Prayers for P., in a lot of pyschiatric pain and
anxiety, for proprer diagnosis and treatment.
Lord, help us all as You know and will. God's will is best. All is mercy
grace. God is never absent, praise Him! Thanks so muh. JL
18, June 19, October 19
Chapter 15: At What Times "Alleluia" Is to Be
From holy Easter until Pentecost without interruption
"Alleluia" be said both in the Psalms and in the responsories.
to the beginning of Lent let it be said every night
with the last six Psalms
of the Night Office only. On every Sunday,
however, outside of Lent, the
canticles, the Morning Office, Prime,
Terce, Sext and None shall be said with
"Alleluia," but Vespers
The responsories are never to
be said with "Alleluia" except from
It is not uncommon for me to get posts
asking how on earth I can
say "God's will is best." after recounting some
litany of horrible
things which have befallen people in need of our prayers.
I up the ante a bit and add the equivalent of "Alleluia!" ,
Him!" to each post.
In every instance, even when it is all we
can do to choke it out,
gritting our teeth, we must always say Alleluia. God
must always be
praised, always, even when we cannot see goodness anywhere
all, it *IS* in Him and must be acknowledged.
"Alleluia" means "Praise the Lord!" I know we have taken it to
something a lot more like "Whoopee!", but it doesn't. I bow to
Benedict and Western tradition in the liturgical use. In our
however, there should be an "Alleluia/praise the Lord" at
all times and
seasons. "Praise the Lord anyhow!" the charismatics used to say
something dreadful or unlovely happened to one. How true, how
I have not had the
crosses of many, but I have had heavy,
tailor-made ones of my own.
Getting diagnosed HIV+ two years before I became
a monk comes to mind, as does
living with it for over 20 years. So does
depression, which just
about equals it, and I was depressed LONG before I had
I was not always very graceful about that, nor about many
heartbreak, but I do know and I can honestly say that God's will
been best, always best. My 20/20 hindsight must, though grudgingly
times, fully own that Alleluia was appropriate at every point,
Saying that does not mean that I can no longer be terrified at
or that prospect. I can. We all can. Jesus was in Gethsemane. It is
very human fear, and God finds our humanity, in which He sees His
fetching. So don't freak out if you still get scared, it
is part and parcel
of our human condition. But even then, we must train
In every heartbreak, in every despair, in every grief we
ardently cling to our faith that God is merciful and good. We
see that when we feel unable to see it. We must, by faith and
will, affirm that the Lord must be praised at all times. He is
mean. Whatever is bleak shall never, ever lack His tender,
hand behind it, no matter how unseen to us. It is there.
He is there. Always!
Praise the Lord! ALLELUIA!
Love and prayers,