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The Oblate path: What is Monastic Wisdom for Today?

Annual retreat of the International Oblate Community
Laurence Freeman OSB

Leader

Laurence Freeman OSB

Laurence Freeman OSB is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of S. Maria del Pilastrello, Lendinara, Italy, in the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Other Leaders

Eileen Dutt
Eileen Dutt

International Oblate Coordinator: Eileen made her final Oblation in 2006. She was the UK Oblate coordinator in 2007-2018 and International Oblate Coordinator since 2012. She served as part of the International Planning Team for the 2013 & 2017 Benedictine Oblate Congress held in Rome. She is a Spiritual Director and holds a Certificate in Benedictine Leadership as well as a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry.

Date

Jul 09 - 11 2021

Location

Online Only

Conducted via Zoom or live-stream.

International Oblate Retreat

The Oblate Path: What's Monastic Wisdom Today?

The Christian mystery – the Way – is about passing through death into a new life in which we break out of the cycle of death and rebirth: Resurrection. This is at the heart of the light-vision of the Rule:

If we wish to dwell in the tent of his kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds. (Prol.22)

We can first taste what this means by simplifying our life, living in the spirit of the Rule and developing the daily run of meditation. This is monastic wisdom and the Oblate Path lives and loves it daily. It is the kind of wisdom that our confused and over-active world can be greatly helped and healed by. The Oblate is someone who knows that wisdom has to be distilled from the ordinary. It has to be experienced personally before it can be shared with others as a source of hope, vision and imagination for the construction of a new way of life.

Monastic wisdom offers strong guidance in dealing with daily problems and the disruptions of the pandemic, building a healthy lifestyle, showing respect and kindness to others. It generates light in us and this light reflects – without pressure – on the paths of others.

 
Laurence Freeman OSB

In this online Retreat for WCCM Oblates Father Laurence will reflect on how this ancient source of wisdom nourishes both us and the world today and how it can be shared with others in the  spirit of ‘hospitality’ .  

The WCCM Oblate Retreat will take place after a 24-hour meditation led by oblates across the globe, reminding us of our commitment to sharing the light. The Oblate Community at Bonnevaux will host the retreat.

These days of retreat will be a pilgrimage of silence, sharing thought and experience together.We will run along the path with the Liturgy of the Hours combined with meditation, as in the Bonnevaux daily schedule, with gentle physical movement sessions, teachings and discussion groups about our experience of the Oblate path. Each day will close peacefully with a contemplative Eucharist and meditation

Registration

  • This is online event is free and donations are welcomed

Donations

  • You can choose your contribution amount, starting from 1 Euro​

Schedule (French Time)

TBC

Laurence Freeman OSB

Leader

Laurence Freeman OSB

Laurence Freeman OSB is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of S. Maria del Pilastrello, Lendinara, Italy, in the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Other Leaders

Eileen Dutt
Eileen Dutt

International Oblate Coordinator: Eileen made her final Oblation in 2006. She was the UK Oblate coordinator in 2007-2018 and International Oblate Coordinator since 2012. She served as part of the International Planning Team for the 2013 & 2017 Benedictine Oblate Congress held in Rome. She is a Spiritual Director and holds a Certificate in Benedictine Leadership as well as a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry.

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