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Holy Rule for Oct. 13

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  • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
    +PAX Prayers, please for Mark. We prayed for him earlier when he broke his leg in a football game. Convalescing has left him off the team and feeling a bit
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 12, 2006
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      Prayers, please for Mark. We prayed for him earlier when he broke his leg in
      a football game. Convalescing has left him off the team and feeling a bit
      disconnected from things, now he has SAT tests coming at him, a lot for a young
      man dealing with many changes to handle, so prayers are most welcome.
      Prayers for M a delightful and beautiful young woman who is finding it
      difficult to find a good partner. She would dearly love to have a family.

      Jack needs prayers for his Dad, 85, who has had a mild stroke. There is also
      some lung trouble with fluid and he has abestosis. Something also wrong with
      his kidney, perhaps cancer. Prayers, too, for Jack and his wife, Frances,
      and all the family. 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

      Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time

      From Easter until the Calends of November
      let the same number of Psalms be kept as prescribed above;
      but no lessons are to be read from the book,
      on account of the shortness of the nights.
      Instead of those three lessons
      let one lesson from the Old Testament be said by heart
      and followed by a short responsory.
      But all the rest should be done as has been said;
      that is to say that never fewer than twelve Psalms
      should be said at the Night Office,
      not counting Psalm 3 and Psalm 94.


      REFLECTION

      The rhythm here is pure agriculture, not liturgy: when the sun rises
      sooner, so do the farm chores, which have no human seasonal clocks to
      tell them otherwise! Critters have to be cared for, milked and
      pastured according to their clocks, not ours. The upshot of this is
      that, for nearly 1,500 years, until the late 1960's, Benedictines
      followed the Holy Rule's advice and said Matins differently in the
      summer and winter, even in the cities. (It is worthy of note that, at
      least in the U.S., agricultural enterprises were being abandoned at
      about the same time as no longer economically feasible in many
      houses.)

      Put another spin on this and you will find, especially if you are an
      Oblate, that St. Benedict intends at least some aspects of his
      monastic program to adapt themselves to the environment in which the
      monastic lives. Do no wear yourself out trying to make the very
      square peg of a relentless monastic life fit into the intractably
      round hole of a life in the world. Don't try to make your kids (or
      spouse!) understand that you are going to be monastic, no matter what
      they are or aren't. For one thing, if you in any way diminish your
      primary vocation, like marriage or parenthood, you are not going to
      be monastic at all! The key to our struggle is obedience and
      humility, not control of others.

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




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    • Br. Jerome Leo
      +PAX Deo gratias, Denise had a very safe trip from South Africa to the UK. Deo gratias, Mary Ellen was released from ER after tests and a CT scan came back
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 12, 2016

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        Deo gratias, Denise had a very safe trip from South Africa to the UK.

         

        Deo gratias, Mary Ellen was released from ER after tests and a CT scan came back clear. Her pain went away and her Dad and Mom want to thank all who prayed. They had feared an aneurysm and were so relieved when that was ruled out.

        Prayers for Charlene, who cannot sleep and is struggling with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.  She said it is torture to get through the days.  Prayers that God lifts the depression and puts the people in her life who can help her.

        Prayers for the eternal rest of Millie, and for her husband and all her family and all who mourn her.

        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

        Oct. 13


        Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time

        From Easter until the Calends of November
        let the same number of Psalms be kept as prescribed above;
        but no lessons are to be read from the book,
        on account of the shortness of the nights.
        Instead of those three lessons
        let one lesson from the Old Testament be said by heart
        and followed by a short responsory.
        But all the rest should be done as has been said;
        that is to say that never fewer than twelve Psalms
        should be said at the Night Office,
        not counting Psalm 3 and Psalm 94.


        REFLECTION

        The gentleness of St. Benedict, his considerate thoughtfulness is
        again apparent here. Another principle comes to mind, as well. The
        Office is important, but it revolves WITH us to a certain extent. It
        is the axis our day turns on, but that axis may be shortened by the
        season. There are circumstances under which even the Work of God
        itself changes for us. Was humanity made for the Sabbath, or the
        Sabbath for humanity?

        Put another spin on this and you will find, especially if you are an
        Oblate, that St. Benedict intends at least some aspects of his
        monastic program to adapt themselves to the environment in which the
        monastic lives.

        Don't try to make your kids (or spouse!) understand that you are
        going to be monastic, no matter whether they are or aren't. For one
        thing, if you in any way diminish your primary vocation, like
        marriage or parenthood, you are not going to be monastic at all!
        For another thing, such tactics might drive them even farther from
        the faith you hope to share and instill in them.

        The key to our struggle is obedience and humility, not control of others.
        Our oblation must be done in addition to our sacramental and primary
        vocations, never instead of them.

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

         

         

         

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