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~ Lent: Following the victorious Christ through the desert.  ~
1. Mar. 1 Oblate Sunday. No reading assignment for oblate class 

1.1 EXTRA EXTRA. New Doctor of Church is Saint Gregory of Narek, mystic, monk and poet.  
All of the following are the same as included in the previous email sent February 20. 

2. Mar. 15 Benedictine Circle

3. March events 
4. Novice & Final oblation applications

5. No Oblate Sunday in April


6. The Saving Grace


7. Prayer Newsletter


8. Lent- Victory with Christ in the desert


9. Past broadcast emails


10. Know your abbey


11. Photo info












Saint Scholastica
This wonderful sister of Saint Benedict knew the love of God and its power.  Here is her story from Chapter 33 of the Life of Benedict.

A brief definition of "Benedictine oblate" is here.




Are you expanding your Benedictine library? The Novice and Oblate Resources Page on the blog has many books fit for any proper library. 

Dear Oblates, Oblate Novices, and Friends of Saint Leo Abbey,
1. RSVP for March 1 Oblate Sunday

Update: There is no reading assignment for the oblate class


All classes will meet in the Lake Room on March 1.


Info on the classes: here.  

1.1 EXTRA EXTRA. New Doctor is Saint Gregory of Narek.

Article from EWTN on new Doctor.





All of the following are the same as included in the previous email sent February 20. 



2. March 15 Benedictine Circle 

Please RSVP. More

Paul Cooke will lead the discussion.  
3. March Events 

Here's what's coming in March:


March 1 Oblate Sunday


March 15 Benedictine Circle


March 21 Novice and Final Oblation Ceremony


March 21 Oblate family picnic after the ceremonies 



4. Novice and Final Oblation Applications



Please submit applications by March 14. 

5. No Oblate Sunday in April

The first Sunday in April is Easter.  There will be no Oblate Sunday in April.


The Benedictine Circle will meet April 19.

6. The Saving Grace

Find quality personal care items that are BOGO or with a good coupon. Help our dear monks. That's The Saving Grace.


And remember our Drive-Thru drop-off service Oblate Sunday is provided by Dan Spears -- drive up and say Hi!!


Visit The Saving Grace

7. Prayer Ministry Newsletter
Please email your prayer requests to: 


To receive the Prayer Ministry Newsletter giving all the prayer requests you need to "opt-in" -- please reply to this email with the following information:


"Please add me to the Prayer Ministry Newsletter email list.


"My name is: _______"


8. Lent - Victory in the desert with Jesus Christ. 

"And, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him."


"For when the assault was going on, He suffered them not to appear, that He might not thereby drive away the prey; but after He had convicted him in all points, and caused him to take to flight, then they appear: that thou also mayest learn, that after thy victories which are copied from His, angels will receive thee also, applauding thee, and waiting as guards on thee in all things.


"Thus, for example, angels take Lazarus away with them, after the furnace of poverty and of famine and of all distress. For as I have already said, Christ on this occasion exhibits many things, which we ourselves are to enjoy.


"Forasmuch then as all these things have been done for thee, do thou emulate and imitate His victory.


"And should any one approach thee of those who are that evil spirit's servants, and savor the things that be of him, upbraiding thee and saying, "If thou art marvellous and great, remove the mountain;" be not troubled, nor confounded, but answer with meekness, and say some such thing as thou hast heard thy Lord say:   "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.""



Homily on Christ in the desert of temptations. The Biblical accounts in Matthew 4, Mark 1, and Luke 4.


From: Chrysostom, John. The Complete Works of Saint John Chrysostom (Kindle Locations 26536-26543).  Kindle Edition.  

9. Past broadcast emails
Since December 1 past broadcast emails are posted in PDF versions HERE.

10. Know your Abbey 
The three panels near the end of this email contain links to:

Left: Rule of Saint Benedict

Center: iBreviary -- use your phone or tablet to pray with the monks at home or at the abbey (FREE).
Right: Saint Gertrude the Great-- one of the eight sunrise saints in the abbey church.
11. Photo at top of email
The Temptations of Christ, 12th century mosaic at St Mark's Basilica, Venice. High resolution image.
The Biblical accounts in Matthew 4, Mark 1, and Luke 4.

Abbot Isaac, O.S.B., Oblate Director 


Prior Stanislaw, O.S.B., Novice Director


Abbey Reception Office
(352) 588 8624


Gift Shop, Brother James, O.S.B.
(352) 588 2606 


Guest Master, Brother Jacob, O.S.B.
(352) 588 8184





And try Ken Conrad's wonderful Kindle version.

This is the one used by Saint Leo Abbey monks.  There is a paid version by another publisher, but it is not always exactly the same as the one used at Saint Leo Abbey. So this FREE one is the one to get.
The only female saint called the Great. More info. Her amazing book of prayers is part of the reasons she is honored as one of eight sunrise saints in the Abbey church. Her light greets you along with that of Saint Walburg.