Holy Rule: Brother Jerome July 10
- +PAX Prayers please for Nick, severe alcoholism problems, and
for his worried family, who don't know where he is. Also for Bill,
Jeremy and Ron with a major work crisis that could negatively impact not
only their lives but those of their families.
Prayers for all Benedictines, that we may have a grace-filled and holy
celebration of the Solemnity of our holy Father Benedict tomorrow. May
his spirit fill all his sons and daughters and inspire us to greater
holiness and zeal! (Until our good Brother Jerome has a new email
address please bless me with your prayer requests at:
March 10, July 10, November 9
Chapter 32: On the Tools and Property of the Monastery
For the care of the monastery's property
in tools, clothing and other articles
let the Abbess appoint sisters
on whose manner of life and character she can rely;
and let her, as she shall judge to be expedient,
consign the various articles to them,
to be looked after and to be collected again.
The Abbess shall keep a list of these articles,
so that as the sisters succeed one another in their assignments
she may know what she gives and what she receives back.
If anyone treats the monastery's property in a slovenly or careless
way, let her be corrected. If she fails to amend, let her undergo the
discipline of the Rule.
Americans in particular can equate lack of waste with stinginess.
It's a terrible view of things, but deeply rooted. Consumerist
society encourages waste because it fuels profits for the few at the
top. Sad that many below cannot be made to see that when we waste, we
are harming ourselves, in more ways than one: ecologically, economically
AND spiritually. Waste is a lack of mindfulness for others, a lack of
awareness that we must share God's goods which He created for all.
The reasons we have been subtly taught to live with criminal waste as if
it were nothing are false, totally false. They are not luxury, they deny
others. Why live a lie? We do not live on a planet of infinite
Monasteries and homes are microcosms of the universe. We must never look
at conservation as if our actions alone will advance the rise or prevent
the fall. They may very well do neither. What our actions CAN do is
limit our complicity. That is the only safe rationale for undertaking
Every drop of fresh water makes the ocean less salty, though its a
fair bet that the Atlantic will remain quite salty, indeed, in spite of
our efforts! That's not the point. All God will ever ask us is what
we added to the problems around us.
He knows we cannot change things single-handedly. No private citizen
could have stopped the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, but some chose not to
be in any way part of it, often at the cost of their lives. See what I
mean? A wealth of opportunity in choice awaits all of us.
Love and prayers,
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