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Dear Oblates,

Peace to you and I trust you are well.

Lent is here, and we take time to consider what we might do to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter. We know Lent is a time of almsgiving, fasting and prayer, and we do our best to fulfill these requirements - but we also take time to think about what we might be able to do for our less fortunate brothers and sisters who have so much less than we do. These days, driving around Santa Fe there seem to be more homeless men and women standing on street corners and at intersections wanting money - or food. It is indeed a dilemma facing our society today.

As oblates living by the Rule of St Benedict in the world, your call is as important as our call living in the monastery to take seriously the call of the Lord and fulfill our obligations. As an extension of our monastic family oblates due their part in showing to the world the Gospel message of Jesus Christ - to love one another as I have loved you!

How can we help someone who needs that help. How can we be Christ to another? If we really think about it there is a lot we can do. I pray that you will be inspired by our loving and gracious God to reach out and touch someone in need, and make this world a better place.

May this Lenten season be for us a time of true and sincere conversion. And don't forget our Holy Week retreat this year - take time away from the world to be with the Lord - and us. May God bless you and reward you.

Let us unite one another in prayer - and pray especially for the needs of our world with all that is happening.

God bless you, and thank you.

Fr. Aidan, OSB