Come join our Oblate program.
You may be asking, “What is an Oblate”? Benedictine Oblates are Christian men and women who wish to offer themselves to God through association with a Benedictine Religious Community so as to deepen, strengthen and enrich their Christian Faith.
The word oblation comes from the Medieval Latin word Oblatus, one who offers herself/ himself to a monastery. Benedictine Oblates have been in existence since the 6th century. Their history is fascinating, but that’s for another time.
What does it mean to become an Oblate of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert? As Christian Catholics we know that God first loved us and chose us (Jn. 15:16). He offered up His only begotten Son, to take on our humanity, in obedience unto death on a cross (Phil. 2:6-11), so as to enable us to grow into all that he created us to be. The life of every Christian is a self offering in which with great love and gratitude we respond to His choosing us first.
The Oblate program is a means through which one can grow more deeply into the image and likeness of Christ through Prayer; Lectio Divina (Prayerful reading, meditating and praying with the Scriptures); mutual support with like minded Christians; Discussions; etc.
Most Oblate groups come together once a month at their monastery for Mass, sharing a meal, a spiritual exercise, etc. Each Oblate group is generally organized according to the needs of its members.
O, God, you are my God, for you I long. Ps 63
Our search for God in a deeper and more meaningful way is always a beginning and a never ending facet of our life.
September 19, 2011, was our last Oblate meeting. The theme was “Benedictine Spirituality” focusing on balance in prayer, work and relationship. The schedule included Mass, Teaching, Prayer of Sext, and followed by Questions and Discussions. I look forward to seeing you at our next Oblate meeting. May God fill you with His Peace and abundant Blessings during this Christmas season!
If you would like to know more about the Oblate Program please contact Sister Mary by phone:
505-419-2938 / 505-419-3302
If you are interested in becoming a Oblate please fill out the following form
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