This little book is a collection of suggestions and who knows maybe one will turn out to be just the thing that makes all the difference. These are strictly my experiences and opinions. I hope that they will be of some assistance to you as you try get closer to God. It is strictly my reflections on my daily prayer practices and my prayer life which have been extremely productive.
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Sort order. Feb 28, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: 4review , audiobook , not-for-me , non-fiction , spiritual-philisophical. Near as I can tell, this book is for folks who are already Benedictine Oblates, or at least have a solid idea of what one is. The author provides his experiences and opinions on such a spiritual life.
If you read the book blurb on Goodreads or Audible, it seems this book is meant to spark ideas or conversation for folks already living the life as Oblates or considering doing so.
So I went Near as I can tell, this book is for folks who are already Benedictine Oblates, or at least have a solid idea of what one is. So I went to the Wikipedia Article to educate myself. While the book blurb says this little book would be useful for beginners to experts, I will say this is better suited to the expert, or at least someone who has a solid idea of many of the practices, prayers, and religious terms used. I do not and therefore, felt lost much of the time.
That definitely applies here and that is a positive message. However, the author does tend to ramble. Several times, the author refers to his past job where he worked and lived on a boat, before he got an office job and became an Oblate. Personally, I think this would be a fascinating tale: what he and his life were like on that boat and then how things shifted to what he does today. Why did he decide to leave the ship life? What was hard and easy about doing so? How did he become an Oblate and what he finds easy and hard about that?
You never know; the author could be planning to write such a thing.
Then folding this little book into that would make it make sense. So if you have any interest in the subject of Oblates, this could give you a small taste of what that role in society and church means. Narration: Valerie Gilbert did a good job with this narration.
She presented the book in a clear and thoughtful voice. Halfway across the country, the red brick bell tower of Mount St. Still, it has three times as many lay associates as sisters. Monasteries across the country are experiencing a similar trend.
While oblates have been around in one form or another almost as long as the Rule of St. This trend marks both an opportunity and a challenge for the Benedictine way of life. And, as the order with one of the longest histories accepting lay associates including Dorothy Day and novelist Walker Percy , how Benedictines adapt to the growing number of oblates will serve as a model for other orders. Oblates have existed in some form for centuries. Often they were persons of limited means who shared in the manual labor of a monastic community.
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Only in recent decades have professional men and women seized the oblate role as a way of sharing in the life of a monastery while still living outside of it. In , the most recent year that statistics are available, there were 25, oblates worldwide, according to International Benedictine Oblates, a website that tracks oblates across the globe. The number includes nearly 11, in the United States. By contrast, there were 22, monks and women religious worldwide, according to the and Catalogus Monasteriorum OSB. The number of oblates has likely increased in the ensuing years, while the number of monks and sisters has declined, as few who die are replaced with new vocations.
Like monks and sisters, oblates follow the Rule of St. Benedict, the classic guide for seeking God through prayer, work, hospitality, humility, community, and quietude. Oblates take vows similar to those of professed members, including vows of stability promising to remain affiliated with one particular monastery and conversatio morum, a commitment to seek constant conversion through a life of service and holiness. Oblates can be married. Most work. They include members of other Christian denominations as well as Catholics.
Many strive to follow the daily monastic prayer regimen of the Liturgy of the Hours, either on their own or with their monastic communities. They regularly practice lectio divina, a method of praying slowly and meditatively with scripture that monks and women religious have used for centuries.
The laypeople seeking a monastic life in the modern world
Behold I am doing something new. Do you not see it? Sister Teresa Jackson, membership director at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho, uses these lines from Isaiah to describe both the opportunities and challenges oblates represent. Several monasteries are experimenting with ways to better integrate oblates into their religious communities. Mount St. Gertrude says. A community indicates mutuality and responsibility. Oblates already play many key roles that would have been unlikely just 50 years ago.
When the sisters of Red Plains Monastery in Piedmont, Oklahoma left several years ago to join the monastic community in Atchison, Kansas, they left behind a number of oblates they had trained to become spiritual directors. At the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Idaho, the chief financial officer is an oblate.
About 20 years ago, Payer walked into Our Lady of Guadalupe for the first time. While there, she wears a simple white dress that serves as a kind of habit. Most oblates wear a pin or oblate medal on a chain. Occasionally an oblate vocation will develop into a religious profession. Camille Wooden was working as a public school teacher when she became one of the 50 oblates at St. Placid Monastery in Lacey, Washington, a community with only 11 sisters. Wooden says she was drawn to Benedictine spirituality because of its emphasis on balance, moderation, and contemplation. In the classroom, Wooden says, she always wore her oblate pin.
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After a period of discernment Wooden decided to enter St. Placid as a novice. The monastery currently has four women in formation to become professed members, a number most monasteries can only wish for. Still, those in formation bring the total number of sisters to only Oblates represent an important part of St.
The oblate life is attracting a growing number of Protestants as well as Catholics. Gregory Peters was raised in an evangelical Baptist church and is now an Anglican priest. He is also an oblate of St.
Peters says he believes there is a place for monasticism in the evangelical Protestant tradition. Peters is also vice president of the American Benedictine Academy, an organization that fosters monastic scholarship and research. Peters regularly brings his evangelical university students to visit monasteries in Rome.