His holiness will preach to us, his offering of himself instructs us, his justice encourages us.”

Benedict and the charism he has bequeathed to us is


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St Patrick’s mission

A poem for the feast of St Patrick by Neil Fitzpatrick

Come out!

Come out!

Wherever you are!

Out from the grievous prison of self,

Back to the gorgeous presence of God

From which we were driven so long ago.


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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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