4466Holy Rule for Jan. 30
- Jan 29, 2014+PAXPrayers for the eternal rest of the following, for all their families and all who mourn them:MarifelRosalie, 56.NevinaClaricePrayers for the following:Vita, 80's, cardiac ablation today for pacemaker problems.Juan Pablo, for his job, family, health and life´s project.Rene, clogged arteries.S., for a return to Church and the Sacraments.Phil M., diagnosed with a fast moving leukemia two weeks
ago. Last Tuesday they started using him as
an experiment with new drugs. By Thursday, he was in a wheel chair.
Yesterday they intubated him with an oxygen tube. Expectations are not
Phil L., picked up a infection that antibodies are not working on,
expectations of a recovery not good.Lorna, recovering from surgery, and for her teenage daughter who has just been discovered to have cancer.Deo gratias and prayers of thanks, Seamus got a Navy ROTC scholarship.Andrew and his 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
January 30, May 31, September 30
Chapter 7: On Humility
The second degree of humility
is that a person love not his own will
nor take pleasure in satisfying his desires,
but model his actions on the saying of the Lord,
"I have come not to do My own will,
but the will of Him who sent Me" (John 6:38).
It is written also,
"Self-will has its punishment,
but constraint wins a crown."
OK, who doesn't love their own will, or take pleasure in satisfying
their desires? Who doesn't love the dearest things they own and
treasure? For a healthy person, all of these are very normal loves.
For some of us, one or another of these loves can be very much part of
our vocation. The key is to keep them ordered, in line and yes, balanced!
The means to this step is neither to go overboard hunting for things
we hate to afflict ourselves with nor to insist on our own way at all
costs. The real meaning here is found in the statement that Christ
came not to do His own will, but the will of His Father, even in Gethsemane,
even on the Cross.
Alas, in us, our own will often DOES win: why else would we be
struggling along the monastic way all our lives? Unlike Jesus, we are
not sinless, we are able to sin and often do so all too gladly! We
must daily- even minute to minute- turn from the bad in our own
wills. It is an ongoing fight, but that is what conversatio morum means,
the commitment to live monastically, to reform our lives monastically.
As Benedictines we will- indeed, must- always be straining
against the negative goad, always be seeking the place of greater
light and good.
The will of God is frequently very hard to see. For some of us, at
some times, it seems downright impossible to see. There will always be
times when we must trundle along blindly, without our senses to
reassure us. That is why trust is such an integral part of our
monastic struggle. At those times, the only way haltingly forward is
to embrace the blinding darkness before us and firmly, trustingly
clutch the merciful hand of Christ. Jesus, I trust in You!
Love and prayers,
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