From a fellow Oblate … I have been pretty fragile emotionally ever since our daughter-in-law gave birth to a stillborn son recently. Now Advent is upon us and, of course, Advent is all about anticipating the birth of a son! It has triggered a lot of raw emotions and perplexity. How do I welcome Advent when the experience … More Entering Advent in a Time of Deep Grief
A recent visitor to Mount Saviour sent a letter regarding the spiritual benefits from his retreat, most especially the journey as an oblate novice. He added a copy of what he has shared with others, regarding Benedictine Spirituality. A portion of it follows…. “What can Benedict teach us in 2022? As it is the New Year, … More What can Benedict Teach us in 2022?
By Fr. Michael Perry It doesn’t take a great stretch of imagination to see the story of Jesus previewed in the story of Abraham and Isaac An obedient Son Obedient unto death, even death on the wood he has carried. Like Jesus, obedient to His Father. To die on the cross that He carried. To … More Our Tabor is also transfigured
”It is the silence of eternity that unites the soul with God.” Sister Marie Aimee de Jesus The air was chilled; winds bent the branches of the trees carrying the low hanging clouds across a grey sky as his Brother Monks bore Brother Justin along the pathway, to the repeated single toll of the tower … More Welcome Home
Dear Sister and Brother Oblates of Mount Saviour Monastery, Sadly, on April 4th, our Benedictine brother, Br Justin M. Raphael Young died suddenly. The opening lines of William Couper’s poem reads: “God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.” Br. Justin lived his life with the wonder of God as his center and … More Brother Justin OSB
This clear, fresh afternoon of brilliant fall ,Delights our spirit with new cool air and sun .white clouds above hang quiet and enthrall . There is no wind. We easily go out to run The humming bird does find a fragrant flower;It’s trip so far; we cannot fathom how.The deer, now, finds the corn behind … More Autumn Day
Next Monday, the Feast of St. Benedict, I’ll be renewing my vows at the early morning Mass at my parish church. This has become an annual event. I first asked my pastor—I guess this is seven years ago now—if I might renew them privately with him: show up early; go to Confession; renew; go to … More Vows
[A reflection I’ll be giving at my parish’s Corpus Christi Vigil next Saturday night…] I want to talk about Adam and Eve. I want to talk about the garden. I want to talk about the inexpressible joy of living with God, of walking side by side with God, of having the very breath of God … More Corpus Christi Reflection
I can hardly believe I’m writing this, but: next week at this time, after more than two years, I’ll finally be back at the monastery. I’ve had my bus tickets for weeks and have made the most difficult decision I face for any trip: my reading materials. For spiritual reading I’ve got Cassian and Bernard … More Carving
HUMILITY on Zoom Many thanks to all who organized last night’s Oblate presentation on screen. The discussion and especially the main presenter, Jeffrey, led to much reflection. We all perhaps look forward to future reflections in person at the Monastery.
In case anyone missed this information in the Mount Saviour Monastery Monthly News
Come now, little man,turn aside for a while from your daily employment,escape for a moment from the tumult of your thoughts.Put aside your weighty cares,let your burdensome distractions wait,free yourself awhile for Godand rest awhile in him.Enter the inner chamber of your soul,shut out everything except Godand that which can help you in seeking him.Now, … More Feast of St. Anselm
By Alfred DuBois Hello 0blates, once again I united with the monks of Mount Saviour from my home and the various parish churches that I visit.. Hopefully next year I will be able to attend the Easter vigil, last time it was extremely rewarding and beautifully done. This year, my geographical parish Church has a … More The Great Sabbath Rest
Holy Week always seems to sneak up on me. Just as Lent has pulled me to my core and shown me how meager my efforts at perfection have been to date and that my previous concepts of mercy by no means approach the divine leniency I really need, I’m supposed to start waving a palm … More Holy Week and Heidegger