This last full weekend of October finds us gathering together, as we do every year at this time, for some serious reflection and some celebration.
On Saturday about half of our 200+ oblates will be at the Mount to renew their annual commitment in our oblate program. The oblate director, who started a webpage just for our oblates last May, also has 18 new initiates joining the many longtime members who come "home" to celebrate Benedictine spirituality with us.
Also on Saturday, Sr. Irene Nowell, OSB, a scripture scholar from Atchison, Kansas, will share with us some of her knowledge on the psalms. The daily recitation/chanting of the psalms is, of course, a pivotal part of monastic life. Reflections on them are always welcome. In the morning her two 45-minute presentations are: "Why do we pray the psalms?" and "Telling our story." After lunch will be: "Crying out our pain," and "Singing our praise." Over the noon hour everyone is also scheduled to receive their annual flu shot! (Pause)
No, I did not make that up--that is the real, honest-to-gosh schedule.