The Benedictine Oblate Journey

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The Benedictine Approach To Life

* Lectio
Traditional lectio divina (prayerful reading of scripture) prepares us to approach our lived experience contemplatively.

* Hospitality
The practice of hospitality opens us to receive God in unexpected ways when we welcome others as Christ.

* Stability
Yielding to God's presence in the givens of life, staying with rather than escaping our experiences, frees us to be fully alive in the now.

* Conversion of Life
Accepting that we are called to continual conversion increases our desire to listen and be faithful to God's call.

What is an Oblate of Saint Benedict?

 Oblates are Christian men or women, lay or ordained, married or single, who seek to integrate the spirit of Saint Benedict in daily life. After a time of preparation as a Novice Oblate, the candidate becomes an Oblate of St. Benedict, affiliates with a specific Benedictine monastic community, and commits to applying in daily life the characteristic monastic principles, following The Rule of St. Benedict,.... by word and example a witness of Christ to everyone: family, friends, neighbors, strangers.

“Oblates should remember that they are not of the world, though living in it; that worldly, nonchalant attitudes are not becoming to them; and that to gain in their apostolate to the people of the world, they have only to put into their manners, their gestures and their words that reserve and that politeness which are the natural expression of a sentiment of reverence towards God present everywhere—present in us, present in our brethren.”

- Commentary for Benedictine Oblates: On the Rule of Saint Benedict   (D.A. Simon)