4353Holy Rule for Oct. 19
- Oct 18, 2013+PAXPrayers 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 and
grace. God is never absent, praise Him! Thanks so muh. JL
February 18, June 19, October 19
Chapter 15: At What Times "Alleluia" Is to Be Said
From holy Easter until Pentecost without interruption
let "Alleluia" be said both in the Psalms and in the responsories.
From Pentecost 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
Easter to Pentecost.
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. Well, now
I up the ante a bit and add the equivalent of "Alleluia!" , "praise
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 else at
all, it *IS* in Him and must be acknowledged.
"Alleluia" means "Praise the Lord!" I know we have taken it to mean
something a lot more like "Whoopee!", but it doesn't. I bow to St.
Benedict and Western tradition in the liturgical use. In our
hearts, however, there should be an "Alleluia/praise the Lord" at
all times and seasons. "Praise the Lord anyhow!" the charismatics used to say
when 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 HIV.
I was not always very graceful about that, nor about many a
heartbreak, but I do know and I can honestly say that God's will HAS
been best, always best. My 20/20 hindsight must, though grudgingly
at times, fully own that Alleluia was appropriate at every point,
in every instance.
Saying that does not mean that I can no longer be terrified at this
or that prospect. I can. We all can. Jesus was in Gethsemane. It is
a very human fear, and God finds our humanity, in which He sees His
Son, very 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
ourselves to praise!
In every heartbreak, in every despair, in every grief we must
ardently cling to our faith that God is merciful and good. We must
see that when we feel unable to see it. We must, by faith and sheer
will, affirm that the Lord must be praised at all times. He is not
mean. Whatever is bleak shall never, ever lack His tender,
caressing hand behind it, no matter how unseen to us. It is there.
He is there. Always! Praise the Lord! ALLELUIA!
Love and prayers,
Jerome, OSBPetersham, MA
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