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March 30, 2021

A Time of Prayer and Encouragement

     On Sunday, March 14, our oblate group participated in a special Lenten program on the internet via Zoom.  Passionist priest Fr. Pat Brennan, CP presented a reflection to a group of over 20 oblates.  His theme, “Agony in the Garden, Victory in the Garden” was inspired by his own prayerful consideration of the hours Jesus spent in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before his death.  Father provided our group with excellent material for reflecting on the moments in their own life that called forth a trusting surrender to God’s will.

     Our afternoon was fittingly concluded with the liturgical service of Vespers.  As our monastic community prayed and sang together in the monastery chapel, the oblates were able to join us remotely - via Zoom - and so be gathered together spiritually across the miles.

     We are grateful to Fr. Pat for his words of wisdom and encouragement.  We are also grateful for the ways that modern technology has helped us to remain connected while we are “socially distant”.  As we continue our Lenten journey of spiritual growth we also look forward to the day when we can once again gather in person as a Benedictine family!

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