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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