Oblate Meetings 2013-14:
A School of the Lord's Service: Building Benedictine Virtues
Inquirers are always welcome.
Choosing for Good and Not Ill
April 12 (Sat.)
Retreat: Persistent Prayer
Stability: Staying and Not Leaving
Here are the slides from the Oblate meeting today, followed by several links and pieces of information that were discussed.
All of the Sisters received Pope Francis’ encyclical The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium on Ash Wednesday, in accordance with the provisions of The Rule in Chapter 48.15-17:
During this time of Lent each one is to receive a book from the library, and is to read the whole of it straight through. These books are to be distributed at the beginning of Lent.
Sister Lois selected this book because she thought that its message and spirituality would be beneficial to the entire community. There is a wonderful strength that comes when an entire group reads and ponders the same text together. For that reason, I suggested that Oblates might like to be part of our community reading. Here are three different ways to obtain Evangelii Gaudium:
- Read it online from the Vatican website;
- Download the text in a PDF file to read on a computer or print yourself;
- Purchase the print book online
Lenten Bona Opera (Good Works)
Oblates, candidates and visitors were invited to write their intended extra Good Works (Bona Opera) and seal them in an envelope, which we place before the altar on the Sundays of Lent. Several oblates sent in their Bona Opera by email, and there is still time to do that. Here is the suggested format from the March letter:
Lenten Bona Opera
In keeping with the spirit of St. Benedict and the custom of St. Scholastica Monastery, I resolve faithfully to add the following acts of prayer, charity, fasting and reading to my usual measure of service:
I humbly pray God’s blessing and approval on my resolve.
I read a portion of one of Archbishop Oscar Romero‘s last homilies before he was killed in 1980. The entire movie is now available via YouTube, embedded below.
The March Letter to all the Oblates is going into the mail today; those of you who also subscribe to the blog will get it a little earlier!
I am looking forward to our meeting on 9 March 2014. We will gather in the Lake Superior Lounge at 1pm with the topic “Choosing for Good and Not for Ill.” We will continue the practice of having a short break before the discussion, with coffee and snack at the break. It seemed to work well at our last meeting.
The Practice of Lent. This letter reaches you just as Lent begins. I urge you to read Chapter 49 of The Rule, “The Observance of Lent” and the section of Chapter 48 about lectio during Lent. The Sisters will have a selection from this part of The Rule at Evening Prayer; I invite you to share our practice.
St. Benedict wrote his Rule 1500 years ago, before many of the current customs had been developed. Where the idea of “giving up” something is often the first thing modern people think of for Lent, The Rule has two focal ideas for Lent, and a Read more…
Sister Mary Henry quietly crossed the threshold into eternal life on the evening of Tuesday 25 February 2014. At 99, she was among our oldest sisters. She entered the monastery in the depths of the Great Depression, making her first vows in 1934 — and would have celebrated her 80th Jubilee this July.
Sister Mary Henry taught the early grades of elementary school for most of her life. The warm smile and the sense that she was ready to handle almost any surprising event stayed with her until the end of her life. Someone who remembers her early days of teaching related the tale of taking the part of Gretel in a school play — and having to spend long periods of time cramped inside a real oven while students practiced their lines outside.
Sister Mary Henry’s Wake will be held at 9:30am on Monday 3 March 2014 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at the Monastery. The Mass of Christian Burial follows at 11am.
All Oblates are warmly invited to join us in celebrating her life of service and prayer on earth and her return to the Lord whom she loved so faithfully.
These are the slides from the January 2014 meeting of the Benedictine Oblates at St. Scholatica Monastery, part of our year-long series on Benedictine virtues.