This Mini Index is for people who want to find the Benedictine oblate essentials quickly.
Expanded Index contains many more
links and summaries.
Benedictine Oblate and Benedictine Spirituality Topics
What's an Oblate?
An oblate is a person
who makes an offering (the word oblate comes from "offering" or
"gift") of his or her life to God at a monastery and
follows the Rule of St. Benedict
(read about below) as much as their state in live
How to use the Oblate Spring. Two options on how to locate
information contained on this web site.
in PDF - An Overview
For many people it is the desire for a deeper
spiritual life that causes them to open the door to this
little-known and ancient part of the Catholic church.
Benedictine Spirituality drew me
and my wife to the Catholic Benedictine monastery near our home. We
knew something was there for us the minute we walked on the abbey grounds.
spirituality is peace, tranquility, and rest in God. For us, we had
travelled many years on a spiritual path, and this was like coming
to the headwaters of the stream.
Benedictine spirituality is not something added to our lives, it was
the conversion of our ordinary lives into a life for God: an
● About Oblate
First book to read
about being an oblate.
Blog my blog about my life as an oblate.
of Nursia, Italy. Born at Nursia, c. 480 AD; died at Monte Cassino,
Italy, 543 AD.
Benedict was author/compiler of a Rule for monks.
The Rule consists of 73 short chapters on how to live in a monastery.
Benedicts Rule became the foundation of western monasticism.
The Rule contains many Biblical principles for living the Christian
life making the Rule easily used by oblates who do not live in a
monastery. That's part of the wisdom we find in the Rule.
is now spelled Norcia in Italy and is pronounced "Nor - cha."
St. Benedict Article
on New Advent Encyclopedia
Benedictine Monastic Spirituality
Examiner -- Articles on
Oblate Resources (Page 4 of this web site)
Essential & most basic resources
are grouped by TOPICS . This is my list of KEY Internet Resources
for new oblates and those interested in exploring oblate monasticism
in depth. This is where to start a serious examination of oblates
● Oblate Resources
Essential In-Depth Documents
on Benedictine Monasticism
The opus dei ("work of God")
Guidelines For Oblates of St. Benedict
Oblate Manual from the Monastery of the Ascension
Oblate Formation Booklet Saint Vincent Archabbey
Brief summary of how Jewish practices before Christ shaped the daily
prayer practices of the earliest Christians. These are the roots of
the divine office still prayed today in Benedictine monasteries
around the world.
● Rule of St. Benedict
A set of requirements for monks to
live together in a monastery under an abbot. Written about 530
AD. My favorite translation is this version of the
Rule of St. Benedict.
It has a gentle grace and beauty.
Short, simple, and with its
principles expressed in frequent Biblical phrases and allusions,
this Rule guides monasteries of monks and nuns all over the world
today. Other than the Bible, the Rule of St. Benedict has been
called the most important book for the development of European
society and culture.
The Rule's principle are easily
adaptable to "regular" Christians who are not monks or nuns.
● What's New at the Oblate Spring
Added and revised pages on this Oblate Spring web
site and the Oblate Blog, on page 6.
Go to Page 6, What's New