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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Prayers of Deo gratias and thanksgiving for Richard and Mary Lou, celebrating their 32nd year of marriage this week, and for MAtt and Bette, celebrating
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      Prayers of Deo gratias and thanksgiving for Richard and Mary Lou, celebrating their 32nd year of marriage this week, and for MAtt and Bette, celebrating 11 years today. Prayers for Jean Sheridan, on her birthday. I think she may be 39 this year....

      Prayers, too, for Harry and a vocations campaign he is helping in Scotland.
      Prayers for TomKay and his Mom, Irene and his sister, Linda. Irene's knee replacement became seriously infected after a fall, requiring hospitalization and massive antibiotics, hope fully to be discharged early next week, then Tom and Linda will be looking after her at home. Prayers all around!! Prayers for Guerry, 15, who drowned while surrounded by friends. They did not realize he was in trouble until it was too late; and for all his family and friends, mourning this terrible shock. Prayers for Walter, 96, widowed last year. He had a stroke and is in ICU but needs some soul healing in short order, especially if he is to have a happy death, also for Richard his son and all his family. 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

      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.

      REFLECTION

      In St. Benedict's time, and for centuries afterwards, life on a self-sustaining
      farm, which monasteries were supposed to be, was far more difficult and
      time consuming than it would be today. The simplest things that we now do
      with the flick of a switch were big deals, involving lots of human workers and
      every available daylight hour.

      Hence, the monks got up early, very early, to get in much of their monastic day
      before the sun (and the critters!) rose for the day. There was, of course, a
      penitential aspect to this early rising, too, but a lot of it was the
      practicality of sheer necessity. One can look at monastic schedules in history and
      see that as farm labor became less, rising times became later. No point in getting
      up at the eighth hour of night , 2 AM, if you don't have to!

      There's at least a possible hint for Oblates of today in all this. Get up a bit
      earlier if you can, and devote those silent and dark morning hours or minutes to your
      monastic endeavors. Knock off a late TV favorite and go to bed a tad earlier. We
      always find time for what we love most. If, however, one is married and has a
      spouse that doesn't want one to blissfully retire at 7:30 or so, this will not
      work. Marriage is a primary, sacramental vocation and demands precedence.

      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. Its 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!

      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 Richard and Mary Lou, celebrating their 33rd year of marriage yesterday, and for Matt and Bette, celebrating
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        Prayers of Deo gratias and thanksgiving for Richard and Mary Lou, celebrating
        their 33rd year of marriage yesterday, and for Matt and Bette, celebrating 12
        years today. Prayers for Jean Sheridan, on her birthday. I think she may be 39
        this year.... Prayers for C., celebrating 20 years in AA. Deo gratias for all!

        Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias for a wonderfully successful and joyous Oblate Day here yesterday. Thanks to all who prayed! The nuns made a beautiful three-tiered anniversary cake to surprise Richard and Mary Lou and there was much love and laughter all around! Deo gratias, Br. Vincent's Dad is doing wonderfully well and their family is so grateful for all your prayers.

        Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of Jeremy, a young man who jumped to his death. He had a history of mental problems and was despondent over breaking up with his girlfriend, prayers, too, for the ex-girlfriend and all his family. I urge everyone to adopt a daily practice of praying for suicides. There is such a great need there and, speaking from years of doing so myself, a great reward to be had in the practice. Friends of Bob, sent home to die with a brain tumor, are praying to Pope John Paul II for a miracle. Prayers, too, for Jan, double mastectomy next week, the diagnosis was a totally unexpected one. Prayers for Brian and his Mom, 85, her grip on reality is slipping away suddenly. Prayers for Sister Rosemary, surgery for a large abdominal tumor on Monday, and for her family and friends, especially Suzanne, and for the doctors who treat her and all our prayer folks. Prayers for Beth and her very sick puppy, Abbey, veterinarian can't figure out what's wrong.

        Lord, help us 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.

        REFLECTION

        In St. Benedict's time, and for centuries afterwards, life on a self-sustaining
        farm, which monasteries were supposed to be, was far more difficult and
        time consuming than it would be today. The simplest things that we now do
        with the flick of a switch were big deals, involving lots of human workers and
        every available daylight hour.

        Hence, the monks got up early, very early, to get in much of their monastic day
        before the sun (and the critters!) rose for the day. There was, of course, a
        penitential aspect to this early rising, too, and the ancient Christian practice of the
        night vigil, but a lot of it was the practicality of sheer necessity. One can look at monastic
        schedules in history and see that as farm labor became less, rising times became
        later. No point in getting up at the eighth hour of night , 2 AM, if you don't have to!

        There's at least a possible hint for Oblates of today in all this. Get up a bit
        earlier if you can, and devote those silent and dark morning hours or minutes to
        your monastic endeavors. Knock off a late TV favorite and go to bed a tad earlier.
        We always find time for what we love most. If, however, one is married and has a
        spouse that doesn't want one to blissfully retire at 7:30 or so, this will not
        work. Marriage is a primary, sacramental vocation and demands precedence.

        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. Its 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!

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

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      • Br. Jerome Leo
        +PAX Prayers of Deo gratias and thanksgiving for Richard and Mary Lou, celebrating their 34th year of marriage yesterday, and for Matt and Bette, celebrating
        Message 3 of 4 , Jun 10, 2007
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          Prayers of Deo gratias and thanksgiving for Richard and Mary Lou, celebrating their 34th year of marriage yesterday, and for Matt and Bette, celebrating 13
          years today. Prayers for Jean Sheridan, on her birthday. I think she may be 39 this year.... Prayers for C., celebrating 21 years in AA. Deo gratias for all!

          Prayers, please, for Christie, bleeding and pressure in her brain, cause as yet uncertain, and for her parents, Paul and Shirley. Prayers for Ann, tough discernment issues. A woman we prayed for last year has died, full of faith in the Divine Mercy. Prayers, still, for her happy death and eternal rest and for her grown son, an only child, who will miss her sorely.

          Lily, the child for whom we have been praying still has no certain decisions on her dialysis, continued prayers for her and her parents and family. Prayers for Br. David, and the others entering the Carmelite novitiate with him, and also for the novices who will profess first vows on Monday. Prayers for Victoria's cousin, aunt and uncle. The aunt has cancer, the uncle is in alcoholism treatment and the cousin is wracked with driving long distances between visiting them both, prayers for their whole family, a very tough time. Prayers for Joe, who took his own life, for his happy death and eternal rest, for his wife and all his family 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

          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.

          REFLECTION

          In St. Benedict's time, and for centuries afterwards, life on a self-sustaining
          farm, which monasteries were supposed to be, was far more difficult and
          time consuming than it would be today. The simplest things that we now do
          with the flick of a switch were big deals, involving lots of human workers and
          every available daylight hour.

          Hence, the monks got up early, very early, to get in much of their monastic day
          before the sun (and the critters!) rose for the day. There was, of course, a
          penitential aspect to this early rising, too, and the ancient Christian practice
          of the night vigil, but a lot of it was the practicality of sheer necessity. One can
          look at monastic schedules in history and see that as farm labor became less, rising
          times became later. No point in getting up at the eighth hour of night , 2 AM, if you
          don't have to!

          There's at least a possible hint for Oblates of today in all this. Get up a bit
          earlier if you can, and devote those silent and dark morning hours or minutes to
          your monastic endeavors. Knock off a late TV favorite and go to bed a tad
          earlier. We always find time for what we love most. If, however, one is married and
          has a spouse that doesn't want one to blissfully retire at 7:30 or so, this will not
          work. Marriage is a primary, sacramental vocation and demands precedence.

          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. Its 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!

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

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