The Benedictine Way of Life
A Benedictine Way of Life for All
The wisdom and practice of the Benedictine way of life has significant application
for persons in whatever life vocation God calls them. For this very reason, St.
Paul's Monastery invites people to form a relationship with the monastic community
as a way to incorporate Benedictine wisdom and values into their lives and careers
in the world. People who do this are called Oblates.
The word 'oblate' means offering. We use it to identify those
who offer themselves to God in association with a monastic community. Oblates
experience God's call to embrace a personal rule of life that guides them in the
particular circumstances of their lives. As an Oblate, a person develops a secular
life rich in Benedictine joy and encouragement supported by prayer, reflective
reading and a new attitude toward one's work.
of St. Benedict serves as an invitation to open our hearts to God. It
summons us to recognize our responsibility in the world and the proper use of
resources. Above all, the Rule reminds us of the fundamental value of living
our lives in search and service of God, preferring nothing to the love of Christ.
The History of the Oblates of St. Benedict
Click here to learn more, courtesy of Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Click here to learn about St. Frances the patron saint of Oblates.
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