Browsing Ora et labora by Fr. Adam

Thanksgiving

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 »

St. Benedict on Prayer Part 2

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 8/25/17

As the old saying goes: “There are no atheists in foxholes.” I still believe there is truth to that, but maybe not as categorically true as I once thought. In a post-Christian secular world, even in the most extreme situations, there is not necessarily the same natural recourse to ... Read More »

St. Benedict on Prayer (Part 1)

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 8/11/17

St. Benedict the Abbot has so much that he can teach us on prayer. One dimension of prayer that he can offer us is trusting that prayer does not have to be creative, new, and extemporaneous. As valuable as those qualities of prayer can be, sometimes “we do not ... Read More »

A Worthy Column Title

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 7/28/17

These first three weeks in the parish have been a whirlwind of amazing experiences and have provided many “firsts.” Along with all of the many sacramental experiences, I’d like to add the responsibility of not only being asked to write a bulletin column, but also to name that column…permanently! ... Read More »

Fr. Adam--Who am I?

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 7/14/17

When I first started thinking about being a priest at about the age of thirteen, I was a bit nervous and yet excited all at the same time. I decided that the best thing to do would be to go to a priest that I looked up to and ... Read More »