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3069Holy Rule for June 7

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  • Br. Jerome Leo
    Jun 6, 2010

      Don, for whom we prayed, has died without seeing the Priest. Ardent prayers for the repose of his soul and for his brother, Jim, his wife and family and all who mourn him.

      Kaitlin, whose test we prayed for has also been able to get out of the bad real estate deal she was enmeshed in. Deo gratias, and thanksgiving prayers!

      Lola, whose back surgery we prayed for, has now developed pain/numbness in her other leg. Unsure of the cause, possibly a bone chip or spur, they are taking her back to surgery this afternoon. Continued prayers, please, and for her brother, Richard and all their family.

      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

      February 6, June 7, October 7
      Chapter 7: On Humility

      The ninth degree of humility
      is that a monk restrain his tongue and keep silence,
      not speaking until he is questioned.
      For the Scripture shows
      that "in much speaking there is no escape from sin" (Prov. 10:19)
      and that "the talkative man is not stable on the earth" (Ps. 139:12).


      OK, if you are a parent, you cannot speak to your children only when
      they question you. The therapy bills in later years would be
      astronomical. There are many situations in a Benedictine life lived
      in the world, among non-monastics, where this has to be altered, but
      its kernel of truth must be discovered and maintained.

      WHY do we talk needlessly? Quite often it is nothing more than a
      trick to change the reality around us. We are bored, or we feel we
      are not getting enough attention or we think the mood too heavy, so
      we speak to change whatever annoys us at the moment. I should know.
      I am infamous for creating my own entertainment when things seem
      dull to me. That's not always a great idea...

      Some tough moments, some difficult stuff are meant to be endured.
      They are part of our necessary learning and growth. Ever notice how
      we assess a child's maturity by its ability to be quiet and non-
      fidgety in surroundings (like Church!) that do not spoon feed its
      attention span? Well, the same is true of us at every stage. We do
      ourselves harm if we defuse every single tense moment with a word or
      two. We cheat ourselves.

      All too often we speak only to remind the universe around us, which
      has carelessly forgotten for a second that we are its center, of a
      whole bevy of falsehoods: I am the cutest, smartest, or wittiest, I
      have the solution to all of this. What folly on the part of the
      entire cosmos to forget our importance! Better speak to clear the
      matter up...

      Those who know me are thinking: "HE wrote THIS?!?" Yes, alas, I am
      guilty of all I wrote. Three times a year the Holy Rule reminds me of
      that and each time I am aware that I need to work on it. Thanks be to
      God, the Rule IS read three times a year: usually by the time the
      next reading comes up, my interest has flagged and I have to start
      over. As for the part about the talkative not being "stable on the
      earth," well, there have been times in the last 18 years
      when God had to nail my feet to the floor to keep me faithful and I am
      not dead yet... I have not always been His most willing pupil, but
      oh, is He ever patient! And infinitely merciful!

      But, as one Desert Father said, that's what we do all day in
      monasteries: "We fall down and we get up."

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      Petersham, MA

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