As disciples of St Benedict, the oblates build their lives upon four pillars: the encounter with the Risen Christ in Scripture, through lectio divina; the Divine Office; community life according to the Rule; and working together in community. They celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays in their local parishes and, whenever possible, as a community on major Feast Days and Solemnities. Friendship is an essential part of building community. St John the apostle is an important figure for them, as the beloved disciple who recorded Jesus’s words “No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends” (Jn 15, 12). The teaching of St Aelred of Riveaulx on charity and friendship has been very influential for the oblates. Their principle purpose in life is to live out their Baptism, which they received as a seed as infants, and let the power of the Risen Lord, to whom they were united and consecrated in this great Sacrament, bear fruit in a life of love, humility and service. The need to share the joy and peace, which spring from this deep awareness of Christ’s presence and love in their lives, is what has taken the oblates into schools and education and pushed them to develop ways of enabling young people to listen to God’s Word, support each other in community and serve others around them and society at large. The oblates set great store by communion with and loyalty to the local Catholic Bishop.