The Saving Grace page has been updated with two additional requests for personal care items for the monks.
From #77 broadcast email:
Quote from "THE SADNESS CORRODING OUR DESIRE FOR GOD," the oblate class assignment:
"Since acedia stirs up all the other vices, it cannot be cured by a single contrary virtue. What is needed is a varied, multi-layered therapy: tears of compunction (and non-verbal cries for saving help); recourse to God's Word (to oppose the inroads of vice); meditation on death (to evaluate the present in the light of eternity); patient, persevering resistance (avoiding little compensations and putting one's trust in the Lord). It is easy to see that all these remedies or weapons lead to an encounter with God. In the last analysis, acedia is a flight from God and is only cured by the patient, practical search for his Face" --- Dom Bernardo Olivera, Abbot General Cistercians and Trappists.
Registration for the 2015 Oblate-Program Retreat will open September 9.
An email will be sent with the link to the retreat page on the Saint Leo Abbey Oblates web site.
Everyone is invited. Live on monastic time, share prayer time and meals with the monks. Attend Abbot Isaac's conferences.
Is your home address missing from the database?
Please check to see whether your home mailing address is included in the database for the oblate program. Many are missing. Please use the Update Profile/Email Address link at the bottom of this email.
Abbot Isaac is updating the abbey's mailing list for the letters he sends in the U.S. Mail. His letters are beautiful communications about the abbey, the liturgical seasons, and our life of seeking God.
If you have any questions or problems, please reply to this email or watch this step-by-step video.
How to check & update your home address & phone number in the Saint Leo Abbey Oblate database
If you have any problems with checking your address, please watch this video. Everyone receiving this email should check their address unless you signed up for the email list using the online form after December 1, 2014. Thank you very much.
The top photograph is from "
The gum trees of Tassie." It is one of the views from on top of Mount Nelson, Tasmania, taken on January 25, 2007 by Jolene Faber. The photo is used subject to license.
Each year as I prepare for the Oblate-Program retreat I imagine how the conferences will affect my heart. At the end of the weekend, I am thinking about time and light.
Fall The annual Oblate-Program Spiritual Weekend Retreat is October 30 to November 1. Everyone is invited. Live on monastic time, share prayer time and meals with the monks. Attend Abbot Isaac's conferences.
Winter Yes, we can begin to think about the cooler weather in December and the annual Christmas party with the monks.
Everyone is invited. Those attending are requested to bring a dessert and may, on a voluntary basis, give a gift to a monk.
Thank you to all those in the Saint Leo Abbey oblate program.