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4477Holy Rule for Feb. 10

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  • Br. Jerome Leo
    Feb 9, 2014
      A blessed feast of St. Scholastica to all. It is a solemnity here, as she is our nuns' patron. Prayers for our nuns at St. Scholastica Priory, please, and prayers for all Benedictine women.
      Prayers for Marlene, who just entered our nuns as a postulant on Saturday.
      Prayers for the eternal rest of John, on his death anniversary, and for Doreen, his wife and for his children and all his family.
      Prayers for the rapid and full recovery of Sr. Mary Feane, who suffered a stroke and wasn't found until a couple of days later.
      Deo gratias and prayers of thanks, Andrea is doing very well recovering from her brain tumor surgery.
      Prayers for Andrew and his family in Pakistan, that God give them they help they need, they are in dire straits and hungry, cannot get food.
      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 10, June 11, October 11
      Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

      In the winter time,
      that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
      the sisters shall rise
      at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
      so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
      and rise with their rest completed.
      And the time that remains after the Night Office
      should be spent in study
      by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
      or the lessons.

      From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
      the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
      which is to be said at daybreak,
      will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
      during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.


      Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
      is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
      bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. It's part of
      the human and part of family life. As casually as a mother asks young
      children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
      of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
      without great discomfort!

      The tender concern of a loving parent comes through loud and clear
      here. St. Benedict is well aware that he is not setting up a spa
      resort, but he also wants the monastics living by his ascetic regime
      to live in the reasonable comfort of moderation. "Reasonable," that
      is, in accord with reason; and "comfort" that is, to strengthen,
      literally, "with-strength".

      It's not
      supposed to be easy, ( and it isn't!) but being a monastic isn't
      supposed to be ALL gritted teeth, either. We Benedictines need, as
      Hopkins put it: "room to let joy size."!

      So, yeah, let them sleep enough, but not too much. And after they've
      been chanting in Church for a good long while, give 'em all a
      bathroom break. This is not the program of a heartless, joyless,
      unloving taskmaster!

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      Petersham, MA

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