Benedictine Oblates of WCCM
‘Oblate’ literally means ‘one who is offered’. Originally in the Rule of St Benedict it referred to children who were ‘offered’ by their parents to the monastery for formation and education. When these children reached the age of decision they could chose to stay on in the monastery or leave and live outside. These who left would often keep close links to the monastery though. Later on, in the Middle Ages, it referred to lay people who wanted to be linked to the spirituality of St Benedictine by becoming associated with a particular monastery.
Some established meditators within WCCM feel attracted to the wisdom of St Benedict and his 1600 year-old Rule as a way of deepening and grounding the process of personal ‘conversion’.
The Rule, of course was aimed at monks living within a monastery, but in our case oblates relate to a global monastery without walls.
Nevertheless, oblates aim to seek God daily in prayer and meditation and maintain a balance in body mind and spirit and reflected in the time-management of work, reading and prayer.
More than a book of rules, the Rule distills a wisdom born of love, nourishing discipline and expressing itself in compassion.
If you would like to explore this Benedictine path as a way of life growing out of your meditation we will be happy to help you understand what it involves. You will find basic vision by reading John Main’s Community of Love.
For more information about the WCCM Oblate community please click here
The oblate coordinator for the UK is Eileen Dutt