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Holy Rule for Oct. 11

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  • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
    +PAX Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of Antoine Fleurinck, 67, for his son, Fr. Brendan, and for all their family and all who mourn
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 10, 2006
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      Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of Antoine Fleurinck,
      67, for his son, Fr. Brendan, and for all their family and all who mourn him.
      Prayers for Christiana, difficult to diagnose form of epilepsy, further
      testing being done, and for her worried Mom and Dad. Prayers for Rebecca, just
      told she has a serious health problem, and for her baby, Olivier, and her
      husband Bruno, both having similar surgeries within a week. Prayers for John and
      his business partner, starting a new venture, and for Trish, his wife, who
      worries for them. Prayers for John C. and his advisors as he makes important
      decisions about his future. Prayers for Lamar and his wife, Vickie. Lamar has a
      critical heart problem and will undergo serious open heart surgery tomorrow
      morning in Chattanooga. Prayers of Deo gratias and thanks, Nanette is home,
      her car repaired, but a $2,800 debt now faces her, so prayers for that, too.
      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

      February 10, June 11, October 11
      Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

      In the winter time,
      that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
      the sisters shall rise
      at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
      so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
      and rise with their rest completed.
      And the time that remains after the Night Office
      should be spent in study
      by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
      or the lessons.


      From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
      the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
      which is to be said at daybreak,
      will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
      during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.

      REFLECTION

      In St. Benedict's time, and for centuries afterwards, life on a
      self-sustaining
      farm, which monasteries were supposed to be, was far more difficult and
      time consuming than it would be today. The simplest things that we now do
      with the flick of a switch were big deals, involving lots of human workers
      and
      every available daylight hour.

      Hence, the monks got up early, very early, to get in much of their monastic
      day
      before the sun (and the critters!) rose for the day. There was, of course, a
      penitential aspect to this early rising, too, but a lot of it was the
      practicality of sheer necessity. One can look at monastic schedules in
      history
      and see that as farm labor became less, rising times became later. Not a lot
      of point in getting up at the eighth hour of night , 2 AM, if you don't have
      to!

      There's at least a possible hint for Oblates of today in all this. Get up a
      bit
      earlier if you can, and devote those silent and dark morning hours or
      minutes to
      your monastic endeavors. Knock off a late TV favorite and go to bed a tad
      earlier. We always find time for what we love most. If, however, one is
      married and has a
      spouse that doesn't want one to blissfully retire at 7:30 or so, this will
      not
      work. Marriage is a primary, sacramental vocation and demands precedence.

      Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
      is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
      bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. Its part of
      the human and part of family life. As casually as a Mother asks young
      children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
      of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
      without great discomfort!

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      _http://www.stmarysmonastery.org_ (http://www.stmarysmonastery.org/)
      Petersham, MA



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    • Br. Jerome Leo
      +PAX Prayers, please, for the spiritual, physical and mental health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who carefor or treat them: Lucille,
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 10, 2007
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        Prayers, please, for the spiritual, physical and mental health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who carefor or treat them:

        Lucille, Parkinson's disease, and for Allan, her son.

        Anastasia, troubled teen, running away again and out of touch.

        Bev, who had to put her beloved pet of 15 years, Thor, to sleep.

        Ann, on her birthday, and caught up in a terribly stressful mess at work.

        Joe, needing an annulment and a return to his Faith, and for Tim, also needing a return to Faith as do both their families. Lord, help us all as You know and wil. od's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent, praise Him! Thanks so much. JL

        February 10, June 11, October 11
        Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

        In the winter time,
        that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
        the sisters shall rise
        at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
        so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
        and rise with their rest completed.
        And the time that remains after the Night Office
        should be spent in study
        by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
        or the lessons.


        From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
        the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
        which is to be said at daybreak,
        will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
        during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.

        REFLECTION

        In St. Benedict's time, and for centuries afterwards, life on a
        self-sustaining farm, which monasteries were supposed to be, was far more difficult and
        time consuming than it would be today. The simplest things that we now do
        with the flick of a switch were big deals, involving lots of human workers
        and every available daylight hour.

        Hence, the monks got up early, very early, to get in much of their monastic
        day before the sun (and the critters!) rose for the day. There was, of course, a
        penitential aspect to this early rising, too, but a lot of it was the
        practicality of sheer necessity. One can look at monastic schedules in
        history and see that as farm labor became less, rising times became later. Not a lot
        of point in getting up at the eighth hour of night , 2 AM, if you don't have
        to!

        There's at least a possible hint for Oblates of today in all this. Get up a
        bit earlier if you can, and devote those silent and dark morning hours or
        minutes to your monastic endeavors. Knock off a late TV favorite and go to bed a tad
        earlier. We always find time for what we love most. If, however, one is
        married and has a spouse that doesn't want one to blissfully retire at 7:30 or so, this will
        not work. Marriage is a primary, sacramental vocation and demands precedence.

        Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
        is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
        bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. Its part of
        the human and part of family life. As casually as a Mother asks young
        children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
        of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
        without great discomfort!

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



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