+PAX ++ Please pray for Lee who has been diagnosed with prostate
cancer and is facing surgery on the 24 August 2006.++ ++ Prayers
please for a man suffering from deep depression... he has cut himself
off from his friends, and they're worried that he might commit suicide.
May all those suffering from depression feel the healing and hope of the
Holy Spirit in their lives, and know that God is with them - always. ++
++ Please pray for Brian: healthcare worker terminated for alleged
abuse. There was only two workers with the client and it was an
accident. Brian was not believed and terminated. The decision is being
appealed. Whatever the outcome is, please pray that he can accept The
Holy Trinity's will. ++ ++ Request for prayers for Nadia. Her dad,
Aaron, has gone to a lawyer for physical custody. ++
++ Please pray for Br. Placid of St Procopius who died on Sunday
evening, will be waked this evening and the funeral will be tomorrow
morning. He was just 70 and just celebrated his 50th this past May. ++
++ Please pray for Mary Lou for a happy & peaceful death. She
was given 24 to 48 hours. She has had a long battle with cancer and for
Tom, her husband and all their family. ++
++ Please pray for Barbara. ++
++ Prayers please for Tom for safe travel. ++ ++ Please pray for
Mary Ann who is in her last days, due to COPD / CHF. Her son, Pete, has
asked me to send out to all you good folks her desire to die peacefully,
if that be God's will, and that her suffering (and her family's) be for
as short a time as possible. All are comfortable with her going home
to God. ++
++ Please pray for Anastasia, troubled teen, found at last and arrested
by the police, and for her parents. ++ Please pray for all those whose
prayer requests are not able to be posted for whatever reason. God is
outside of time and our prayers are never, ever late. Lord, help us 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 Please pray for all
those who have ended or will this day end their earthly lives by their
own hands. May Almighty God in His infinite mercy grant them eternal
rest. Amen. In the interim please bless me by sending prayer requests
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April 14, August 14, December 14
Chapter 60: On Priests Who May Wish to Live in the Monastery
If any ordained priest
should ask to be received into the monastery,
permission shall not be granted too readily.
But if he is quite persistent in his request,
let him know
that he will have to observe the whole discipline of the Rule
and that nothing will be relaxed in his favor,
that it may be as it is written:
"Friend, for what have you come (Matt. 26:50)?"
It shall be granted him, however, to stand next after the Abbot
and to give blessings and to celebrate Mass,
but only by order of the Abbot.
Without such order let him not make any exceptions for himself,
knowing that he is subject to the discipline of the Rule;
but rather let him give an example of humility to all.
If there happens to be question of an appointment
or of some business in the monastery,
let him expect the rank due him
according to the date of his entrance into the monastery,
and not the place granted him
out of reverence for the priesthood.
If any clerics, moved by the same desire,
should wish to join the monastery,
let them be placed in a middle rank.
But they too are to be admitted only if they promise
observance of the Rule and stability.
The quintessential question of the Holy Rule is that of
Jesus: "Friend, for what have you come?" This question is not just
for priests, but for each of us, for all Christians and all
monastics. The only acceptable answer to the question is: "To seek
God." That might be rephrased in any of a number of ways, but that's
the main event, the only game in town, the end all and be all of
Benedictine monastic life.
It is very necessary, in stating that we seek God, to admit that we
haven't altogether found Him yet, nor will we ever do so before
death. Even in the beatific vision of heaven itself, we creatures
will never, ever get to the root of our Creator, to the "ground zero"
of God. Ain't gonna happen.
Another way of saying this is that we need to come to the Holy Rule
and to the Gospel and to Christ admitting how frighteningly little we
DO know. If we think holy orders or an MDiv or an MD or a BS have
corrected that problem, even slightly, well, maybe the sacrament or
that degree is just about all we've gotten from the experience.
For heaven's sake, after spending so many years of my life trying to
become clever, or thinking I was, what a tremendous relief it is to
be dumb: pluperfectly, fallibly, humanly, screamingly, shriekingly
DUMB! Boy, I love it! Ignorance truly *IS* bliss, just like they told
ya! Truly, with Socrates, we ought to know enough to know that we
know nothing! Realizing that the very best of us has nothing but the
barest tip of the iceberg is a great and tender mercy, indeed!
In one sense, I heartily recommend it. It is the only position from
which one may learn anything at all. Get too smart (or think you
have!) and you will never listen, failing yet another Benedictine
hallmark. You won't learn because all your energy will go into
composing your rejoinder or response. Such people do not learn. They
merely joust. Life is more than that, much more. Tons more.
Love and prayers,
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