Greetings Oblates and Professed Brothers & Sisters, Happy Feast Day! St Frances of Rome – March 9th Patroness of Benedictine Oblates Although during Lent, feast days are often subsumed by our Lenten fasting, prayers, works of charity, and our preferential option to serve the anawim of God, I’d like to not forget St. Frances of Rome, … More Blessings on the Feast of the Patroness of Benedictine Oblates-St Frances of Rome
The Chief Rabbi of Ukraine has asked for Christians to recite Psalm 31 aloud. (This is only a small piece of it below) Ukraine has a sizable Jewish minority of at least 50,000 people. Historically the Jewish people have faced a lot of persecution under Russian rule. Psalm 31 21-24 21 Praise be to the … More Psalm 31: 21-24
In Chapter 49 of The Rule. our Holy Father Benedict advises us that “[t]he life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent. Since few, however, have the strength for this, we urge the entire community during these days of Lent to keep its manner of life most pure and to wash away in … More Lent
Before Vigils each morning I put on the coffee, make my bed, and turn on my laptop. I check my email—answer the urgent, delete the spam—and move on to a news site to see what’s going on in the world. This is probably a mistake. By the time my interior Vigils bell has rung, the … More Sihon, Og, et al.
Today is her Feast Day; a special day for women oblates and all. Who knew that God would listen to her prayer, even though her saintly twin brother, Benedict, would not!
I’m off from work this week. Originally I thought I might make it up to the monastery, first time in two years, but I have an online class on Monday night (archdiocesan certification for catechists), my second graders on Saturday, and I didn’t think a mere two full days would address my pressing spiritual needs. … More Retreat
Last week as I was talking about the Call of the First Four Disciples with my second graders, I told them that the thing to note about the story was how quickly and unquestioningly the disciples responded to Jesus’ call. Just as important, I also told them, was to know that all of us are … More Poetic Obedience
St. Anthony is one of those saints recognized by a wide range of honorifics, among them St. Anthony, Abbot, St. Anthony of Egypt, St. Anthony the Anchorite, St. Anthony, Father of Monasticism, and, of course, St. Anthony the Great. Though my favorite remains—and resonates with me particularly on this year’s celebration of his feast—St. Anthony … More Feast: St. Anthony of the Desert
After several years as Oblate Director, Brother Gabriel has handed over the reins to Brother Luke. Before doing so, Brother Gabriel shared a list of Oblate Enrollment for the last few years. He also shared a link to the AIM newsletter, where one can sign up to receive the newsletter, as it is published. Both items are included in … More Oblate Director News
For Oblates who were not able to be at Mount Saviour this weekend, here are some photos by Brother Luke. The icy roads meant only a few people were able to be present for Br. Mark’s and Br. Isaiah’s Solemn Vows. Afterwards there was a simpler celebration than in past times, while at the same time joyful. … More Solemn Vows