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October 29, 2019

Oblate Retreat Weekend
      On the weekend of October 25 to 27, 2019, the combined Oblate Chapters from Oxford and Ypsilanti converged on St. Mary’s Retreat House in Oxford for their annual weekend retreat.  This year’s retreat theme was “Expanding our Spiritual Vision” and was directed by Nancy Clancy.  On Friday night Nancy introduced the Oblates to “Visio Divina” (very similar to meditative reading, but with the use of visual scenes, paintings, etc. for meditation).  The rest of the weekend she spoke about and discussed with the Oblates about the importance and benefit of being attentive to seeing God in the things around us and viewing things and events through the eyes of the heart.  An opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Spiritual Direction was offered on Saturday afternoon.  The day ended after dinner with Eucharistic Holy Hour followed by a social.  Sunday morning all the retreatants came to St. Benedict Monastery for Mass to close the retreat.  The opportunity for spiritual blessings and fellowship during this special weekend was enjoyed and appreciated by all who participated. 

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