What Is A Benedictine Oblate?
Oblates are Christian men or women, laity or ordained, married or single, who live in the world, affiliate with a specific Benedictine community, and pledge to live in accord with the spirit of the Rule of Saint Benedict and be faithful witnesses of Christ by word and example. The Benedictine motto is:
“That in all things God may be glorified”
What Is The Benedictine Approach To Life? (Benedictine Spirituality)
Embrace and live the message of the Gospel as it is presented in the Rule of Benedict.
Strive to live a balanced life of prayer, work, study, leisure.
Value and support each member of the Benedictine community while bringing Christ and the spirit of monasticism into our family, workplace, and civic or social activities.
Hold one another accountable to the promises we have made in our final Act of Oblation.
How does one become a Benedictine Oblate?
After a time of preparation as a Novice Oblate (typically one year) the candidate becomes an Oblate of St. Benedict. The final Act of Oblation is made once, such as the following:
Peace. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I (Name) offer myself to Almighty God and to our Holy Father Benedict as an Oblate of (Name of Community) and promise, as my state in life permits: Stability of Heart, Fidelity to the Spirit of the Monastic Life, and Obedience to the Will of God. I pray that God will strengthen me in my faith, that I may persevere in my holy resolution to serve God and humanity in accord with the spirit of the Rule of Saint Benedict, as my state in life permits. And may God reward me, according to His promises, with the vision of His glory for all eternity. Amen.
As an Oblate of St. Benedict (March 2019).....affliated with Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, MN.....I continue my daily life...as father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, neighbor and, as my wife Margaret (Memory Eternal 7/12/2015) described me years ago - “a wandering Finnish nomad” ....with a changed and ever-changing perspective about my journey on this good earth as an Oblate of Saint Benedict...so that “in all things God may be glorified.” 1 Peter 4:11
I pray that God will strengthen me in my faith, that I may persevere in my holy resolution to serve God and humanity in accord with the spirit of the Rule of Saint Benedict, as my state in life permits. Amen
David Neff, OblSB
The Oblates’ Prayer
O Loving God, I ask your blessing this day on all the Oblates of Saint Benedict and those with whom we are affiliated.
Help us to become people of prayer and peace. Though scattered far and wide, help us to be together in the spirit of your love.
Give us hearts wide enough to embrace each other as well as those whose lives we touch. Enable us to listen and to learn from each other and those around us each day.
May we be models in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities of wise stewardship, dignified human labor, sacred leisure, and reverence for all living things.
Above all, O God, may our presence among others be a constant witness of justice, compassion, and hope to all. Amen.