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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Prayers, please, for Shirley, Oblate of St. Leo s, leaving today to attend the funeral of her sister, Jeanie. Prayers for Jeanie s happy death and eternal
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 12, 2005
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      Prayers, please, for Shirley, Oblate of St. Leo's, leaving today to attend the funeral of her sister, Jeanie. Prayers for Jeanie's happy death and eternal rest, for her husband Don and her two daughters, Melissa and Ashley. Prayers for the eternal rest of Abbot Marion of St. Leo's, who died several years ago, on his feastday.

      Prayers, too, for Janet, soon moving across the US and starting a new job, and for Carol, hoping to find a temporary position until her husband is transferred. Prayers for Kathie, serious complications after breast surgery and needing another surgery this week to correct things, and for her family and friends. Prayers for Michael, starting a new school year in a job that has grown very difficult for him, but hanging on till retirement. Continued prayers for all suffering from Katrina, and for all suffering from the tsunami, which has slipped out of the news for the most part. They are still reeling from the effects. 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 12, May 13, September 12
      Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

      Let her make no distinction of persons in the monastery.
      Let her not love one more than another,
      unless it be one whom she finds better
      in good works or in obedience.
      Let her not advance one of noble birth
      ahead of one who was formerly a slave,
      unless there be some other reasonable ground for it.
      But if the Abbess for just reason think fit to do so,
      let her advance one of any rank whatever.
      Otherwise let them keep their due places;
      because, whether slaves or free, we are all one in Christ (Gal. 3:28)
      and bear in equal burden of service
      in the army of the same Lord.
      For with God there is no respect of persons (Rom. 2:11).
      Only for one reason are we preferred in His sight:
      if we be found better than others in good works and humility.
      Therefore let the Abbess show equal love to all
      and impose the same discipline on all
      according to their deserts.

      REFLECTION

      As usual, this is not just for Abbots, but for all of us!!

      Face it, y'all, being human is at once both a thing of ineffable
      potential glory, the free gift of God's Divine Mercy and, left to our
      own devices, precious little more than the rest of the primate family
      we belong to, and often much less! OK, we pulled off food-sharing to
      a degree, but the briefest glimpse at hunger in our world will
      demonstrate that we didn't do such a hot job on that one.

      Then there is speech and cognitive reasoning. Well, these have not been
      unqualified successes of virtue or triumphs of good, either! Sigh....
      Sometimes the chimps and gorillas seems to do MUCH better than we do!

      Part of that primate heritage in us in a pretty much life-long
      exercise to find where we fit in the hierarchy of the troop. The
      answers to this, true or false, can shape our self-esteem for boon or
      woe, can make us wonderfully well-adjusted or pathetically hobbled by
      crippling senses of inferiority. We could well start with peers, but
      really any deciding factor could enter in: wealth, looks, social
      standing, intelligence, charm. None of them are infallibly truthful.
      Not one.

      Yet, from infancy up, as soon as we begin to relate with other troop
      members, we begin to employ the pointlessly false standards of a
      primate grouping to estimate our own worth and, sadly, that of those around
      us. Should it alarm us that the Gospel and the Holy Rule point us firmly
      away from this nonsense? And it IS nonsense, but it is as rooted in our
      fallen psyches as original sin itself. Holier primates we may hopefully be,
      but there is always that last annoying shred we must be pulling at all the time!

      For Benedictines, in monastery or world, this whole is affair is
      quite wisely and deliberately overturned completely. There is one
      reason, only one reason for prominence of any kind: good works and
      humility in the eyes of God. The addition of humility to that ideal
      equation means that the people who really *ARE* on top of the pile
      will in no way act as if they are, and, in fact, will probably not be
      treated as such, either!

      Look for the greatest saints in a community most generally at the
      bottom, the ones ignored, discounted, maybe even scorned by
      the "upwardly mobile." You will usually also find them indifferent as
      to their no-clout condition! There is either a holy indifference or a
      firm resignation, but make no mistake, the holiest people in any
      group are usually the ones who are scarcely noticed by the power-
      trippers and are doing nothing at all to seek to control things. They
      live beyond the fringes of all that nonsense. Their Priority has no
      competition from the hollow charms of advancement and He takes very
      good care of them!

      It is a sad truth, but even in monasteries, we sometimes have
      the "upwardly mobile." As annoying as climbers can sometimes be to
      those who live with them, one thing may help lighten the load:
      realizing how terribly pathetic and worthy of pity they are. Whoops!
      They have missed the King and married the crown, no wonder they are
      frustrated!

      For a monastic to seek to climb is all but fatal. Truly, beloveds,
      as the Holy Rule teaches us, we ascend by humility, we descend by
      pride or self-seeking! Much, much more than half of monastic knowing
      is knowing what doesn't matter, and most things don't....seeking to
      control a lot of inconsequential odds and ends will spin your wheels
      and ruin your life.

      Trust me, virtually ALL of the frustrations of my own monastic life stem from
      not knowing or from forgetting what doesn't matter. Don't let the small
      stuff get you down. It is an utter (and terribly annoying and draining!) waste
      of precious time.

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

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    • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
      +PAX Prayer intentions to: _brjeromeleo@aol.com_ (mailto:brjeromeleo@aol.com) with prayer in subject. Please do not send them by replying to the Holy Rule
      Message 2 of 4 , Sep 11, 2006
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        Prayer intentions to: _brjeromeleo@..._ (mailto:brjeromeleo@...)
        with prayer in subject. Please do not send them by replying to the Holy Rule
        posts. AOL thinks that is spam... I know not why.

        Prayers, please, for a special intention for Susan and her family. Prayers
        for Ellen, Margaret and Carol, birthdays this week. Ad multos annos! Many
        years!!
        Prayers for Leah, 10, very aggressive liver cancer, a radical treatment is
        being tried to see if she can be a candidate for a transplant, and for all her
        family. Prayers for Joseph, who really needs meds for his depression, and for
        his wife and all their family. 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 12, May 13, September 12
        Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

        Let her make no distinction of persons in the monastery.
        Let her not love one more than another,
        unless it be one whom she finds better
        in good works or in obedience.
        Let her not advance one of noble birth
        ahead of one who was formerly a slave,
        unless there be some other reasonable ground for it.
        But if the Abbess for just reason think fit to do so,
        let her advance one of any rank whatever.
        Otherwise let them keep their due places;
        because, whether slaves or free, we are all one in Christ (Gal. 3:28)
        and bear in equal burden of service
        in the army of the same Lord.
        For with God there is no respect of persons (Rom. 2:11).
        Only for one reason are we preferred in His sight:
        if we be found better than others in good works and humility.
        Therefore let the Abbess show equal love to all
        and impose the same discipline on all
        according to their deserts.

        REFLECTION

        As usual, this is not just for Abbots, but for all of us!!

        Face it, y'all, being human is at once both a thing of ineffable
        potential glory, the free gift of God's Divine Mercy and, left to our
        own devices, precious little more than the rest of the primate family
        we belong to, and often much less! OK, we pulled off food-sharing to
        a degree, but the briefest glimpse at hunger in our world will
        demonstrate that we didn't do such a hot job on that one.

        Then there is speech and cognitive reasoning. Well, these have not been
        unqualified successes of virtue or triumphs of good, either! Sigh....
        Sometimes the chimps and gorillas seems to do MUCH better than we do!

        Part of that primate heritage in us in a pretty much life-long
        exercise to find where we fit in the hierarchy of the troop. The
        answers to this, true or false, can shape our self-esteem for boon or
        woe, can make us wonderfully well-adjusted or pathetically hobbled by
        crippling senses of inferiority. We could well start with peers, but
        really any deciding factor could enter in: wealth, looks, social
        standing, intelligence, charm. None of them are infallibly truthful.
        Not one.

        Yet, from infancy up, as soon as we begin to relate with other troop
        members, we begin to employ the pointlessly false standards of a
        primate grouping to estimate our own worth and, sadly, that of those around
        us. Should it alarm us that the Gospel and the Holy Rule point us firmly
        away from this nonsense? And it IS nonsense, but it is as rooted in our
        fallen psyches as original sin itself. Holier primates we may hopefully be,
        but there is always that last annoying shred we must be pulling at all the
        time!

        For Benedictines, in monastery or world, this whole is affair is
        quite wisely and deliberately overturned completely. There is one
        reason, only one reason for prominence of any kind: good works and
        humility in the eyes of God. The addition of humility to that ideal
        equation means that the people who really *ARE* on top of the pile
        will in no way act as if they are, and, in fact, will probably not be
        treated as such, either!

        Look for the greatest saints in a community most generally at the
        bottom, the ones ignored, discounted, maybe even scorned by
        the "upwardly mobile." You will usually also find them indifferent as
        to their no-clout condition! There is either a holy indifference or a
        firm resignation, but make no mistake, the holiest people in any
        group are usually the ones who are scarcely noticed by the power-
        trippers and are doing nothing at all to seek to control things. They
        live beyond the fringes of all that nonsense. Their Priority has no
        competition from the hollow charms of advancement and He takes very
        good care of them!

        It is a sad truth, but even in monasteries, we sometimes have
        the "upwardly mobile." As annoying as climbers can sometimes be to
        those who live with them, one thing may help lighten the load:
        realizing how terribly pathetic and worthy of pity they are. Whoops!
        They have missed the King and married the crown, no wonder they are
        frustrated!

        For a monastic to seek to climb is all but fatal. Truly, beloveds,
        as the Holy Rule teaches us, we ascend by humility, we descend by
        pride or self-seeking! Much, much more than half of monastic knowing
        is knowing what doesn't matter, and most things don't....seeking to
        control a lot of inconsequential odds and ends will spin your wheels
        and ruin your life.

        Trust me, virtually ALL of the frustrations of my own monastic life stem from
        not knowing or from forgetting what doesn't matter. Don't let the small
        stuff get you down. It is an utter (and terribly annoying and draining!)
        waste
        of precious time.

        Love and prayers,
        Jerome, OSB
        _http://www.stmarysmonastery.org_ (http://www.stmarysmonastery.org/)
        Petersham, MA




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      • Br. Jerome Leo
        +PAX Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of the following and for their families and all who mourn them: Sophie, very close to death, and for
        Message 3 of 4 , Sep 11, 2007
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          Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of the following and for their families and all who mourn them:

          Sophie, very close to death, and for her friend, Brian.
          Ralph, removed from life-support and died today.

          Prayers for the physical, mental and spiritual ealth of the following and fr their loved ones and all who treat or care for them:

          Ellen, Carol, Elaine and Margaret, birthdays this week. Ad multos annos!!
          Dot and her daughter, strained relationship.
          Pat's granddaughter, newly preganant and in a very serious situation.
          Conrad and Brittany, relationship problems.

          Prayers for Antony, solution for a job problem and for a safe journey home for Sophy, his wife. Lord, help us all as You know and will. God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. od is never absent, praise Him. Thanks so much. JL

          January 12, May 13, September 12
          Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

          Let her make no distinction of persons in the monastery.
          Let her not love one more than another,
          unless it be one whom she finds better
          in good works or in obedience.
          Let her not advance one of noble birth
          ahead of one who was formerly a slave,
          unless there be some other reasonable ground for it.
          But if the Abbess for just reason think fit to do so,
          let her advance one of any rank whatever.
          Otherwise let them keep their due places;
          because, whether slaves or free, we are all one in Christ (Gal. 3:28)
          and bear in equal burden of service
          in the army of the same Lord.
          For with God there is no respect of persons (Rom. 2:11).
          Only for one reason are we preferred in His sight:
          if we be found better than others in good works and humility.
          Therefore let the Abbess show equal love to all
          and impose the same discipline on all
          according to their deserts.

          REFLECTION

          As usual, this is not just for Abbots, but for all of us!!

          Face it, y'all, being human is at once both a thing of ineffable
          potential glory, the free gift of God's Divine Mercy and, left to our
          own devices, precious little more than the rest of the primate family
          we belong to, and often much less! OK, we pulled off food-sharing to
          a degree, but the briefest glimpse at hunger in our world will
          demonstrate that we didn't do such a hot job on that one.

          Then there is speech and cognitive reasoning. Well, these have not been
          unqualified successes of virtue or triumphs of good, either! Sigh....
          Sometimes the chimps and gorillas seems to do MUCH better than we do!

          Part of that primate heritage in us in a pretty much life-long
          exercise to find where we fit in the hierarchy of the troop. The
          answers to this, true or false, can shape our self-esteem for boon or
          woe, can make us wonderfully well-adjusted or pathetically hobbled by
          crippling senses of inferiority. We could well start with peers, but
          really any deciding factor could enter in: wealth, looks, social
          standing, intelligence, charm. None of them are infallibly truthful.
          Not one.

          Yet, from infancy up, as soon as we begin to relate with other troop
          members, we begin to employ the pointlessly false standards of a
          primate grouping to estimate our own worth and, sadly, that of those around
          us. Should it alarm us that the Gospel and the Holy Rule point us firmly
          away from this nonsense? And it IS nonsense, but it is as rooted in our
          fallen psyches as original sin itself. Holier primates we may hopefully be,
          but there is always that last annoying shred we must be pulling at all the
          time!

          For Benedictines, in monastery or world, this whole is affair is
          quite wisely and deliberately overturned completely. There is one
          reason, only one reason for prominence of any kind: good works and
          humility in the eyes of God. The addition of humility to that ideal
          equation means that the people who really *ARE* on top of the pile
          will in no way act as if they are, and, in fact, will probably not be
          treated as such, either!

          Look for the greatest saints in a community most generally at the
          bottom, the ones ignored, discounted, maybe even scorned by
          the "upwardly mobile." You will usually also find them indifferent as
          to their no-clout condition! There is either a holy indifference or a
          firm resignation, but make no mistake, the holiest people in any
          group are usually the ones who are scarcely noticed by the power-
          trippers and are doing nothing at all to seek to control things. They
          live beyond the fringes of all that nonsense. Their Priority has no
          competition from the hollow charms of advancement and He takes very
          good care of them!

          It is a sad truth, but even in monasteries, we sometimes have
          the "upwardly mobile." As annoying as climbers can sometimes be to
          those who live with them, one thing may help lighten the load:
          realizing how terribly pathetic and worthy of pity they are. Whoops!
          They have missed the King and married the crown, no wonder they are
          frustrated!

          For a monastic to seek to climb is all but fatal. Truly, beloveds,
          as the Holy Rule teaches us, we ascend by humility, we descend by
          pride or self-seeking! Much, much more than half of monastic knowing
          is knowing what doesn't matter, and most things don't....seeking to
          control a lot of inconsequential odds and ends will spin your wheels
          and ruin your life.

          Trust me, virtually ALL of the frustrations of my own monastic life stem from
          not knowing or from forgetting what doesn't matter. Don't let the small
          stuff get you down. It is an utter (and terribly annoying and draining!)
          waste
          of precious time.

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


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