What is an Oblate of St. Benedict
Guidelines for Oblates

Oblate Spirituality

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What is an Oblate of St. Benedict?

Oblates of St. Benedict are Christian individuals or families who have associated themselves with a Benedictine community in order to enrich their Christian way of life. Oblates shape their lives by living the wisdom of Christ as interpreted by St. Benedict. Oblates seek God by striving to become holy in their chosen way of life. By integrating their prayer and work, they manifest Christ's presence in society.

Guidelines for Oblates

  • Oblates strive to be loyal and active members of Christ and his Church.
  • Oblates strive for their own continued Christian renewal and improvement
  • Oblates strive to be men and women of practical spirituality
  • Oblates strive to be men and women of prayer
  • Oblates strive to be men and women of Christian virtue
  • Oblates foster a spirit of community
  • Oblates are men and women of peace

Oblate Spirituality

Benedictine Oblates seek God in association with a monastic community: as individuals and as members of a body, they grow in love of God, neighbor and self. With the Rule of St. Benedict as their guide, Oblates adopt values that are part of the very fabric of Christian spirituality, such as, spending time daily reflecting on the Sacred Scriptures; cultivating an awareness of the presence of God in silence; devoting time to the praise of God; performing acts of mortification. An acquaintance with these and other Christian values presented in the Rule of St. Benedict will enable Oblates to attain that special peace and joy that Christ came to bring and promised to all who follow him.

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