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Holy Rule for Oct. 27

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  • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
    +PAX Prayers, please, for Donna who was just diagnosed with a tumor on one of her kidneys which will require surgery. She has great faith and is very much at
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 26, 2006
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      Prayers, please, for Donna who was just diagnosed with a tumor on one of her
      kidneys which will require surgery. She has great faith and is very much at
      peace about it. Prayers for her family, too, and for those treating her and
      those caring for all our prayer folks, spiritually or physically. Deo gratias
      and prayers of thanks for Pat, whom we prayed for last week with undiagnosed
      chest pain. She had a successful double bypass surgery and is recovering
      nicely.

      I ask prayers of all for the will of God in the upcoming United States
      elections in early November. So many crucial issues are at stake. Please pray that
      our voters- and those they elect- will be led by God to do His will. Lord,
      help us 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 26, June 27, October 27
      Chapter 20: On Reverence in Prayer

      When we wish to suggest our wants to persons of high station,
      we do not presume to do so
      except with humility and reverence.
      How much the more, then,
      are complete humility and pure devotion necessary
      in supplication of the Lord who is God of the universe!
      And let us be assured
      that it is not in saying a great deal that we shall be heard (Matt
      6:7),
      but in purity of heart and in tears of compunction.
      Our prayer, therefore, ought to be short and pure,
      unless it happens to be prolonged
      by an inspiration of divine grace.
      In community, however, let prayer be very short,
      and when the Superior gives the signal let all rise together.

      REFLECTION

      There is a necessary tension in Benedictine prayer, both public and
      private, between the awesome majesty and otherness of God and His
      infinite closeness and approachability. God is among us. He is not
      the guy next door, but neither is He some untouchable, easily
      offended emperor or sultan. Both these truths must be addressed in
      order to maintain a correct balance.

      God doesn't need ceremony, He doesn't need anything. All the high
      church in the world might (or might not...) tickle His fancy, but it
      does not one whit for Him personally. The rub here is that WE need
      what we offer to God, and that has been all too often forgotten.

      In a very real and subtle sense, we BECOME what we offer to God,
      often quite unnoticed by ourselves. The upshot of all this is clear:
      offer God the lowest possible common denominator and that is what
      those offering same will become. Offer Him empty and presumptuous
      high church as theatre and be not surprised when those offering such
      things become rather ridiculously silly themselves. In very sad fact,
      either empty extreme will make people pathetically silly and spiritually
      impoverished besides.

      St. Benedict says far less about personal prayer than the Carmelites,
      but everything he says here would warm the hearts of Sts. Teresa of
      Avila and John of the Cross. The "short and pure" prayer that he
      recommends was already a great favorite of the Desert Fathers and
      Mothers. They loved "one-liners", often just repeating "O God, come
      to my assistance," or other phrases from the Psalms, many of which
      figure in the Office to our own day.

      This is another truly Benedictine form of prayer, one that can be
      started without any preparation at all, the "short and pure"
      aspirations repeated from the heart. The Jesus Prayer would work well
      here, or any other of a number of phrases from devotional prayer or
      Scripture. Like the early Desert monastics, one may weave them into
      virtually any part of the day or work.

      Even a surprise moment of solitude on an elevator is a chance for a few
      good Jesus Prayers! In line at the grocery store one could choose to only
      read the scandal sheet headlines every other day (LOL!) and use some
      of that time for aspirations instead. Opportunities abound! The shortness of
      this prayer is perfect for busy Oblates, a real connection to our
      Benedictine
      family and way that is accessible to all.

      We can get distracted when repeating a one-line prayer many times. On
      the one hand, one should struggle to remain focused, but on the
      other, a Desert Father once quipped that, if God counted distraction
      at Psalmody, no one could be saved! I have always taken great comfort
      in that saying, since frequently (like, say, daily...) I more closely
      resemble a Tibetan prayer wheel than a praying, conscious monk. It
      may be folly, but I hope God is pleased with even those "prayer
      wheel" times. Another Desert saying has it that, even when we are
      distracted at prayer, it still annoys the demons and is worth at
      least that!!

      A very Benedictine warning here that the Carmelites would strongly
      approve: prayer is only to be prolonged by "inspiration of divine
      grace." When God does let us feel something wonderful in prayer, a
      very understandable temptation is to hang onto the feeling, to
      prolong it, to produce it again. Doesn't work, folks, and it could
      very well turn into a trap. When God prolongs prayer or gives us
      graces, fine! Relax, swim in His grace and enjoy it, but never, ever
      try to fill the pool for a quick dip on your own. That's not the way
      prayer- or God- works.

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



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    • Br. Jerome Leo
      +PAX Prayers for Katherine, who lost her husband of 41 years in January, and for his eternal rest, for all their family and all who mourn him. Prayers for the
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 26, 2016

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        Prayers for Katherine, who lost her husband of 41 years in January, and for his eternal rest, for all their family and all who mourn him.

         

        Prayers for the eternal rest of Fr. Jacques de Paul, OSB, near the anniversary of his death.

         

        Prayers for the recovery of Fr. Tom Kearns, 82, attacked and robbed, surgery Monday for his facial fractures. Prayers, too, for the repentance of his attackers and their conversion and the return of his wallet and car.

         

        Prayers for Michael F. and his Mom, she was admitted to the hospital with congestive heart failure.

         

        Prayers for the eternal rest of Sr. M. Annata Brockman, 89, a Sister of Charity of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and for her family, Community and all who mourn her.

         

        Prayers for Ron, who is having an angiogram on Friday, that they can clear a heart problem and he won't require open heart surgery. For Gods will and presence in this.

         

        Prayers for Barrett, being received as an Oblate novice for St. Gregory Abbey, Three Rivers, next month.

         

        Prayers for Kathleen, pursuing wicca and needs to be led back to Christ.

         

        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, BJL


        February 26, June 27, October 27
        Chapter 20: On Reverence in Prayer

        When we wish to suggest our wants to persons of high station, we do
        not presume to do so
        except with humility and reverence. How much the more, then, are
        complete humility and pure devotion necessary in supplication of
        the Lord who is God of the universe! And let us be assured that it
        is not in saying a great deal that we shall be heard (Matt 6:7),
        but in purity of heart and in tears of compunction. Our prayer,
        therefore, ought to be short and pure, unless it happens to be
        prolonged by an inspiration of divine grace. In community, however,
        let prayer be very short, and when the Superior gives the signal
        let all rise together.


        REFLECTION

        There is a necessary tension in Benedictine prayer, both public and
        private, between the awesome majesty and otherness of God and His
        infinite closeness and approachability. God is among us. He is not
        the guy next door, but neither is He some untouchable, easily
        offended emperor or sultan. Both these truths must be addressed in
        order to maintain a correct balance.

        God doesn't need ceremony, He doesn't need anything. All the high
        church in the world might (or might not...) tickle His fancy, but
        it does not one whit for Him personally. The rub here is that WE
        need what we offer to God, and that has been all too often
        forgotten.

        In a very real and subtle sense, we BECOME what we offer to God,
        often quite unnoticed by ourselves. The upshot of all this is
        clear: offer God the lowest possible common denominator and that is
        what those offering same will become. Offer Him empty and
        presumptuous high church as theatre and be not surprised when those
        offering such things become rather ridiculously silly themselves. In very sad
        fact, either empty extreme will make people pathetically silly and
        spiritually impoverished besides. Ceremony is good, but must be

        sincere and devout.

        St. Benedict says far less about personal prayer than the
        Carmelites, but everything he says here would warm the hearts of
        Sts. Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. The "short and pure"
        prayer that he recommends was already a great favorite of the
        Desert Fathers and Mothers. They loved "one-liners", often just
        repeating "O God, come to my assistance," or other phrases from
        the Psalms, many of which figure in the Office to our own day.

        This is another truly Benedictine form of prayer, one that can be
        started without any preparation at all, the "short and pure"
        aspirations repeated from the heart. The Jesus Prayer would work
        well here, or any other of a number of phrases from devotional
        prayer or
        Scripture. Like the early Desert monastics, one may weave them into
        virtually any part of the day or work.

        Even a surprise moment of solitude on an elevator is a chance for a
        few good Jesus Prayers! In line at the grocery store one could
        choose to avoid reading  the scandal sheet headlines in the racks
        there and use some of that time for aspirations instead.
        Opportunities abound! The shortness of this prayer is perfect for
        busy Oblates, a real connection to our Benedictine family and way
        that is accessible to all.

        We can get distracted when repeating a one-line prayer many times.
        On the one hand, one should struggle to remain focused, but on the
        other, a Desert Father once quipped that, if God counted
        distraction at Psalmody, no one could be saved! I have always taken
        great comfort in that saying, since frequently (like, say, daily...) I
        more closely resemble a Tibetan prayer wheel than a praying,
        conscious monk. It may be folly, but I hope God is pleased with
        even those "prayer wheel" times. Another Desert saying has it that,
        even when we are distracted at prayer, it still annoys the demons
        and is worth at least that!!

        A very Benedictine warning here that the Carmelites would strongly
        approve: prayer is only to be prolonged by "inspiration of divine
        grace." When God does let us feel something wonderful in prayer, a
        very understandable temptation is to hang onto the feeling, to
        prolong it, to produce it again. Doesn't work, folks, and it could
        very well turn into a trap. When God prolongs prayer or gives us
        graces, fine! Relax, swim in His grace and enjoy it, but never,
        ever try to fill the pool for a quick dip on your own. That's not
        the way prayer- or God- works.

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

         

         

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