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Holy Rule: Brother Jerome July 10

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  • Michael LoPiccolo
    +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
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      +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:
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OblatesOfStBenedict/> God

      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,
      Jerome, OSB
      http://www.stmarysmonastery.org <http://www.stmarysmonastery.org/>
      Petersham, MA

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