Benedictine Oblates strive to put into practice the meaning of the Latin word from which “oblate” is derived: oblatus, or “one offered up.” This “offering up” of oneself takes many forms:
- We seek to integrate prayer and devotional study into our lives, as reflected in the Benedictine motto: Ora et labora, literally “prayer and work.”
- We seek to witness to the Gospel in our everyday lives by reflecting Christ’s love and humility.
- We seek to live lives of simplicity, moderation, discipline, peace, and Christian joy.
- We seek to develop a practice of servanthood through service and hospitality.
- We seek God in the private sanctity of silence as well as in the common witness of group worship.