Since the founding of the monastery on July 2 2008, several of our friends and faithful have shown their desire to be able to be connected with our monastic community through oblation. A very fervent group of around a dozen oblates has thus formed in Sydney Australia under Father D. Wong of the Fraternal Society of St Peter (FSSP), to whom we have given delegation for such purpose.
Of course we have Italian and French oblates who are spiritually connected to our family of Benedictines of the Immaculate. Quite close to us another oblate who comes from Central America, brother Angel Joseph, has wished to live his oblature in an even more intense manner. He lives alone in a small village house together with his dog Pepa and three canaries which amuse all those in the single street in his village. He is united to the liturgical prayer of the monks and gives a large part of his time to the service of the community as cook, garment maker and master of the hen house.
One can admire and even venerate the Benedictine monastic ideal, but what can it bring to the simple Christians already consecrated to God by their baptism and calls to sanctity? Well, the Rule of St Benedict itself teaches us: it is in effect itself a school in which one learns to serve Our Lord, scola servitii Domini. “Oblation, (wrote the very reverend Father Dom Gerard), is above all things, a spirit. It is the spirit of St Benedict. A spirit so simple, so powerfully rooted in the first ages of Christianity that it can readily spread from the trunk of the tree to even its longest branches… The Benedictine spirit raises the monk to seek God in a persistent and concrete fashion, to organize his whole life according to God’s will, under the eye of God, for the service of God”. It is also in this same spirit that the Rule guides and sustains our oblates to organize their whole life in praise to the glory of God and for the salvation and sanctification of their soul.