Prayers, please for the spiritual, physical and mental health of the following, for all their loved ones and all their caregivers:
Monica, in rehab and a wheelchair, hoping to go home soon.
Lisa, 34, cerebral hemmorhage.
Stephen, seeking a new job in France.
Please pray for the victims and their families of the tragic destruction in Elkhorn and for all the people of Omaha. Please don't forget the shooter along with the victims.
Please pray for Herb, Monday he undergoes a neurological surgery on his neck. This problem could paralyze him if left untreated, however, his heart is so compromised that there is a danger giving him anesthesia will kill him almost imediately. Please pray for his health and salvation.
Please pray for Robert, who has lung cancer and is currently undergoing chemo. They have now found a mass in his brain and plan to open him Monday. He has already had one brain aneurysm repair a few months ago. Please pray for Robert, his family, the surgical team and his friends.
Annette, a sacristan with aggressive cancer and going on chemo.
John, terminally ill with cancer and badly needing to find faith: lots of Divine Mercy chaplets here from those so inclined, please.
Nanette, left an abusive realtionship and now needs court help to keep her safe from her former partner.
For all those in positions of influence, scientists and authors, etc., who do not believe, that God may enlighten them.
Deo gratias for Elaine, her tests came out cancer-free! But prayers for a chronic pain condition in her shoulder, please
Prayers for Natalie, starting a new job she loves in January.
Lord, help us all as You know and will. God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent, praise Him! Thanks so much. JL
April 9, August 9, December 9
Chapter 56: On the Abbess's Table
Let the Abbess's table always be with the guests
and the pilgrims. But when there are no guests,
let it be in her power to invite whom she will of the sisters.
Yet one or two seniors must always be left with the others
for the sake of discipline.
Let me give you a bit of pragmatic application here. I don't know if
this is true everywhere, but in both houses I have actually lived in,
the monks tended to eat rather fast. Secularly speaking, I have a
reputation for being a fast eater when dining alone, even I have
sometimes wondered about how good that is for digestion! Here,
however, with no conversation to slow me down at all, the monks eat
like the wind and I am always the last one, even when gulping down as
fast as I can. This has resulted in my learning to take less and
finish whatever I really need at the guesthouse! Sigh...
Anyway, the upshot here is that guests OFTEN dine more slowly than
the monastics and we all get up together for grace. If the guests are
where the Abbot can see them, it is easier to check on who's done and
who isn't. We wait for them to finish. (At least 99% of the time. I
have known especially slow guests to win at this face-off once or
twice! We just said grace and left them to finish...)
Monastics (like children or spouses!) can be dreadful creatures of
habit, you should pardon the pun... I can tell you that sometimes
that waiting seems interminable. I can also tell you that it is good
for us, for all of us, and this applies equally to families. We
ALLOW, even enable and encourage the guest to inconvenience us to a
certain extent. That's part of our hospitality, part of receiving
Christ, often in a considerably annoying disguise.
Oblates in families or the world, trust me on this one, I know
company can sometimes be a pain. I have had company most of the time
for most of the last eight years. While I relish the occasional day
when the house is empty, they are fewer and farther between each
year. The message here is not only for guests in our homes, but for
others in general, at work, when shopping or (horrors!) driving. LET
others put you out a bit. Adopt a courtesy that is greater than the
world's. Many works of genuine mercy can be done in such situations.
I used to work the desk in a public library. From that and from my
hospital and teaching years, I can tell you that a courteous,
hospitable, Christian attitude of charity can stand out, really touch
people. You don't have to be obnoxiously preachy, in fact, that has
the opposite effect! The subtle grace and love of courtesy will lead
a lot of people to wonder about you and what motivates you. Some of
the braver ones will one day even ask. And there is your chance! Go
slowly and gently, but tell them why.
Love and prayers,
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