Oblates in Mexico prepare for Oblate weekend

 L to R: Nestor Puc Hoil, Manela May Chale, Josefina Martin Leon, Aide Varguez Pech, Nelsi Varguez Pech, Jessica Lizzet Chan Varguez, Manuel Uc, Azucena Santos Martin

Every autumn, Erie Benedictine oblates look forward to their annual gathering at the monastery and the opportunity to renew their commitment as oblates. This year that gathering will again be virtual and will include time for prayer, learning, and reflection, as well as for connections with other oblates and sisters.

The theme for the coming gathering is “For Everything There is a Season: Care for the Earth.” Oblates were sent materials earlier this summer and were encouraged to prepare for the gathering by spending time reflecting on the scripture, reflection questions, and the Twelve Steps of Humility and the Climate Crisis by Sister Anne McCarthy so that they can bring their hopes, dreams, questions, insights and ideas for action with them to the meeting.

Our oblates in Merida, Mexico, have met twice as a group for prayer and reflection as they prepare to participate virtually in the October gathering with the entire community. They are grateful to Oblates Cari Serafin and Lanora Queckborner who translated materials so the oblate community in Mexico could participate in this preparation.

Here are some comments and reflections that our oblates in Merida have shared:

  • This pandemic has taught us a great lesson and reminds us of the fragility of the human being. Our vulnerability to situations that happen and that are beyond our reach to solve leaves us much to reflect upon. We learn to value the people we are with; we learn to prioritize things, we learn to let go. We must never forget that even in simple things God is there.
  • Our environment has also undergone(suffered) many changes; family, friends and acquaintances from the community have been lost. This makes us realize that we are not eternal in this world.
  • If we relate it to the words of Saint Benedict, we must reorganize the activities of each day seeking to live with balance, and leave a generous lesson to the new generations and cultivate in them a love of the natural beauty that we have. Teach them to love the land; since it is a wonderful creation of God. We must help them with our example and guide them with our concrete actions to safeguard this planet that is our only source of survival, learning to live in community.
  • It is important to build links so as not to be submerged in fear, you have to take life with positivity; put God first in our life and we know that everything else will be added to us. Everything we need will be provided.
  • Faith in God is the maximum, it is our support along with the help of the family and community.

Pictured are: L to R: Nestor Puc Hoil, Manela May Chale, Josefina Martin Leon, Aide Varguez Pech, Nelsi Varguez Pech, Jessica Lizzet Chan Varguez, Manuel Uc, Azucena Santos Martin