by Alfred Dubois Work, Study and Prayer – Essential for a Benedictine monk or oblate. During the decline in Rome, Saint Benedict saw the need for Work-in a society that was ravaged by decadence, despair and sin. In today’s world, we do not have a Saint Benedict so we depend on the “media” for our … More Work and the Glory of God
“Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy” Greetings in Christ’s Peace, “…the way to self-fulfillment is self-donation; only a love stronger than death will satisfy.” — Blessed Maria Gabriella [from David P. Lavich, OCSO, (Trans.). (2019). “The Letters of Blessed Maria Gabriella with the Notebooks of Mother Pia Gullini,” (p. ix). Athens, OH: Cistercian … More “Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy”- Blessed Maria Gabriella O.C.S.O.
By Stuart-John Tigchelaar October 17 – 20, 2019 Oblate Retreat Mount Saviour Monastery “It is a matter of becoming. You are always becoming.” So said Brother Pierre as he spoke to us on the “Historical and musical perspectives on the psalms and song life at Mount Saviour.” And, he continued, “The music embraces … More Notes on Oblate Gathering
In just a few weeks we’ll be gathering again for our annual retreat. This year we have an extra day starting October 17, to explore, visit, pray and immerse ourselves in our theme of Psalm and Song in the Life of Mount Saviour. Registrations are going very well. Please, if you discover that you cannot … More 2019 Retreat Reminder
[A snippet from my personal journal that I thought I’d share. I hope it is appropriate to do so. + In Nomine Domini +] Yesterday, I had a doctor’s appointment in a large city an hour train ride from my home. I mistakenly thought the appointment was for 11:30 am, only to find upon arrival … More St. Benedict’s Transitus (His “Passing Over”) March 21, 2019
Prior Brother John’s Opening Remarks, Oblate Retreat Mount Saviour Monastery October 12 – 14 2018 Drawn from Oblates reflections who were at the fourth world Congress of Oblates at Rome, November 2017 What is the future of … More 2018 Oblate Retreat Opening Remarks
The Transitus of St Benedict (shared on 3/21/17) “Today we celebrate the feast of St Benedict’s Transitus, his passing from this world to the next, with the sober joy characteristic of all Benedictine festivities, especially during Lent. The account Gregory the Great gives of his death in Book II of The Dialogues is strangely moving, … More The Transitus of St Benedict