Oblates gather for Advent discussion

Erie Benedictine Oblates

As part of their Advent reflection this year, Oblates were invited to consider what is happening in their lives that is not planned and, perhaps, not wanted — much like the situation in which Mary and Joseph found themselves — and to trust the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Now I am revealing new things to you, things hidden and unknown to you, created just now at this very moment.” (Is 48:6-7) For it is both within the longings of our hearts and within the unexpected detours in life that we encounter sacred space.  

COVID is indeed an “unexpected detour,” much like Mary’s pregnancy and much like many situations in our own lives. In his book, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future, chosen as the community’s Advent reading, Pope Francis claims that the COVID crisis exposed the inequity in our societies more than ever before. He presents a scathing critique of the systems and ideologies that are obsessed with profit, heedless of the people and environment they harm. He also offers inspiration and ideas for building a better world for all humanity by putting the poor and the planet foremost.

Oblates gathered via zoom to discuss the book. As one participant said: “In our group, we were extremely encouraged and enthusiastic by Pope Francis’ message in this book. His words are such a support and source of hope.” Thanks are extended to Oblates Kelly Adamson, Janice Etchison, and Margaret Wehrer who hosted the discussions and to the participants who enriched one another with their comments and insights.