Oblates of WCCM

Humility In Science: A Benedictine Advice By Dr Marco Schorlemmer

 

 

Via Vitae - Special Edition on the Oblate Congress in Rome

 

 
 

New Zealand Oblate retreat January 2018

23 of the 28 New Zealand oblates attended the retreat at the Magnificat Community, Featherston. This year was one of the warmest summers in New Zealand for many years. The temperature was in the high twenties  ( 85 degrees fahrenheit) and very humid.The photo was taken on the one morning there was overnight rain which was a welcome relief. Two novices made their final oblation, two postulants became novice oblates and one enquirer began his journey as a postulant. It was a time of togetherness, of friendship, of mutual respect and love for one another in the Benedictine Oblate community. (Hugh McLaughlin - National Oblate Coordinator, New Zealand)


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Via Vitae Newsletter - November 2017 issue

 

North American Oblate retreat 2017

At the North America Oblate retreat oblates from the US, Canada and the Caribbean joined to share their experience of following the Rule in their daily life. Fr Laurence who led the retreat spoke of continuous prayer in a series of talks and commentaries on specific chapters of the Rule.
 
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About Oblates of The WCCM

Meditation creates community. Meditators who experience personal transformation through a daily practice seek to express this in ways suitable to their own path. Oblation is one of these. 
 
The World Community is ecumenical and the Oblate community specially reflects this. However, the WCCM as a whole acknowledges a special relationship to the Benedictine tradition which was the first in the western Church to form a stable form of inclusive religious life and, in succeeding generations, has always adapted to the needs and circumstances of the age.
 
A Benedictine Oblate community has been part of the World Community family since the beginning. Oblates of the Community are committed to the basic practice of meditation twice a day. They also ground their personal lives in the Rule of St Benedict.  In the wisdom of St Benedict and his 1600-year-old “Rule” they find an ongoing inspiration for living in ‘obedience, stability and conversion’ according to the circumstances of their lives. They integrate the times of meditation with the Daily Office and study of the Rule as well as their participation in the life of the WCCM Oblate community.
 
The Rule describes a way of daily life that sustains the members in ‘truly seeking God’. Prudent and practical, its wisdom recognizes the need for balance in body mind and spirit and reflects this in the time-management of work, reading and prayer. Much more than a mere book of rules, the Rule avoids legalism and teaches flexibility and compassion. It distils a wisdom born of love, nourishing the discipline that is necessary for liberty.
 
The WCCM Oblates express and deepen their commitment to their inner journey and life of service of others through this wisdom that is both ancient and contemporary. It is a unique form of oblation, however. WCCM oblates are not ‘attached’ to a physical monastery, but themselves form a global monastery without walls. They also play their role in the international Oblate community and take part in the regular Benedictine Oblate Congresses.
 
If you would like more information on the path of a WCCM Oblate contact your national WCCM Oblate Coordinator or the International Coordinator 
 
International Coordinator, Eileen Dutt: eileendutt@btinternet.com