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Holy Rule for Oct. 13

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    +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
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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.


      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

      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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