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Holy Rule for Feb. 10

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  • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
    +PAX A blessed feast of Saint Scholastica to all! Prayers, please, for Francis, entering hospice care, for his son, Dave, and all his family. Prayers that God
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 9 6:25 PM
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      A blessed feast of Saint Scholastica to all!

      Prayers, please, for Francis, entering hospice care, for his son, Dave, and
      all his family. Prayers that God fill Francis with all the graces for a happy
      death. Prayers of Deo gratias and thanks for Carol and Melissa, doing
      better, and for Mary, 96 years young today! Prayers for Fr. Udo, injured badly in a
      car wreck. He serves three parishes and they need him back. Prayers for
      William, he had to have surgery to have shunts placed in the large arteries of
      his legs, also for his wife and family. Prayers for Sr. Mary Daniel, undergoing
      a stress test to determine why she had severe chest pain and collapsed.
      prayers for Michael in palliative care for cancer. Prayers, too, for his wife
      and their daughter and also for his friend, John. Prayers for Jeron, going on a
      vocation weekend next week. Continued prayers for Sr. Lany Jo, the retreat
      staff and all their teens on retreat this weekend. Prayers for Jean, visiting
      family a half-continent away from home, very sick with pneumonia and may be
      hospitalized. Prayers for Phyllis, in ICU, pneumonia, diabetes and a urinary
      tract infection, then 2 emergency surgeries for blood clots in her foot and
      leg, very sick lady, also for her son, Bob, and all their 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

      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

      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. It's 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!

      The tender concern of a loving parent comes through loud and clear
      here. St. Benedict is well aware that he is not setting up a spa
      resort, but he also wants the monastics living by his ascetic regime
      to live in the reasonable comfort of moderation. "Reasonable," that
      is, in accord with reason; and "comfort" that is, to strengthen,
      literally, with strength.

      Some monastic reforms have missed the boat on this one! Certain
      accounts of the early monks of La Trappe seem like nothing more than
      travelogues of grim, gloomy, resigned penitential excess. It's not
      supposed to be easy, ( and it isn't!) but being a monastic isn't
      supposed to be ALL gritted teeth, either. We Benedictines need, as
      Hopkins put it: "room to let joy size."!

      So, yeah, let them sleep enough, but not too much. And after they've
      been chanting in Church for a good long while, give 'em all a
      bathroom break. This is not the program of a heartless, joyless,
      unloving taskmaster!



      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      _http://www.stmarysmonastery.org_ (http://www.stmarysmonastery.org/)
      _brjeromeleo@..._ (mailto:brjeromeleo@...)
      Petersham, MA






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    • Br. Jerome Leo
      +PAX St. Scholastica s feast got bumped this year by the First Sunday of Lent, but happy feast to her and all of you anyway! Prayers, please, for a group doing
      Message 2 of 5 , Feb 9 8:27 AM
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        St. Scholastica's feast got bumped this year by the First Sunday of Lent, but happy feast to her and all of you anyway!


        Prayers, please, for a group doing a pro-life prayer vigil this Saturday, and every second Saturday of the month, from 9-11am.

        Prayers for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:

        Br. Finbar's Mom, tumor removed, doing well, but not eating well. Prognosis is otherwise

        a man, 43, who died after years of alcohol abuse, and for his estranged wife and nine year old son.

        for the success of the Catholic Worker anniversary later this year in Worcester.

        a man who is having a major depression episode.

        a special intention for someone's finances.

        Mark, having a hard time with his faith right now, almost wishes he were not Christian, because he feels that God is part of the problems he is having.

        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

        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. It's 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!

        The tender concern of a loving parent comes through loud and clear
        here. St. Benedict is well aware that he is not setting up a spa
        resort, but he also wants the monastics living by his ascetic regime
        to live in the reasonable comfort of moderation. "Reasonable," that
        is, in accord with reason; and "comfort" that is, to strengthen,
        literally, with strength.

        Some monastic reforms have missed the boat on this one! Certain
        accounts of the early monks of La Trappe seem like nothing more than
        travelogues of grim, gloomy, resigned penitential excess. It's not
        supposed to be easy, ( and it isn't!) but being a monastic isn't
        supposed to be ALL gritted teeth, either. We Benedictines need, as
        Hopkins put it: "room to let joy size."!

        So, yeah, let them sleep enough, but not too much. And after they've
        been chanting in Church for a good long while, give 'em all a
        bathroom break. This is not the program of a heartless, joyless,
        unloving taskmaster!



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


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