How to be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life

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Paraclete Press, 2006 - Religion - 119 pages
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Dorothy Day was an oblate while she lived in the heart of New York City. So was the French poet, Paul Claudel. Kathleen Norris is an oblate, and so was Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman in Europe to earn a Ph.D. What connects them all? There are at least ten thousand oblates in the United States today (no one knows for sure how many), and each of them is connected in meaningful ways to a monastery or abbey. Most oblates are ordinary lay people from various Christian traditions. They are linked together by common appreciation for the Rule of St. Benedict. Originally written for monks, the principles in the Rule may be applied by everyone else---and in today's hectic, changing world, being an oblate offers a rich spiritual connection to the stability and wisdom of monastic life. This essential guide explains how people who live and work in "the world" are still invited to balance work with prayer, cultivate interdependence with others, practice hospitality, and otherwise practice their spirituality like monks.

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User Review  - shannonkearns - LibraryThing

a short primer on what the Rule of Benedict means in modern life as well as information on what it means to be an oblate of the order of St. Benedict. Very easy to read and informative. Read full review

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Brother Benet has been my Oblate director in my experience as an Oblate of St. Benedict in association with Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, SD. He brings a wealth of insight and wisdom to his work as an ... Read full review

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Brother Benet Tvedten, O.S.B., is a member of Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, South Dakota, where he serves as the Director of Oblates. He is also the author of The View from a Monastery and How to Be a Monastic and Not Leave your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life published by Paraclete Press.

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