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A Super Bowl Takeaway

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 2/08/18

There were many people celebrating the Philadelphia Eagle’s victory on Sunday night. I’m sure there were Philly fans across the country celebrating the first Super Bowl win in decades. Additionally, I’m sure there were many others who were just happy to see that Tom Brady and the Patriots did ... Read More »

“So they left their father Zebedee in the boat …”

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 1/18/18

I love the Gospel of Mark! It is the shortest of Gospels—only 16 chapters in all—and yet it is not for lack of quality or quantity. Each line is packed with meaning and depth. For example, in this week’s Gospel it says: “Then he called them. So they left ... Read More »

Pondering the Mystery

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 12/28/17

Merry Christmas! It's finally here! Even with the shortest Advent Season possible, Christmas still seemed so far away for so long. Although the rest of America has been listening to Christmas music and hanging decorations since Thanksgiving (or earlier!), for the Church, we are just beginning to celebrate. I ... Read More »

Gaudete! Rejoice!

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 12/16/17

Happy Gaudete Sunday, where the Church pauses halfway through our preparation for Christmas and recognizes the need to heed the words of St. Paul: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4).

This is a powerful part of our Church's liturgical wisdom, which recognizes that this time of ... Read More »

St. Benedict on Work - Part 3

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 12/01/17

“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness,” said the twentieth century American author Napoleon Hill. I would guess that this quote resonates with a lot of people who have come across situations in life where they have been called to go ... Read More »


Posted by Carol Dolinar on 11/17/17

It sure is good to be home! For the past five years I have had the opportunity to study in the heart of the Church in Rome. It has been an incredible opportunity to really encounter the Church and to learn from everything that she has to offer, such ... Read More »

St. Benedict on Work - Part 2

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 11/03/17

On October 31, 1517, Brother Martin Luther allegedly nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. There is actually a lot of evidence to prove that this never actually happened and is, in fact, a later Protestant legend. Nonetheless, October 31st stands as the day that ... Read More »

St. Benedict on Work - Part 1

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 10/20/17

Ora et labora - Latin for prayer and work¾is a motto that is associated with the Benedictine community. Although St. Benedict is not the actual author of that motto, it still has come to fit their community life in a powerful way of recognizing not only the balance but ... Read More »

St. Benedict on Prayer Part 4

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 9/28/17

How easy it is to go on auto-pilot! When I first moved in to St. Benedict the Abbot, I had a pretty good knowledge of a couple of the main roads: Interstate 79, 19 and East McMurray Road. The back roads, however, posed a problem. I had to rely ... Read More »

St. Benedict on Prayer Part 3

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 9/09/17

Recently I’ve been captivated by several online videos capturing powerful performances from shows like America’s Got Talent, The Voice, etc. These videos can be so moving in the stories of these individuals, what has motivated them to step forward, the song they select, and then_of course_their performance! There is ... Read More »