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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias for the Pope God has given us. We must thank Him, even if that is difficult for us. God DOES know best, and the prayers
    Message 1 of 5 , Apr 20, 2005
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      Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias for the Pope God has given us. We must thank Him, even if that is difficult for us. God DOES know best, and the prayers of millions, hundreds of millions, for the guidance of the Holy Spirit cannot have been ignored by our merciful God. May He direct Pope Benedict XVI to do only His will.

      Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias from George- first day as union steward went well- may he continue to prosper in that role! Prayers for the eternal rest of Jennifer Lynn, 30, many of her short years were troubled ones, and for all her family and friends. Prayers for Fr. Basil Pennington, still very ill and struggling with a LONG recovery from his auto accident injuries, expected to be a while yet in ICU. For God's guidance and the gift of discernment for Nanette about a job opportunity. Lord, help them 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

      April 20, August 20, December 20
      Chapter 64: On Constituting an Abbess
      [How Providential that this reading should turn up today!]

      In the constituting of an Abbess
      let this plan always be followed,
      that the office be conferred on the one who is chosen
      either by the whole community unanimously in the fear of God
      or else by a part of the community, however small,
      if its counsel is more wholesome.

      Merit of life and wisdom of doctrine
      should determine the choice of the one to be constituted,
      even if she be the last of the order of the community.

      But if (which God forbid)
      the whole community should agree to choose a person
      who will acquiesce in their vices,
      and if those vices somehow become known to the Bishop
      to whose diocese the place belongs,
      or to the Abbots, Abbesses or the faithful of the vicinity,
      let them prevent the success of this conspiracy of the wicked,
      and set a worthy steward over the house of God.
      They may be sure
      that they will receive a good reward for this action
      if they do it with a pure intention and out of zeal for God;
      as, on the contrary, they will sin if they fail to do it.

      REFLECTION

      There is an old monastic saying that holds that "The community gets
      the Abbot it deserves and the vocations it deserves." Like most
      generalizations, this one has kernels of both falsity and truth.
      Heresy is obviously taking a small truth and making it the only truth
      and this is no different. It is rash (even if sometimes seemingly
      handy!) to simplify the inscrutable workings of the Holy Spirit, of
      our all-merciful God and His love into such a small compartment of
      phrase! There is infinitely more to God's loving plan than that.

      God has a plan from all eternity which none may ultimately thwart. Even
      those who seek to impede that plan serve only to further its cause, whether
      they want to or not, whether they know it or not. God can use anything.

      And *A* plan is exactly the right phrase: God has ONLY one plan, with
      only one goal: the salvation of all. God lacks a plan B because none is
      necessary. God uses ALL human agency, of any kind, to further the
      perfect good of God's plan. God can turn absolutely every human
      event, good or evil, to useful means to further that perfect plan of love,
      mercy, salvation and good- yes, even joy!- for all.

      However, there IS that kernel of truth! I have certainly lived
      through times myself and seen them elsewhere which gave
      frightening credence to one or both halves of the axiom! There is a
      human side to these things, God DOES use human means to accomplish
      His perfect Will and we, let us face it, are far from perfect
      ourselves!

      On that human side of things, like does tend to attract like. A house
      where holiness is at least frequent, if not common, is likely to
      elect an Abbot good and holy enough to nurture that. Unfortunately,
      houses often elect one Abbot to counterbalance the effects, not
      always delightful, of a predecessor, so a lot of things come into
      play here. A house where holiness abounds is likely to attract holy
      vocations. This is also sadly true of some mediocre situations. I
      have long felt that God has chosen a WIDE diversity of monastic
      observance so that all those He calls could find a slot somewhere.

      The sad truth that the saying does NOT address is that even good and
      holy houses are thirsting badly for vocations these days. Something
      else, something other, something strange has been added to imbalance
      the equation and no one can be sure just what. Pray, pray with all
      your hearts for vocations, good and holy vocations to the monastic
      life on every level, as monks, as nuns, as Oblates. With our dimmed
      vision looking through glasses darkly, we can neither see nor know
      perfectly what wonders of His Will God is working now, much less why!
      Just pray for His Will for all of us!

      Love and prayers,

      Jerome, OSB
      http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
      jeromeleo@...
      Petersham, MA

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    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Prayers of Deo gratias and thanksgiving for Bev and Cas, celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary this week, many more happy, blessed years! Prayers of
      Message 2 of 5 , Apr 20, 2006
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        Prayers of Deo gratias and thanksgiving for Bev and Cas, celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary this week, many more happy, blessed years! Prayers of Deo gratias for the woman we prayed for a few weeks ago who was refusing hospice care, causing terrible strain among her sons and family. All was resolved smoothly and she has died and gone to God. For her happy death and eternal rest, for her sons and all who mourn her. Deo gratias for George, who got the job he wanted helping addicted folks re-enter society, may God strengthen him and make all George's efforts truly His own work!

        Prayers for Watson, compound ankle fracture, and for a teammate he collided with at a baseball game, who has a concussion. Both are high school age. Prayers for Heather, faced with the difficult task of having her mother-in-law, Virginia, committed. The latter is still at large somewhere, may she be able to see that her family is only trying to lovingly get her the help she desperately needs. Prayers for J. and J., both having troubles with their faith, may the Holy Spirit fill them with His Truth! 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

        April 20, August 20, December 20
        Chapter 64: On Constituting an Abbess

        In the constituting of an Abbess
        let this plan always be followed,
        that the office be conferred on the one who is chosen
        either by the whole community unanimously in the fear of God
        or else by a part of the community, however small,
        if its counsel is more wholesome.

        Merit of life and wisdom of doctrine
        should determine the choice of the one to be constituted,
        even if she be the last of the order of the community.

        But if (which God forbid)
        the whole community should agree to choose a person
        who will acquiesce in their vices,
        and if those vices somehow become known to the Bishop
        to whose diocese the place belongs,
        or to the Abbots, Abbesses or the faithful of the vicinity,
        let them prevent the success of this conspiracy of the wicked,
        and set a worthy steward over the house of God.
        They may be sure
        that they will receive a good reward for this action
        if they do it with a pure intention and out of zeal for God;
        as, on the contrary, they will sin if they fail to do it.

        REFLECTION

        There is an old monastic saying that holds that "The community gets
        the Abbot it deserves and the vocations it deserves." Like most
        generalizations, this one has kernels of both falsity and truth.
        Heresy is obviously taking a small truth and making it the only truth
        and this is no different. It is rash (even if sometimes seemingly
        handy!) to simplify the inscrutable workings of the Holy Spirit, of
        our all-merciful God and His love into such a small compartment of
        phrase! There is infinitely more to God's loving plan than that.

        God has a plan from all eternity which none may ultimately thwart. Even
        those who seek to impede that plan serve only to further its cause, whether
        they want to or not, whether they know it or not. God can use anything.

        And *A* plan is exactly the right phrase: God has ONLY one plan, with
        only one goal: the salvation of all. God lacks a plan B because none is
        necessary. God uses ALL human agency, of any kind, to further the
        perfect good of His plan. God can turn absolutely every human
        event, good or evil, to useful means to further that perfect plan of love,
        mercy, salvation and good- yes, even joy!- for all.

        However, there IS that kernel of truth! I have certainly lived
        through times myself and seen them elsewhere which gave
        frightening credence to one or both halves of the axiom! There is a
        human side to these things, God DOES use human means to accomplish
        His perfect Will and we, let us face it, are far from perfect
        ourselves!

        On that human side of things, like does tend to attract like. A house
        where holiness is at least frequent, if not common, is likely to
        elect an Abbot good and holy enough to nurture that. Unfortunately,
        houses often elect one Abbot to counterbalance the effects, (not
        always delightful,) of his predecessor, so a lot of things come into
        play here. A house where holiness abounds is likely to attract holy
        vocations. This is also sadly true of some mediocre situations. I
        have long felt that God has chosen a WIDE diversity of monastic
        observance so that all those He calls could find a slot somewhere.

        The grim truth that the saying does NOT address is that even good and
        holy houses are thirsting badly for vocations these days. Something
        else, something other, something strange has been added to imbalance
        the equation and no one can be sure just what. Pray, pray with all
        your hearts for vocations, good and holy vocations to the monastic
        life on every level, as monks, as nuns, as Oblates. With our dimmed
        vision looking through glasses darkly, we can neither see nor know
        perfectly what wonders of His Will God is working now, much less why!
        Just pray for His Will for all of us!

        Love and prayers,

        Jerome, OSB
        http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
        jeromeleo@...
        Petersham, MA

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      • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
        +PAX Deo gratias, Tom, for whom we prayed, will not have to go to court, the case was settled out of court. Prayers for Bev and Cas, celebrating their 27th
        Message 3 of 5 , Apr 19, 2007
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          Deo gratias, Tom, for whom we prayed, will not have to go to court, the case
          was settled out of court. Prayers for Bev and Cas, celebrating their 27th
          wedding anniversary, ad multos annos!

          Prayers, please, for Fran, she has been fighting Lyme disease for some time
          and is not improving, also for her husband, Doug. Prayers, too, for the ACT
          Region 17 retreat as reservations are slow. The retreat is next week-end.
          Also, prayers for Ann Marie at 11AM on Friday, getting the results of a test done
          for a Leadership Course.

          Prayers, please, for Ryan 20 years old; new National Guard helicopter pilot
          going to Iraq in May, and for his Mom and Dad, understandably concerned.
          Prayers for Brian, 24, continual migraines for 7 weeks now, out of light 22 hours
          a day, had to drop out of college, can't sleep, his whole life is in upheaval
          and doctors say nothing can be done, also for his worried parents. Prayers
          for another Ann Marie and her son, Mark, both have stomach virus, Ann Marie's
          persisting since Easter, also for George, her husband. 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

          April 20, August 20, December 20
          Chapter 64: On Constituting an Abbess

          In the constituting of an Abbess
          let this plan always be followed,
          that the office be conferred on the one who is chosen
          either by the whole community unanimously in the fear of God
          or else by a part of the community, however small,
          if its counsel is more wholesome.

          Merit of life and wisdom of doctrine
          should determine the choice of the one to be constituted,
          even if she be the last of the order of the community.

          But if (which God forbid)
          the whole community should agree to choose a person
          who will acquiesce in their vices,
          and if those vices somehow become known to the Bishop
          to whose diocese the place belongs,
          or to the Abbots, Abbesses or the faithful of the vicinity,
          let them prevent the success of this conspiracy of the wicked,
          and set a worthy steward over the house of God.
          They may be sure
          that they will receive a good reward for this action
          if they do it with a pure intention and out of zeal for God;
          as, on the contrary, they will sin if they fail to do it.

          REFLECTION

          There is an old monastic saying that holds that "The community gets
          the Abbot it deserves and the vocations it deserves." Like most
          generalizations, this one has kernels of both falsity and truth.
          Heresy is obviously taking a small truth and making it the only truth
          and this is no different. It is rash (even if sometimes seemingly
          handy!) to simplify the inscrutable workings of the Holy Spirit, of
          our all-merciful God and His love into such a small compartment of
          phrase! There is infinitely more to God's loving plan than that.

          God has a plan from all eternity which none may ultimately thwart. Even
          those who seek to impede that plan serve only to further its cause, whether
          they want to or not, whether they know it or not. God can use anything.

          And *A* plan is exactly the right phrase: God has ONLY one plan, with
          only one goal: the salvation of all. God lacks a plan B because none is
          necessary. God uses ALL human agency, of any kind, to further the
          perfect good of His plan. God can turn absolutely every human
          event, good or evil, to useful means to further that perfect plan of love,
          mercy, salvation and good- yes, even joy!- for all.

          However, there IS that kernel of truth! I have certainly lived
          through times myself and seen them elsewhere which gave
          frightening credence to one or both halves of the axiom! There is a
          human side to these things, God DOES use human means to accomplish
          His perfect Will and we, let us face it, are far from perfect
          ourselves!

          On that human side of things, like does tend to attract like. A house
          where holiness is at least frequent, if not common, is likely to
          elect an Abbot good and holy enough to nurture that. Unfortunately,
          houses often elect one Abbot to counterbalance the effects, (not
          always delightful,) of his predecessor, so a lot of things come into
          play here. A house where holiness abounds is likely to attract holy
          vocations. This is also sadly true of some mediocre situations. I
          have long felt that God has chosen a WIDE diversity of monastic
          observance so that all those He calls could find a slot somewhere.

          The grim truth that the saying does NOT address is that even good and
          holy houses are thirsting badly for vocations these days. Something
          else, something other, something strange has been added to imbalance
          the equation and no one can be sure just what. Pray, pray with all
          your hearts for vocations, good and holy vocations to the monastic
          life on every level, as monks, as nuns, as Oblates. With our dimmed
          vision looking through glasses darkly, we can neither see nor know
          perfectly what wonders of His Will God is working now, much less why!
          Just pray for His Will for all of us!

          Love and prayers,

          Jerome, OSB
          _http://www.stmarysmonastery.org_ (http://www.stmarysmonastery.org/)
          _brjeromeleo@..._ (mailto:brjeromeleo@...)
          Petersham, MA






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        • jeromeleo@stmarysmonastery.org
          +PAX Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following: Craig and Elaine, for a rekindling of their marriage. Prayers for Paul,
          Message 4 of 5 , Apr 19, 2008
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            Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following:

            Craig and Elaine, for a rekindling of their marriage.

            Prayers for Paul, still in mental health ward, and Mara, his wife.

            Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of Ken, who has gone to God, and for his wife, Margaret, and all who mourn him.

            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

            April 20, August 20, December 20
            Chapter 64: On Constituting an Abbess

            In the constituting of an Abbess
            let this plan always be followed,
            that the office be conferred on the one who is chosen
            either by the whole community unanimously in the fear of God
            or else by a part of the community, however small,
            if its counsel is more wholesome.

            Merit of life and wisdom of doctrine
            should determine the choice of the one to be constituted,
            even if she be the last of the order of the community.

            But if (which God forbid)
            the whole community should agree to choose a person
            who will acquiesce in their vices,
            and if those vices somehow become known to the Bishop
            to whose diocese the place belongs,
            or to the Abbots, Abbesses or the faithful of the vicinity,
            let them prevent the success of this conspiracy of the wicked,
            and set a worthy steward over the house of God.
            They may be sure
            that they will receive a good reward for this action
            if they do it with a pure intention and out of zeal for God;
            as, on the contrary, they will sin if they fail to do it.

            REFLECTION

            There is an old monastic saying that holds that "The community gets
            the Abbot it deserves and the vocations it deserves." Like most
            generalizations, this one has kernels of both falsity and truth.
            Heresy is obviously taking a small truth and making it the only truth
            and this is no different. It is rash (even if sometimes seemingly
            handy!) to simplify the inscrutable workings of the Holy Spirit, of
            our all-merciful God and His love into such a small compartment of
            phrase! There is infinitely more to God's loving plan than that.

            God has a plan from all eternity which none may ultimately thwart. Even
            those who seek to impede that plan serve only to further its cause, whether
            they want to or not, whether they know it or not. God can use anything.

            And *A* plan is exactly the right phrase: God has ONLY one plan, with
            only one goal: the salvation of all. God lacks a plan B because none is
            necessary. God uses ALL human agency, of any kind, to further the
            perfect good of His plan. God can turn absolutely every human
            event, good or evil, to useful means to further that perfect plan of love,
            mercy, salvation and good- yes, even joy!- for all.

            However, there IS that kernel of truth! I have certainly lived
            through times myself and seen them elsewhere which gave
            frightening credence to one or both halves of the axiom! There is a
            human side to these things, God DOES use human means to accomplish
            His perfect Will and we, let us face it, are far from perfect
            ourselves!

            On that human side of things, like does tend to attract like. A house
            where holiness is at least frequent, if not common, is likely to
            elect an Abbot good and holy enough to nurture that. Unfortunately,
            houses often elect one Abbot to counterbalance the effects, (not
            always delightful,) of his predecessor, so a lot of things come into
            play here. A house where holiness abounds is likely to attract holy
            vocations. This is also sadly true of some mediocre situations. I
            have long felt that God has chosen a WIDE diversity of monastic
            observance so that all those He calls could find a slot somewhere.

            The grim truth that the saying does NOT address is that even good and
            holy houses are thirsting badly for vocations these days. Something
            else, something other, something strange has been added to imbalance
            the equation and no one can be sure just what. Pray, pray with all
            your hearts for vocations, good and holy vocations to the monastic
            life on every level, as monks, as nuns, as Oblates. With our dimmed
            vision looking through glasses darkly, we can neither see nor know
            perfectly what wonders of His Will God is working now, much less why!
            Just pray for His Will for all of us!

            Love and prayers,

            Jerome, OSB
            http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
            Petersham, MA




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