I made a profession of vows as an oblate of The Order of Julian of Norwich in early 2013. At the heart of my vows is a promise to live a life of poverty, chastity, obedience, and prayer. A Julian oblate is a person who is seriously committed to a spiritual and contemplative life in Christ and also seeks the support of a monastic community.
My profession was made during a Sunday service at our home parish, Chapel of Our Saviour Episcopal Church, here in Colorado. It was a sobering yet joyous feeling to be asked if I would live by the vows and to answer aloud to my rector, my congregation, and above all to God that I would. The prayer that followed had a powerful effect on me. I felt taken in by the Julian community and enfolded in Christ all at once.
The Order of Julian of Norwich is a contemplative and monastic order of the Episcopal Church. The Julian monastic community consists of monks and nuns living in a semi-enclosed environment. The focus of their life together is prayer, contemplation, and manual labor. Oblates, like me, live a spiritual life similar to the monks and nuns. Think of a monastic as a person who goes in search of their true image, and that would be the Image of God. Oblates are an expression of Christ in the ordinary world of day by day life.
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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