+PAX Prayers, please for the eternal rest of two police officers killed in the line of duty, Bradley Fox and Patrick O Rourke, and for their wives and childrenMessage 1 of 236 , Sep 15, 2012View Source+PAX
Prayers, please for the eternal rest of two police officers killed in the line of duty, Bradley Fox and Patrick O'Rourke, and for their wives and children and families and all who mourn them. Prayers, too, for the eternal rest of those who shot them, both of whom are dead, one by his own hand.
Prayers for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the followimg, for all their loved ones and all who take care ofthem:
Genna, 86, in hopsice, that she consent to be baptized and that Fr. Ralph can minister to her.
Chuck, recovering from open heart surgery. Deo gratias for a good surgery.
Joan, a woman in her 6o's having extensive surgery & will be off work
for 2 months. Home ruin because of a leak in her kitchen.
Prayers for Michael who will handle her work load at work.
Mary, diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease/ALS.
Virginia, severe arthritic pains in knee and legs
Denise, marital problem
Lori, thyroid removed due to cancer, now facing radiation and chemo, and for her son, Kyle, Hodgkins lymphoma.
Prayers for Br. Cyprian of Pluscarden on his feastday: graces galore and many
more, ad multos annos!
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
January 16, May 17, September 16
Chapter 3: On Calling the Brethren for Counsel
Whenever any important business has to be done
in the monastery,
let the Abbot call together the whole community
and state the matter to be acted upon.
Then, having heard the brethren's advice,
let him turn the matter over in his own mind
and do what he shall judge to be most expedient.
The reason we have said that all should be called for counsel
is that the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best.
Let the brethren give their advice
with all the deference required by humility,
and not presume stubbornly to defend their opinions;
but let the decision rather depend on the Abbot's judgment,
and all submit to whatever he shall decide for their welfare.
However, just as it is proper
for the disciples to obey their master,
so also it is his function
to dispose all things with prudence and justice.
Benedictine government is not pure democracy, but it is a lot more
representative than Church government in its time or, for that
matter, our own. One sometimes wishes that both Church and state
of today had a more Benedictine flavor!
Over 15 centuries of Benedictine history, constitutions have divided
the powers of abbot and community more specifically. There are times-
not many, to be sure- when a chapter can thwart an abbot. There are
times the abbot cannot act alone. But, by and large, our superiors
have been left with a lot more power than the US President or the
Queen of the United Kingdom, but less power than the average bishop.
The way of St. Benedict is hardly mob rule, but it does ensure a
voice to those governed, a voice that must be listened to, even when
it is not definitive. How clearly St. Benedict saw what would happen to
a community with no voice: the members would feel ripped off, and rightly
There is no way at all that the world was ready for pure democracy in
St. Benedict's time. The majority of the populace was illiterate, few
indeed were educated, and there were no means of mass communication.
Whole empires, like the Aztec and Incan, rose without the slightest
awareness that there were other people on the planet, nor was the rest
of the world aware of them. I would be the last person to call for free
elections in such a milieu. By contrast, it almost makes feudalism look like
a really good idea for the times.
And maybe it was, but it has ceased to be for our own time. There are
clearly levels of education, communication and general ability in the
population today that call for more participation, not less. Tough
saying, but St. Benedict was writing for a society whose rank and
file was largely full of uncouth rustics. True, they got a lot of their rough
edges honed down in the monastic setting, but they were not as
capable of contributing to decision-making as people are today.
I am not writing this with an axe to grind, saying that the world should
follow the Benedictine model. (Though that would certainly be my personal
wish.) What I am trying to point out is the perennial wealth and freshness
to be found in St. Benedict's Holy Rule. Its wisdom is as germane today as
it was 1,500 years ago. It bears the proud hallmark of both truth and
it is ageless.
Love and prayers,
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+PAX Prayers, please, for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the following, for al their loved ones and all who take care of them: Pat, terminal brainMessage 236 of 236 , Nov 21, 2012View Source+PAX
Prayers, please, for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the following, for al their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Pat, terminal brain cancer, for her happy death.
Deo gratias, David got his contract, prayers for him in his new job.
Debbie , a mother of two young children, just diagnosed with lymphoma leukemia;
Shannon, that she know God's great love for her and be open to his guidance and will;
for financial stability for two persons who are in debt
Andrew, brain cancer, on his 31st birthday.
Lorene, experiencing pains and illness symptoms and worried about results of what this could be. Please pray that she is fine and no disease/illness. Very frightened.
for those still suffering from Hurricane Sandy. May they come out of this tragedy with optimism and find love, peace, health and happiness again.
Paul C. and his family, for God's will to be done.
Prayers for the eternal rest of John F. Kennedy, on the anniversary of his
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
March 23, July 23, November 22
Chapter 43: On Those Who Come Late to the Work of God or to Table
Anyone who does not come to table before the verse,
so that all together may say the verse and the oration
and all sit down to table at the same time --
through his own carelessness or bad habit
does not come on time
shall be corrected for this up to the second time.
If then he does not amend,
he shall not be allowed to share in the common table,
but shall be separated from the company of all
and made to eat alone,
and his portion of wine shall be taken away from him,
until he has made satisfaction and has amended.
And let him suffer a like penalty who is not present
at the verse said after the meal.
OK, before we all get hopelessly mired in the belief that St.
Benedict is REALLY mired in punctuality issues, let's try a parable
reality check. What if every bus (or train or plane or subway,)
waited for the latecomer to arrive? For starters, the schedule of
everyone sitting helpless on that mode of transportation would be
disrupted. Everyone would be late, every single one. Some would miss
work, others a wedding, others still a connection with friends to
leave on vacation. If all public transport followed such a program,
our whole world would be a chaotic mess of very unhappy campers in
Benedictine communities do things together. Usually, that means that
a late arrival at a meal keeps everyone sitting there when already
finished, waiting for the tardy one to eat. (Occasionally a superior
will intervene and end the meal more or less on time, but often that
is not the case. Everybody waits.) This lengthening of the meal then
throws the whole schedule off. The Office cannot suffer, it's times
are inexorable, so what usually gets clipped is free time, recreation
or work. Rob people of these on a regular basis and they can get very
Lateness which is unavoidable is just that, unavoidable. That's a
time when the meal ought to be prolonged, when the others ought to
witness that we "bear one another's burdens" and so fulfill the law
of Christ. Brother X is my brother. I am responsible for a large chunk
of his communal life. If I say that doesn't matter and stroll into
dinner whenever I feel like it, something is terribly wrong with me.
I need to have my skewed vision and values corrected. That's what
this is all about: loving one another rightly.
Much of the Holy Rule which deals with communal life (and is VERY
easy to apply to family life or workplace,) has to do with what should
really be common courtesy and decency. Granted, sometimes those values get
wrapped in ancient language and gesture, making it less easy to see
how simple and modern they are, but those exhortations to polite,
considerate, gentle living are things anyone can follow in any milieu, to great
benefit! Many of those courtesies are threatened or altogether lacking today.
Helping keep them alive may start a conversion in another we will never know
Love and prayers,
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