4454Holy Rule for Jan. 19
- Jan 18, 2014+PAXPrayers for the eternal rest of Mikaael, the 3 year old we prayed for. He was found dead and the criminal investigation is ongoing. Prayers for all who searched for him and his family and all who mourn him.Prayers for a man who married again and his first wife and children who are devastated. Prayers for all.Prayers for Chamb, who fell off a roof.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
January 19, May 20, September 19
Chapter 4: What Are the Instruments of Good Works
Not to give way to anger.
Not to nurse a grudge.
Not to entertain deceit in one's heart.
Not to give a false peace.
Not to forsake charity.
Not to swear, for fear of perjuring oneself.
To utter truth from heart and mouth.
Not to return evil for evil.
To do no wrong to anyone, and to bear patiently wrongs done to
To love one's enemies.
Not to curse those who curse us, but rather to bless them.
To bear persecution for justice' sake.
Not to be proud.
Not addicted to wine.
Not a great eater.
Not a grumbler.
Not a detractor.
To put one's hope in God.
To attribute to God, and not to self, whatever good one sees in
But to recognize always that the evil is one's own doing, and to
impute it to oneself.
A beginning warning as we read these instruments of good works: don't
focus on the few you already can more or less manage! Lots of people
do that, carefully skimming over the ones they can't dream of doing
or fathoming, patting themselves on the back for the stray one here
and there they can. (E.g., "Hey, I don't murder anybody...") None of
us could do any of these things at all without grace and mercy. It is
all God's gift that allows us to do good. The most important
instruments of good works are the ones we HAVEN'T mastered... yet!!
Just a quickie on one of these: "Not to forsake charity." St. Paul
tells us that love never gives up. There is a similarity here to the
vow of conversion of manners: one never gives up striving for
holiness or the vow is broken. So it is with love: if we give up, it
If we deny that a person can ever change, we deny an important truth: all
people can change, even those who annoy or hurt us the most. Insisting that a
person will never be any better is clinging to a falsehood. The person MIGHT
never change, sure, but to insist that we KNOW someone never will improve is a
lie. We know nothing of the sort. Every lie diminishes our sharing in truth.
Since Jesus said He is the Truth, we must grasp and gather every bit of truth
that we can. To cling to a false (and uncharitable,) conviction of a
person's perpetual inability to become better is to work against ourselves. We
should be gathering truth, not lies.
One of the Dominican applications of their motto, "Veritas", Truth,
to spirituality is to justify study by Jesus' statement that He is
the Truth. Hence, every bit and fragment of real truth that
Dominicans gain in their learning is like one more piece of the
puzzle, one more shard of the shattered mirror of human consciousness
that reflects Christ. The more we learn of truth, the more familiar
His face will be to us when we finally see Him.
Jesus said He was the Truth, St. John tells us God is love. The two
are intertwined in the essence of God. They must also be wound
together tightly in our ways of loving, forgiving and knowing each
Love and prayers,
- << Previous post in topic Next post in topic >>