Prayers, please, for Mary F. on her 45th birthday, bravely codgering into her 46th year! Ad multos annos and choicest blessings!
Prayers, too, for Nathaniel, 25, a massive infection of unclear diagnosis has attacked his heart and joints and he is in terrible pain. He has been in 6 different hospitals and still is seriously ill. For all his family and doctors, too. Prayers, too, for Marilyn, ovarian cancer, for all her family and for her childhood friend and cousin, Debbie, who asked for prayers for her. Prayers for Barbara, bleeding behind her eyes and fearful she may go blind, also for Dianymarie, baptized Sunday with some objections from her Dad. May he grow in appreciation and understanding of the Church so that family peace reigns. 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
January 31, June 1, October 1
Chapter 7: On Humility
The third degree of humility is that a person
for love of God
submit himself to his Superior in all obedience,
imitating the Lord, of whom the Apostle says,
"He became obedient even unto death."
Merton once wrote "Love is the the Rule." That's what we can so often
miss. One obeys out of love, love of God. Trust my limited experience
here, please, there is no human being on earth whose tool kit is so
complete that one can joyously follow and obey them without any
reserve or hesitation, not one.
We do it for love, not for wisdom. We do it for love, not for taste
or class or savoir faire. We do it for love, not because the superior
is brilliant or right or gifted in any way. We don't do it because of
the superior at all, if we are going about things the right way. We
do it for love, for love of God.
Anything less than love of God as a motive will fall flat on its
face, and sooner rather than later! It never takes long. Life itself,
within the cloister or without, is full of so much purblind stupidity
and outright rubbish that nothing else could sustain one other than love
When one is younger, one can often play "Father or Mother knows
best." (Superiors who are control freaks love and encourage this
ploy, even as a life script. Not wise...) That's not the point and it
doesn't work for long either.
Mother or Father often quite pointedly know nothing at all. The will
of God comes through to us in spite of them, not because they are
wise or stupid, but because of love, God's love for us. Many, many
people in the church do the will of God for reasons that have nothing
to do with God!
They do it unwittingly, they may do it cruelly or wrong-headedly, but
that hardly matters. I think there is a mystical point where the love
and will of God for one cannot ultimately be thwarted, where it is
actually advanced by humans who have not a clue what they are doing.
We do it for love, and that love will shield us, regardless, in the
armor of His will. We must only trust Him, trust His Divine Mercy,
Love and prayers,
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