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Holy Rule for Mar. 1

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  • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
    +PAX Prayers for Mark, who stepped on a land mine Saturday in Iraq and had two feet blown off, but survived unscathed otherwise. Deo gratias that his life
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 28, 2007
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      Prayers for Mark, who stepped on a land mine Saturday in Iraq and had two
      feet blown off, but survived unscathed otherwise. Deo gratias that his life was
      spared. It appears from his story that intercession to St. Joseph has had a
      lot to do with protecting him. His Mom, Debbie is so grateful. We had prayed
      for Mark when he was deployed earlier. Please continue to pray for him as he
      begins the long road of recovery and rehab. He still has so many hurdles, but
      God is so good. Prayers, too, for Debbie, for all their family, and for all
      those who care for Mark and all of us medically or spiritually.

      Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias for C., a very promising job offer!
      Prayers for the team and retreatants of a young adult retreat in Texas, a Bayou
      Awakening, rather like a Cursillo retreat, held later this month. May God fill
      them all with his Holy Spirit and blessings. 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

      March 1, July 1, October 31
      Chapter 24: What the Measure of Excommunication Should Be

      The measure of excommunication or of chastisement
      should correspond to the degree of fault,
      which degree is estimated by the judgment of the Abbess.


      If a sister is found guilty of lighter faults,
      let her be excluded from the common table.
      Now the program for one deprived of the company of the table
      shall be as follows:
      In the oratory she shall intone neither Psalm nor antiphon
      nor shall she recite a lesson
      until she has made satisfaction;
      in the refectory she shall take her food alone
      after the community meal,
      so that if they eat at the sixth hour, for instance,
      that sister shall eat at the ninth,
      while if they eat at the ninth hour
      she shall eat in the evening,
      until by a suitable satisfaction she obtains pardon.

      REFLECTION

      Let's face it, St. Benedict has a lot to say about excommunication- a
      clumsy term, perhaps, because people often assume it means
      excommunication from the Church, which is the only sense of the word
      we commonly have today. It does not, of course mean that, just a
      punishment of exclusion from certain community functions.

      Let's face something else, at least in this chapter. Fasting an extra
      three hours might not be lovely, but no intoning in choir? What bad
      news! Gosh... Even many of us who CAN sing would look at that as a
      nice break!

      And eating alone? Well, the extra fast was a drag, but I
      sure missed that droning reader and the tedious book we've been
      reading. What awful luck!

      See the difference in perception a millennium or so can make? That
      may be a large part of why the penal code is not followed today: some
      of its punishments simply make little sense to modern monastics, some
      seem mean, and others (as above,) seem like downright vacations.

      The rest of this applies with great ease to family situations,
      marital situations and the workplace. Something must be gleaned from
      all this legislation for punishment: the one at fault must be told
      when something is wrong. That, after all, is the only reason for
      punishment, to be a wake up call to the less than brilliant.

      Unfortunately, the monastic hatred of personal confrontation endemic
      in our ranks assumes (because it is easiest to do so,) sufficient
      brilliance for all to sooner or later figure out that they are amiss.
      It just ain't so, folks, sorry! Things fester when they go ignored
      for years. Things that someone should have dealt with gently, but
      firmly and even summarily, in formation or childhood, torture the
      family in later years.

      Look, it is hard, VERY hard, to confront a predictably stubborn or
      difficult child or monastic or spouse or employee on a bad day. It's
      easy to see why one would rather not do so. But the Holy Rule asks
      many things that are difficult of us, and this one is unquestionably
      for the good of all, both the offender and the offended. The false
      charity, (really just cowardice in polite drag,) that omits to make
      these difficult corrections goes a long way to making everyone's life
      hellish in the future.

      Also, in workplace especially, bear in mind that the authority figure
      here is the abbot, not the rank and file. One dare not assume all
      those prerogatives as a peer and equal. Fraternal correction will get
      a chapter of its own later on, but it is not a mantle to be assumed
      lightly. We must beware of the other extreme: becoming universal
      policing agents for all and sundry. A tiny spark of Gestapo flickers
      in many, if not most human hearts. Do nothing to fan the flame!

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

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    • russophile2002
      +PAX A blessed and fruitful Lent to all! May all our sacrifices and prayers bear great fruit for all the world. Prayers for Maryann, painful dental problems
      Message 2 of 5 , Feb 28

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        A blessed and fruitful Lent to all! May all our sacrifices and prayers bear great fruit for all the world.

         

        Prayers for Maryann, painful dental problems and no insurance.

         

        Prayers for Jeff, special intention.

         

        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

        March 1, July 1, October 31
        Chapter 24: What the Measure of Excommunication Should Be

        The measure of excommunication or of chastisement should correspond
        to the degree of fault, which degree is estimated by the judgment
        of the Abbess.

        If a sister is found guilty of lighter faults, let her be excluded
        from the common table. Now the program for one deprived of the
        company of the table shall be as follows: In the oratory she shall
        intone neither Psalm nor antiphon nor shall she recite a lesson
        until she has made satisfaction; in the refectory she shall take
        her food alone after the community meal,
        so that if they eat at the sixth hour, for instance, that sister
        shall eat at the ninth,
        while if they eat at the ninth hour she shall eat in the evening,
        until by a suitable satisfaction she obtains pardon.

        REFLECTION

        Let's face it, St. Benedict has a lot to say about excommunication-
        a clumsy term, perhaps, because people often assume it means
        excommunication from the Church, which is the only sense of the
        word we commonly have today. It does not, of course mean that, just
        a punishment of exclusion from certain community functions.

        Let's face something else, at least in this chapter. Fasting an
        extra three hours might not be lovely, but no intoning in choir?
        What bad news! Gosh... Even many of us who CAN sing would look at
        that as a nice break!

        And eating alone? Well, the extra fast was a drag, but I sure
        missed that reader and the tedious book we've been reading.
        What awful luck!

        See the difference in perception a millennium or so can make? That
        may be a large part of why the penal code is not followed today:
        some of its punishments simply make little sense to modern
        monastics, some seem mean, and others (as above,) seem like
        downright vacations.

        The rest of this applies with great ease to family situations,
        marital situations and the workplace. Something must be gleaned
        from all this legislation for punishment: the one at fault must be
        told when something is wrong. That, after all, is the Rule’s reason
        for punishment, to be a wake up call to the less than brilliant.

        Unfortunately, the monastic hatred of personal confrontation
        endemic in our ranks may sometimes assume sufficient brilliance

        for the offender to sooner or later figure out that they are amiss.

        It often just isn't so, folks, sorry! Things fester when
        they go ignored for years. Things that someone should have dealt
        with gently, but firmly and even summarily, in formation or
        childhood, torture the family in later years.

        Look, it is hard, VERY hard, to confront a predictably stubborn or
        difficult child or monastic or spouse or employee.
        It's easy to see why one would rather not do so. But the Holy Rule
        asks many things that are difficult of us, and this one is truly
        for the good of all, both the offender and the offended. The false
        charity that omits to make these difficult corrections goes a long way

        to making everyone's life awful in the future.

        Also, in workplace especially, bear in mind that the authority
        figure here is the abbot, not the rank and file. One dare not
        assume all those prerogatives as a peer and equal. Fraternal
        correction is not a mantle to be assumed lightly. We must beware

        of the other extreme: becoming universal policing agents for all

        and sundry. A tiny spark of Gestapo flickers in many human hearts.

        Do nothing to fan the flame!

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

        Petersham, MA

         


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