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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Prayers, please, for Lorraine, who has died after a long battle with throat cancer, for her family and for her friend, Shirley, who mourn her. Prayer for
    Message 1 of 5 , May 6, 2005
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      Prayers, please, for Lorraine, who has died after a long battle with throat cancer, for her family and for her friend, Shirley, who mourn her. Prayer for Fr. Shelton and his parish community, as they celebrate his funeral today. Prayers, too, for Amy, career discernment, that she get the job God wants and learn to trust Him when discouraged. 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

      January 5, May 6, September 5
      Prologue

      Hence the Lord says in the Gospel,
      "Whoever listens to these words of Mine and acts upon them,
      I will liken to a wise person
      who built a house on rock.
      The floods came,
      the winds blew and beat against that house,
      and it did not fall,
      because it had been founded on rock" (Matt. 7:24-25).

      Having given us these assurances,
      the Lord is waiting every day
      for us to respond by our deeds to His holy admonitions.
      And the days of this life are lengthened
      and a truce granted us for this very reason,
      that we may amend our evil ways.
      As the Apostle says,
      "Do you not know that God's patience is inviting you to repent" (Rom.
      2:4)?
      For the merciful Lord tells us,
      "I desire not the death of the sinner,
      but that the sinner should be converted and live" (Ezech. 33:11).

      REFLECTION

      Blessed Columba Marmion wrote:

      "You may ask: Is not the monastery the ante-chamber of Heaven?
      Assuredly it is; but to stay a long time in a waiting room and there
      to bear monotony and annoyances, can become singularly burdensome and
      require a big dose of endurance."

      Probably no one really likes waiting rooms and some of us loathe them
      far more than others. I certainly fall closer to the latter extreme!
      It's not that I can't find anything to do, I usually can read or
      pray, but not always. There is noisy talk, or there are sometimes
      TV's, both of which others need, so one can hardly grouse about them.
      That which makes a waiting room more tolerable (like silence,) for
      some makes it less so for others!

      Had I to wait an entire day in a waiting room, I'd come home truly
      fatigued. Weeks? Months? No doubt they'd have to crack out the
      leather wrist and ankle restraints and give me psychotropic drugs IV
      push!! I would be a mess. Patience is not my strong point and I am
      sure many can relate to that on one level or another.

      But Scripture and the Holy Rule assure us that a loving, all-merciful
      God waits far more than any of us could stand. He waits for all our
      lives, every instant, every millisecond. He waits before every
      conversion and after every fall. He waits till our death, if need be.
      Only then, when we can no longer run, does He open His arms of Divine
      Mercy one last all-but-irresistible time. Even then, we could
      refuse Him, but what folly that would be!

      He waits. He does not stalk or crouch in hiding like a predator. His
      are not the finite limits of some flawed human who watches only for
      our falls, who delights at every trip or stumble. He perfectly,
      patiently, lovingly, mercifully waits. GOD waits. For us, who are
      less than nothing by comparison, GOD Himself waits!

      There were many years when I was so emphatically trying to ignore
      Him, when "...I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways of my own
      mind..." I used to hate it when people quoted Francis Thompson's
      "Hound of Heaven" to me in those times. I am still annoyed
      by the poem insofar as it portrays God as a rather insuperably Herculean
      pursuer of very heavy foot! (Let us bless God that this is poetry and
      NOT Scripture!)

      I think that God has an infinitely more polite and respectful means
      of waiting and seeking. But there are great truths in Thompson's poem
      and I shall leave you with two excerpts, both quite near the end of the
      poem. Beloveds, may these be the first words we all hear at death!

      "All which thy child's mistake
      Fancies as lost. I have stored for thee at home:
      Rise, clasp My hand, and come!"

      "Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest.
      I am He Whom thou seekest!
      Thou dravest love from thee who dravest Me."

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

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    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of Jack, for whom we have prayed, who went to God yesterday morning, facing death without fear and
      Message 2 of 5 , May 6, 2006
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        Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of Jack, for whom we have prayed, who went to God yesterday morning, facing death without fear and peacefully, for his family and all his friends who mourn him.

        Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias, Sr. Eileen, for whom we prayed, is now home in her monastery's infirmary, prayers for her continued progress. Prayers for Casey, undergoing tests to see if there is some physiological cause for his mental symptoms, for his doctors, caretakers, and all involved. Several things to rule out before diagnosis is complete. 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 5, May 6, September 5
        Prologue

        Hence the Lord says in the Gospel,
        "Whoever listens to these words of Mine and acts upon them,
        I will liken to a wise person
        who built a house on rock.
        The floods came,
        the winds blew and beat against that house,
        and it did not fall,
        because it had been founded on rock" (Matt. 7:24-25).

        Having given us these assurances,
        the Lord is waiting every day
        for us to respond by our deeds to His holy admonitions.
        And the days of this life are lengthened
        and a truce granted us for this very reason,
        that we may amend our evil ways.
        As the Apostle says,
        "Do you not know that God's patience is inviting you to repent" (Rom.
        2:4)?
        For the merciful Lord tells us,
        "I desire not the death of the sinner,
        but that the sinner should be converted and live" (Ezech. 33:11).

        REFLECTION

        Blessed Columba Marmion wrote:

        "You may ask: Is not the monastery the ante-chamber of Heaven?
        Assuredly it is; but to stay a long time in a waiting room and there
        to bear monotony and annoyances, can become singularly burdensome and
        require a big dose of endurance."

        Probably no one really likes waiting rooms and some of us loathe them
        far more than others. I certainly fall closer to the latter extreme!
        It's not that I can't find anything to do, I usually can read or
        pray, but not always. There is noisy talk, or there are sometimes noisier
        TV's, both of which others need, so one can hardly grouse about them.
        That which makes a waiting room more tolerable (like silence,) for
        some makes it less so for others!

        Had I to wait an entire day in a waiting room, I'd come home truly
        fatigued. Weeks? Months? No doubt they'd have to crack out the
        leather wrist and ankle restraints and give me psychotropic drugs IV
        push!! I would be a mess. Patience is not my strong point and I am
        sure many can relate to that on one level or another.

        But Scripture and the Holy Rule assure us that a loving, all-merciful
        God waits far more than any of us could stand. He waits for all our
        lives, every instant, every millisecond. He waits before every
        conversion and after every fall. He waits till our death, if need be.
        Only then, when we can no longer run, does He open His arms of Divine
        Mercy one last all-but-irresistible time. Even then, we could
        refuse Him, but what folly that would be!

        He waits. He does not stalk or crouch in hiding like a predator. His
        are not the finite limits of some flawed human who watches only for
        our falls, who delights at every trip or stumble. He perfectly,
        patiently, lovingly, mercifully waits. GOD waits. For us, who are
        less than nothing by comparison, GOD Himself waits!

        There were many years when I was so emphatically trying to ignore
        Him, when "...I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways of my own
        mind..." I used to hate it when people quoted Francis Thompson's
        "Hound of Heaven" to me in those times. I am still annoyed
        by the poem insofar as it portrays God as a rather insuperably Herculean
        pursuer of very heavy foot! (Let us bless God that this is poetry and
        NOT Scripture!)

        I think that God has an infinitely more polite and respectful means
        of waiting and seeking. But there are great truths in Thompson's poem
        and I shall leave you with two excerpts, both quite near the end of the
        poem. Beloveds, may these be the first words we all hear at death!

        "All which thy child's mistake
        Fancies as lost. I have stored for thee at home:
        Rise, clasp My hand, and come!"

        "Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest.
        I am He Whom thou seekest!
        Thou dravest love from thee who dravest Me."

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

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      • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
        +PAX Prayers, please, for Dan, an 86 year old daily altar server. He is having an operation Monday for cancer of the face, possible malignant melanoma.
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          Prayers, please, for Dan, an 86 year old daily altar server. He is having an
          operation Monday for cancer of the face, possible malignant melanoma.
          Prayers for his doctors, and all those who treat all our prayer folks, in body,
          mind or spirit. God guide and reward them all. Prayers, too, for all his loved
          ones who worry for him.

          Prayers for S., diabetes, loss of vision in left eye and numbness in left
          leg, needing to be built up for a possible surgery, complicated by circulation
          problems. Also for the family, who cannot quite accept how serious this
          matter is. Prayers for a young man in New Hampshire who shot his college roommate
          (not fatally, Deo gratias,) but then shot and killed himself. For his happy
          death and eternal rest and for his family and friends who mourn him.

          Prayers for Joe, depression and for Tony, alcoholism. 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 5, May 6, September 5
          Prologue

          Hence the Lord says in the Gospel,
          "Whoever listens to these words of Mine and acts upon them,
          I will liken to a wise person
          who built a house on rock.
          The floods came,
          the winds blew and beat against that house,
          and it did not fall,
          because it had been founded on rock" (Matt. 7:24-25).

          Having given us these assurances,
          the Lord is waiting every day
          for us to respond by our deeds to His holy admonitions.
          And the days of this life are lengthened
          and a truce granted us for this very reason,
          that we may amend our evil ways.
          As the Apostle says,
          "Do you not know that God's patience is inviting you to repent" (Rom.
          2:4)?
          For the merciful Lord tells us,
          "I desire not the death of the sinner,
          but that the sinner should be converted and live" (Ezech. 33:11).

          REFLECTION

          Blessed Columba Marmion wrote:

          "You may ask: Is not the monastery the ante-chamber of Heaven?
          Assuredly it is; but to stay a long time in a waiting room and there
          to bear monotony and annoyances, can become singularly burdensome and
          require a big dose of endurance."

          Probably no one really likes waiting rooms and some of us loathe them
          far more than others. I certainly fall closer to the latter extreme!
          It's not that I can't find anything to do, I usually can read or
          pray, but not always. There is noisy talk, or there are sometimes noisier
          TV's, both of which others need, so one can hardly grouse about them.
          That which makes a waiting room more tolerable (like silence,) for
          some makes it less so for others!

          Had I to wait an entire day in a waiting room, I'd come home truly
          fatigued. Weeks? Months? No doubt they'd have to crack out the
          leather wrist and ankle restraints and give me psychotropic drugs IV
          push!! I would be a mess. Patience is not my strong point and I am
          sure many can relate to that on one level or another.

          But Scripture and the Holy Rule assure us that a loving, all-merciful
          God waits far more than any of us could stand. He waits for all our
          lives, every instant, every millisecond. He waits before every
          conversion and after every fall. He waits till our death, if need be.
          Only then, when we can no longer run, does He open His arms of Divine
          Mercy one last all-but-irresistible time. Even then, we could
          refuse Him, but what folly that would be!

          He waits. He does not stalk or crouch in hiding like a predator. His
          are not the finite limits of some flawed human who watches only for
          our falls, who delights at every trip or stumble. He perfectly,
          patiently, lovingly, mercifully waits. GOD waits. For us, who are
          less than nothing by comparison, GOD Himself waits!

          There were many years when I was so emphatically trying to ignore
          Him, when "...I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways of my own
          mind..." I used to hate it when people quoted Francis Thompson's
          "Hound of Heaven" to me in those times. I am still annoyed
          by the poem insofar as it portrays God as a rather insuperably Herculean
          pursuer of very heavy foot! (Let us bless God that this is poetry and
          NOT Scripture!)

          I think that God has an infinitely more polite and respectful means
          of waiting and seeking. But there are great truths in Thompson's poem
          and I shall leave you with two excerpts, both quite near the end of the
          poem. Beloveds, may these be the first words we all hear at death!

          "All which thy child's mistake
          Fancies as lost. I have stored for thee at home:
          Rise, clasp My hand, and come!"

          "Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest.
          I am He Whom thou seekest!
          Thou dravest love from thee who dravest Me."

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





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        • Br. Jerome Leo
          +PAX Please pray for the happy death and eternal rest of Francoise`s Father who died on April 25th (Alzheimer`s desease) and for Francoise and all who mourn
          Message 4 of 5 , May 5, 2008
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            Please pray for the happy death and eternal rest of Francoise`s Father who died on April 25th (Alzheimer`s desease) and for Francoise and all who mourn him.

            Please also pray for Brother Tadeus and Brother Gottschalk and their special intentions.

            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 5, May 6, September 5
            Prologue

            Hence the Lord says in the Gospel,
            "Whoever listens to these words of Mine and acts upon them,
            I will liken to a wise person
            who built a house on rock.
            The floods came,
            the winds blew and beat against that house,
            and it did not fall,
            because it had been founded on rock" (Matt. 7:24-25).

            Having given us these assurances,
            the Lord is waiting every day
            for us to respond by our deeds to His holy admonitions.
            And the days of this life are lengthened
            and a truce granted us for this very reason,
            that we may amend our evil ways.
            As the Apostle says,
            "Do you not know that God's patience is inviting you to repent" (Rom.
            2:4)?
            For the merciful Lord tells us,
            "I desire not the death of the sinner,
            but that the sinner should be converted and live" (Ezech. 33:11).

            REFLECTION

            Blessed Columba Marmion wrote:

            "You may ask: Is not the monastery the ante-chamber of Heaven?
            Assuredly it is; but to stay a long time in a waiting room and there
            to bear monotony and annoyances, can become singularly burdensome and
            require a big dose of endurance."

            Probably no one really likes waiting rooms and some of us loathe them
            far more than others. I certainly fall closer to the latter extreme!
            It's not that I can't find anything to do, I usually can read or
            pray, but not always. There is noisy talk, or there are sometimes noisier
            TV's, both of which others need, so one can hardly grouse about them.
            That which makes a waiting room more tolerable (like silence,) for
            some makes it less so for others!

            Had I to wait an entire day in a waiting room, I'd come home truly
            fatigued. Weeks? Months? No doubt they'd have to crack out the
            leather wrist and ankle restraints and give me psychotropic drugs IV
            push!! I would be a mess. Patience is not my strong point and I am
            sure many can relate to that on one level or another.

            But Scripture and the Holy Rule assure us that a loving, all-merciful
            God waits far more than any of us could stand. He waits for all our
            lives, every instant, every millisecond. He waits before every
            conversion and after every fall. He waits till our death, if need be.
            Only then, when we can no longer run, does He open His arms of Divine
            Mercy one last all-but-irresistible time. Even then, we could
            refuse Him, but what folly that would be!

            He waits. He does not stalk or crouch in hiding like a predator. His
            are not the finite limits of some flawed human who watches only for
            our falls, who delights at every trip or stumble. He perfectly,
            patiently, lovingly, mercifully waits. GOD waits. For us, who are
            less than nothing by comparison, GOD Himself waits!

            There were many years when I was so emphatically trying to ignore
            Him, when "...I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways of my own
            mind..." I used to hate it when people quoted Francis Thompson's
            "Hound of Heaven" to me in those times. I am still annoyed
            by the poem insofar as it portrays God as a rather insuperably Herculean
            pursuer of very heavy foot! (Let us bless God that this is poetry and
            NOT Scripture!)

            I think that God has an infinitely more polite and respectful means
            of waiting and seeking. But there are great truths in Thompson's poem
            and I shall leave you with two excerpts, both quite near the end of the
            poem. Beloveds, may these be the first words we all hear at death!

            "All which thy child's mistake
            Fancies as lost. I have stored for thee at home:
            Rise, clasp My hand, and come!"

            "Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest.
            I am He Whom thou seekest!
            Thou dravest love from thee who dravest Me."

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







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