Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Guidelines for Oblates


3. Oblates Strive to Be Men and Women of Practical Spirituality

  • They combine prayer and work by living and working in the presence of God, aware of God's presence everywhere, knowing that God is nearer to them than they think.14
  • They are patient and content with their lot in life in so far as they cannot change it for something better, calmly and courageously accepting the sufferings and hardships, which eventually come to everyone.15
  • They practice patience, especially by accepting the daily crosses and burdens of life willingly and bravely, with full trust in God, no matter how heavy these burdens may be, knowing that God can turn sufferings into blessings.16
  • They are generous and warmhearted to the poor, the needy, the unfortunate, the sick, the sad, the afflicted, and the lonely.17
  • They are concerned about the needs of others, regardless of race, nationality, creed, sex, age, occupation, profession, or social status.18
  • They give generously of themselves in working for the religious education and Christian formation of youth.19
  • They faithfully fulfill the duties of their states in life, especially with regard to the care of their families and dependents.
  • They practice the spirit of poverty, by not being unduly attached to material things, by thanking God for what they have, and by using God's gifts in a sensible way for the glory of God and the good of mankind.20
  • They seek the Christian reformation or constant renewal of their lives by fostering the spirit of obedience, stability and fidelity in accord with the three Benedictine vows or principles of Christian living, which St. Benedict asks his followers to practice.21
  • They often read some part of the Rule of St. Benedict and meditate on how it can be applied to their lives.22
  • They seek guidance and instruction when they are in doubt or troubled.23

4. Oblates Strive to Be Men and Women of Prayer

  • They highly esteem the holy sacrifice of the Mass and take an active and intelligent part in the celebration of the sacred mysteries of the altar.24
  • They strive each day to pray some part of the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours, as the circumstances of their lives permit.25
  • They strive to appreciate the beauty and spiritual wealth contained in the Psalms, which form the core of the Church's prayer.26
  • They harmonize their private and public prayers and devotions with the liturgical seasons and feasts of the year, as Vatican II recommends.27

2 Responses »

  1. Very well written. Covers most all questions Novices and Oblates might offer. Clearly states our responsibilities as Oblates to our Abbot, community, each other and the world. Thank you for adding this to our website: much needed and hopefully will give us good direction!


  2. "Oblates of St. Benedict are Christian men and women admitted into spiritual union and affiliation with a Benedictine community of monks or nuns, so that they may share in the spiritual life, prayers, and good works of the community"

    The above section of the Guidelines is the central and essential part of oblate life for me -- how being an oblate must be about the "journey to dwell with God."

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