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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Remember to pray for all those you shared Christmas greetings with! Prayers of great thanks and Deo gratias for Riannon, her surgery went well and she is
    Message 1 of 4 , Dec 28, 2005
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      Remember to pray for all those you shared Christmas greetings with!

      Prayers of great thanks and Deo gratias for Riannon, her surgery went well and she is at home, also for Pete and Betsy, a second opinion has his leg amputation put on hold for now. Cherie, brain aneurysm, for whom we prayed, is well and recovering nicely. Deo gratias!!! Continued prayers please for all four.

      Prayers for David, who abandoned his faith and perhaps lost it. He is breaking the hearts of those who love him. Prayers for Elizabeth, that she may return to the Church. Prayers for Dawn, 27, a first-time Mom, due to welcome Caleb into her arms in about two weeks. Prayers for Father Jim, recently retired, have a biopsy on a brain tumor.

      Prayers for the employment according to God's will of Rachel, also for her son, home from Iraq, Deo gratias, but scarred emotionally by the horror he lived through. Prayers for the faith and strength of Matt. 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 28, August 28, December 28
      Chapter 70: That No One Venture to Punish at Random

      Every occasion of presumption
      shall be avoided in the monastery,
      and we decree that no one be allowed
      to excommunicate or to strike any of her sisters
      unless the Abbess has given her the authority.
      Those who offend in this matter
      shall be rebuked in the presence of all,
      that the rest may have fear.

      But children up to 15 years of age
      shall be carefully controlled and watched by all,
      yet this too with all moderation and discretion.
      All, therefore, who presume
      without the Abbess' instructions
      to punish those above that age
      or who lose their temper with them,
      shall undergo the discipline of the Rule;
      for it is written,
      "Do not to another what you would not want done to yourself" (Tobias
      4:16).

      REFLECTION

      "Every occasion of presumption should be avoided in the monastery."
      This is about a lot more than saying who can punish whom. This is
      pointing out that, whenever there are more than one to be considered,
      absolute freedom cannot exist. This is about central authority, yes,
      but it is also about the total way one conducts oneself in a home or
      group that others share.

      Ever think about your first home away from your parents house? It was
      probably different in a lot of ways, especially if you lived there
      alone. Heady freedom that! I recall my own first place very well and
      fondly. However, I can assure you, I could not have lived as I did
      there had I been in a family, with younger siblings at home. (OK, it
      was 1969, so go figure...)

      Even alone, however, I was not free to play my stereo at undue
      volumes at 3 AM. We live on a common planet, at some point ALL of our
      lives touch others. When they do, control of some sort is necessary
      if people are to live in peace.

      There is a great and treacherous myth of individualism among
      Americans and, to a lesser extent, I think, among all Western
      European cultures. Non-western cultures often have a much more highly
      developed sense of sharing and commonality. The American nonsense
      of "God-bless-the-child-that's-got-his-own" does justice to neither
      God nor the child!

      Schweitzer pointed out that Europeans found the Africans lazy,
      because they would not work to a point of exhaustion without need.
      They worked all right, but when the work was done, they quit. They
      had a casual and natural attitude to work, proper to their own
      economic system, that drove the Europeans nuts, because the latter
      had more of a 40-hours-a-week-and-then-you-rest notion. Both
      Schweitzer and I tend to side with the natives on this one!

      That myth of total freedom, of self-sufficiency being able to buy one
      the right to any activity is totally wrong. Even at 20, in my richly
      bohemian digs that I called "Shackri-la", I was not totally free. I
      didn't know it well enough back then, but I wasn't. I had no right to waste
      water or leave lights on all night or drive drunk. My fantasy might have
      been chronologically appropriate as Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco,
      but hey, even there, even then, people were not morally free in any absolute
      sense. None of us are.

      Every presumed domain of our control exists on a planet shared by
      billions. No one of us is an island. Our complete interdependence is
      not only objective fact, it is our only hope. You might never have
      read this chapter as an ad for ecological consciousness, but look at
      the first line again. We are ALWAYS in this with others and that
      always means responsibilities to "...not do to another what one would
      not have done to oneself."

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

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    • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
      +PAX An update from Mary Anne on our Emma , a huge Deo gratias!! Continued prayers for little Emma, her family and for Mary Anne and those helping Emma and
      Message 2 of 4 , Dec 27, 2006
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        An update from Mary Anne on "our Emma", a huge Deo gratias!! Continued
        prayers for little Emma, her family and for Mary Anne and those helping Emma and
        her family. Mary Anne sent me a lovely photo of her children with Emma and
        her brother. If you'd like a copy sent to you, e mail me privately, as the
        lists won't allow attached files.

        "Emma was present at Christmas Eve children's mass - sang in children's
        choir
        and even had a solo; not a dry eye to be found as we witnessed our Christmas
        miracle. Emma is still scheduled to go into Children's Hospital for rehab .
        . . in fact she is there today being evaluated. I just thought you'd like
        to share the good news."

        Prayers for Deacon Charles Burger, serving at Sts Cyril and Methodius
        Byzantine Catholic Church in Cary, NC; he is in critical condition after a traffic
        accident on Christmas Day. He is on total life support and is unresponsive.
        His wife Barbara and son Ivan were killed in this accident, prayers for their
        happy death and eternal rest. Please remember all of the members of this
        family in your prayers.

        Prayers, please, for Esta and Paul, they're moving and beginning an exciting
        new chapter in their lives, that God be with them during this period of
        change.
        Remember to pray for all you exchanged Christmas greetings with. 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 28, August 28, December 28
        Chapter 70: That No One Venture to Punish at Random

        Every occasion of presumption
        shall be avoided in the monastery,
        and we decree that no one be allowed
        to excommunicate or to strike any of her sisters
        unless the Abbess has given her the authority.
        Those who offend in this matter
        shall be rebuked in the presence of all,
        that the rest may have fear.

        But children up to 15 years of age
        shall be carefully controlled and watched by all,
        yet this too with all moderation and discretion.
        All, therefore, who presume
        without the Abbess' instructions
        to punish those above that age
        or who lose their temper with them,
        shall undergo the discipline of the Rule;
        for it is written,
        "Do not to another what you would not want done to yourself" (Tobias
        4:16).

        REFLECTION

        "Every occasion of presumption should be avoided in the monastery."
        This is about a lot more than saying who can punish whom. This is
        pointing out that, whenever there are more than one to be considered,
        absolute freedom cannot exist. This is about central authority, yes,
        but it is also about the total way one conducts oneself in a home or
        group that others share.

        Ever think about your first home away from your parents house? It was
        probably different in a lot of ways, especially if you lived there
        alone. Heady freedom that! I recall my own first place very well and
        fondly. However, I can assure you, I could not have lived as I did
        there had I been in a family, with younger siblings at home. (OK, it
        was 1969, so go figure...)

        Even alone, however, I was not free to play my stereo at undue
        volumes at 3 AM. We live on a common planet, at some point ALL of our
        lives touch others. When they do, control of some sort is necessary
        if people are to live in peace.

        There is a great and treacherous myth of individualism among
        Americans and, to a lesser extent, I think, among all Western
        European cultures. Non-western cultures often have a much more highly
        developed sense of sharing and commonality. The American nonsense
        of "God-bless-the-child-that's-got-his-own" does justice to neither
        God nor the child!

        Schweitzer pointed out that Europeans found the Africans lazy,
        because they would not work to a point of exhaustion without need.
        They worked all right, but when the work was done, they quit. They
        had a casual and natural attitude to work, proper to their own
        economic system, that drove the Europeans nuts, because the latter
        had more of a 40-hours-a-week-and-then-you-rest notion. Both
        Schweitzer and I tend to side with the natives on this one!

        That myth of total freedom, of self-sufficiency being able to buy one
        the right to any activity is totally wrong. Even at 20, in my richly
        bohemian digs that I called "Shackri-la", I was not totally free. I
        didn't know it well enough back then, but I wasn't. I had no right to waste
        water or leave lights on all night or drive drunk. My fantasy might have
        been chronologically appropriate as Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco,
        but hey, even there, even then, people were not morally free in any absolute
        sense. None of us are.

        Every presumed domain of our control exists on a planet shared by
        billions. No one of us is an island. Our complete interdependence is
        not only objective fact, it is our only hope. You might never have
        read this chapter as an ad for ecological consciousness, but look at
        the first line again. We are ALWAYS in this with others and that
        always means responsibilities to "...not do to another what one would
        not have done to oneself."

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





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      • Br. Jerome Leo
        +PAX Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of the following, for all those they leave behind and for all who mourn them: Mike, 57, sudden death from
        Message 3 of 4 , Dec 28, 2007
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          Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of the following, for all those they leave behind and for all who mourn them:

          Mike, 57, sudden death from heart attack, and his wife and three kids,

          Jim, 42, died on Christmas Eve of an apparent heart attack and leaves
          behind an 11-year old son, Cody, and a nine-year-old daughter, Nikki.
          Whole family taking it very hard.

          Prayers for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all their loved ones and those who take care of them:

          A dysfunctional office situation needing many healings, and for Elaine.

          Brittany, Conner, and others, for wise choices of God's will.

          Terez and Joseph, for their love and her job hunt.

          Rhoda, pneumonia in her only remaining lung.

          Benazir Bhutto and all the people of Pakistan.

          April 28, August 28, December 28
          Chapter 70: That No One Venture to Punish at Random

          Every occasion of presumption
          shall be avoided in the monastery,
          and we decree that no one be allowed
          to excommunicate or to strike any of her sisters
          unless the Abbess has given her the authority.
          Those who offend in this matter
          shall be rebuked in the presence of all,
          that the rest may have fear.

          But children up to 15 years of age
          shall be carefully controlled and watched by all,
          yet this too with all moderation and discretion.
          All, therefore, who presume
          without the Abbess' instructions
          to punish those above that age
          or who lose their temper with them,
          shall undergo the discipline of the Rule;
          for it is written,
          "Do not to another what you would not want done to yourself" (Tobias
          4:16).

          REFLECTION

          "Every occasion of presumption should be avoided in the monastery."
          This is about a lot more than saying who can punish whom. This is
          pointing out that, whenever there are more than one to be considered,
          absolute freedom cannot exist. This is about central authority, yes,
          but it is also about the total way one conducts oneself in a home or
          group that others share.

          Ever think about your first home away from your parents house? It was
          probably different in a lot of ways, especially if you lived there
          alone. Heady freedom that! I recall my own first place very well and
          fondly. However, I can assure you, I could not have lived as I did
          there had I been in a family, with younger siblings at home. (OK, it
          was 1969, so go figure...)

          Even alone, however, I was not free to play my stereo at undue
          volumes at 3 AM. We live on a common planet, at some point ALL of our
          lives touch others. When they do, control of some sort is necessary
          if people are to live in peace.

          There is a great and treacherous myth of individualism among
          Americans and, to a lesser extent, I think, among all Western
          European cultures. Non-western cultures often have a much more highly
          developed sense of sharing and commonality. The American nonsense
          of "God-bless-the-child-that's-got-his-own" does justice to neither
          God nor the child!

          Schweitzer pointed out that Europeans found the Africans lazy,
          because they would not work to a point of exhaustion without need.
          They worked all right, but when the work was done, they quit. They
          had a casual and natural attitude to work, proper to their own
          economic system, that drove the Europeans nuts, because the latter
          had more of a 40-hours-a-week-and-then-you-rest notion. Both
          Schweitzer and I tend to side with the natives on this one!

          That myth of total freedom, of self-sufficiency being able to buy one
          the right to any activity is totally wrong. Even at 20, in my richly
          bohemian digs that I called "Shackri-la", I was not totally free. I
          didn't know it well enough back then, but I wasn't. I had no right to waste
          water or leave lights on all night or drive drunk. My fantasy might have
          been chronologically appropriate as Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco,
          but hey, even there, even then, people were not morally free in any absolute
          sense. None of us are.

          Every presumed domain of our control exists on a planet shared by
          billions. No one of us is an island. Our complete interdependence is
          not only objective fact, it is our only hope. You might never have
          read this chapter as an ad for ecological consciousness, but look at
          the first line again. We are ALWAYS in this with others and that
          always means responsibilities to "...not do to another what one would
          not have done to oneself."

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

          Petersham, MA





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