Cincinnati Oblate Chapter Minutes
March 29, 2015
Attendance: Susan Anderson, Rosemary Conrad, John N. Campbell, Linda McCarroll, Nick McCarroll, Ron Lillie, Karin Mendoza, Clyde Dorn, Pat Dorn, Linda Faulhaber, Eric Kenny, Marianna Neal, Kathy Gloeckner, Peyton Reed, Mary Louise Reed, Stephen Drees.
Our meeting opened with the reading of the Mission Statement and introductions. Second Sunday Vespers of Week Two was prayed/chanted together. Lectio Divina was shared together using John 12:12-16.
The minutes of the February 22 meeting were approved after the correction of John Campbell that he is 90 and not 91. Nick McCarroll states that our chapter balance at the beginning of this meeting is again $40.00 after generous donations at the last meeting.
Old/New Business: Rosemary Conrad stated that the monks are moved out of the monastery during needed renovations. The date of our next chapter meeting is April 26 in the St. Gertrude School cafeteria and Fr. Joseph is the speaker. The annual Day of Reflection is May 16, 2015 in Columbus.
Program: Video Conference: Fr. Harry Hagen, OSB
Conference #1: Praying the Psalms reviews the Psalms as a way of remembering and as a window or a mirror of other people’s prayers.
Remembering helps us to be able to connect all of Scripture as the Psalms distill all of Scripture. An example is Psalm 113 of Israel in Egypt from Numbers 17,20. As we pray, remembrance of Israelite history opens us to be larger persons instead of only remembering self which is narrow.
Psalm 136 gives us a window into past experience of pain/suffering of the Israelites in Babylon and helps us become more empathetic. Psalm 129 is ambiguous as it can be a window or a mirror into forgiveness . Psalm 129 begins with cries to the Lord from the self but transitions in verse 5 to community hope in the Lord who redeems Israel.
Our meeting ended with praying the Our Father and shared social time.
Submitted by Susan Anderson