Holy Rule: Brother Jerome Aug 24
- +PAX ++This is posted exactly as I received it... m: ++ There is a
very dedicated young man in Australia, his name is Rob, who is
organizing a worldwide synchronized prayer network for world peace.
This will be an ongoing thing, not just a one time event and will
include not just Catholic , but people of all faiths of the human race
of the world. This will entail hundreds of millions of people. So my
request here is please pray to the Blessed Mother for us, as the human
race, to be successful in this endeavor and to give
him strength and courage to do this mighty work of GOD .
Through our Blessed Mother everything is possible. Please dedicate a
Hail Mary to Her for this endeavor daily. ++
++ Please pray for Oliver Matthews, a much loved boy whose prematurity
meant that he rarely left hospital. He died recently. And please pray
for comfort for his parents, Mary and Tony, and brother William. ++ ++
Please pray for Philip brother of Sister Mary Joseph. He was rushed off
to the hospital. Not sure what, but it could be appendicitis. Please
pray for him and his family. ++ ++ Please pray for Geri, 54, very
serious car accident on Tuesday. She is in intensive care, with
multiple injuries. She will require surgery, that the doctors have
described as "dangerous, with high mortality". She is diabetic, so this
also adds to the problem. Prayers, too, for her husband and two kids.
++ Please pray for all those whose prayer requests are not able to
be posted for whatever reason. God is outside of time and our prayers
are never, ever late. 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 Please pray for all those who have ended or will
this day end their earthly lives by their own hands. May Almighty God in
His infinite mercy grant them eternal rest. Amen. April 24, August
24, December 24
Chapter 66: On the Porters of the Monastery
At the gate of the monastery
let there be placed a wise old woman,
who knows how to receive and to give a message,
and whose maturity will prevent her from straying about.
This porter should have a room near the gate,
so that those who come may always find someone at hand
to attend to their business.
And as soon as anyone knocks or a poor person hails her,
let her answer "Thanks be to God" or "A blessing!"
Then let her attend to them promptly,
with all the meekness inspired by the fear of God
and with the warmth of charity.
Should the porter need help,
let her have one of the younger sisters.
If it can be done,
the monastery should be so established
that all the necessary things,
such as water, mill, garden and various workshops,
may be within the enclosure,
so that there is no necessity
for the sisters to go about outside of it,
since that is not at all profitable for their souls.
We desire that this Rule be read often in the community,
so that none of the sisters may excuse herself
on the ground of ignorance.
PARADISUS CLAUSTRALIS! The Cloistered Paradise!*
* Until the cloisters are inhabited by real angels, as opposed to
VERY human saints in process, certain restrictions may apply!!!
My life has gotten me resigned to shopping many times a week,
sometimes even daily. If the guest house is busy, I lack refrigerator
space to store a full week's milk and we are always running out of
other things, too. I only offer this as a preface to what I'm about
to say to many busy Oblates. It has been hard, well-nigh impossible
for me to do what I am suggesting, but the times I have made it are
rich and rare!
This idea of self-sufficiency, of everything one needs within the
enclosure, is a great boon. Even if you are as haphazard in habits as
I am, try to carve a day or two or three when you DON'T have to go
out for anything once you get home, or a day off when there is no
reason at all to leave your home. If you don't already know it, you
will soon find that these days are treasures. Doesn't matter if the
kids are home and noisy as ever, there is a certain solitude and
security that being self-contained, even for a day, engenders and it
Remember all that talk about stability? Benedictines are, at the
root, homebodies of sorts. We thrive and blossom in the solitude and
security of homes, wherever they may be. That's why these days of not
going out become so precious. They are times of freedom and growth
for us and that's exactly what monastic struggle is about: offering
us the freedom to grow and bloom!
You cannot gag the kids and tie them up for the day, tempting as that
may sometimes seem! But you can leave the phone unplugged or the
answering machine turned down and the radio or TV off now and then.
One or all three will heighten the sense of secure enclosure in the
of your own space.
After all, the Desert Fathers used to say: "Stay in your cell and your
teach you everything." That won't usually happen at first, we have to
learn to listen to our homes. Once we do, we will find that they
will, indeed, teach us subtly and almost non-stop!
Our various enclosures, even those urban apartments, offer us a
reprieve from the rush and bustle of the world around us and we
gradually learn to love that respite dearly. Please, for your own
sake, for your family's sake, for your spouse's sake, find a way to
spend a day entirely at home. Then, as you grow into it, find ways to
increase the number of those days! I am certain you will want to do
By the way, if your home ever gets to teaching you so much that it's
making you crazy, remember that is probably because a nerve has been
touched. It might be wise to check which one! And one more thing:
learn to treasure those whose needs interrupt or trash your day of
cloister. They are gifts, too.
Christ often comes in very distressing disguises. Rejoice! (I know, I
Monastics reveal a LOT about themselves by the way they handle those who
disturb their prayer, silence, or solitude. Much of it is often not
there! Kindness, always kindness and mercy. A smile will draw more
to Christ than a scornful glare.
Love and prayers,
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