4467Holy Rule for Jan. 31
- Jan 30, 2014+PAXPrayers for the following:Debbie's Mom, osteomyelitis and needs a toe amputation, and for Debbie's Dad, dementia.Fr. Mark, strange blood disorder and seems to be getting worse, going home for treatment.Another priest with another type of blood disorder.Ben and Jess, successful child birth for their first child, due in April
Rita Elizabeth, severe chronic pain, anxiety attacks, rheumatoid arthritis, and recently had a stroke and a heart attack.
Jimmy O., needs job as soon as possible.
JSO, success in studies and in research
Beverly, special intention discernment and more self discipline
Barb and Robert, special intention.
Deo gratias for past prayers answered.Fr. G., for healing and for his community.Prayers, please, for Mary Rose, on her 53rd birthday. Graces and blessings 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 much. JL
January 31, June 1, October 1
Chapter 7: On Humility
The third degree of humility is that a person
for love of God
submit himself to his Superior in all obedience,
imitating the Lord, of whom the Apostle says,
"He became obedient even unto death."
Merton once wrote "Love is the Rule." That's what we can so often
miss. One obeys out of love, love of God.
Trust my limited experience here, please, if we are acting on solely
human considerations, there is no human being on earth whose tool kit
is so complete that one can joyously follow and obey them without any
reserve or hesitation, not one. But we aren't doing it for human reasons:
we are obeying for God.
We do it for love, not for wisdom. We do it for love, not for taste
or class or savoir faire. We do it for love, not because the superior
is brilliant or right or gifted in any way. We don't do it because of
the superior at all, if we are going about things the right way. We
do it for love, for love of God.
Anything less than love of God as a motive will fall flat on its
face, and sooner rather than later! It never takes long. Life itself,
within the cloister or without, is full of so much purblind stupidity
and outright rubbish that nothing could sustain one other than love
Mother or Father might quite pointedly know little or nothing at all. The will
of God sometimes comes through to us in spite of them, not because they
are wise or stupid, right or wrong, but because of love, God's love for us.
Many people in authority advance the will of God for reasons that have little
or nothing to do with God!
They may do it unwittingly, they may do it cruelly or wrong-headedly, but
that hardly matters: the will of God comes through. I think there is a
mystical point where the love and will of God for one cannot ultimately be
thwarted, where it is actually advanced by humans who have not a clue what they
are doing. Even some actively opposed to His will nevertheless advance it without a
clue. God can use anything, even His opponents, to do good for those who
love Him, who trust Him and let Him act in their souls.
We do it for love, and that love will shield us, regardless, in the
armor of His will. We must only trust Him, trust His Divine Mercy,
Love and prayers,
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