- Series: Voices from the Monastery
- Paperback: 119 pages
- Publisher: Paraclete Press (February 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781557254498
- ISBN-13: 978-1557254498
- ASIN: 1557254494
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life (Voices from the Monastery) Paperback – February 1, 2006
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Even as the number of religious (ordained monks and nuns) declines sharply in this country, lay monasticism is on the rise. "The number of oblates everywhere keeps growing and growing," says Tvedten, a monk at Blue Cloud Abbey in South Dakota who describes an oblate as someone who takes vows of spiritual commitment to a particular Benedictine monastery, but can have a regular job and a family. In this concise but informative book, Tvedten explains the foundation for oblate life—the Rule of Saint Benedict, a sixth-century guideline for spiritual growth in community. Benedict stressed a balanced life, with days spent praying the Divine Office (chanting the Psalms), reading devotional texts and working. Modern oblates do these things at home—some living hundreds of miles from the monastery with which they are affiliated—and visit the monastery regularly to meet with the monks and other oblates. After highlighting some core aspects of Benedictine spirituality (with some interesting forays into monastic history), Tvedten outlines how a person becomes an oblate, identifies religious communities within the United States that accept oblate members and explores simple principles for oblate life. (Feb.)
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If you are interested in being an oblate, I would recommend Joan Chittister's books, but of course, everyone is different-and that in itself is one of St Benedict's greatest wisdoms.