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  • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
    +PAX Prayers for Carol, who had to euthanize her beloved cat, Smokey. Pet-lovers will know what awful pain this is. Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias for
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 31, 2007
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      Prayers for Carol, who had to euthanize her beloved cat, Smokey. Pet-lovers
      will know what awful pain this is. Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias for
      Terry, for whom we prayed. She had gallbladder surgery 3 weeks
      ago. This past week she had a cancerous kidney removed and she is doing
      well. Continued prayers for her and her family. Prayers for the happy death and
      eternal rest of George, on the anniversary of his death, prayers, too, for
      his son, George, and all their family.

      Deo gratias and prayers of thanks, Kathryn and Steven have completed the
      adoption of a daughter from Guatemala. Prayers for Ritagail, please, that she
      will be able to let go of her pride/ego/self-righteousness enough for others to
      help her, if it be God's Will. And, that God will grant her discernment.
      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

      April 1, August 1, December 1
      Chapter 50: On Sisters Who are Working
      Far From the Oratory or Are on a Journey


      Those sisters who are working at a great distance
      and cannot get to the oratory at the proper time --
      the Abbess judging that such is the case --
      shall perform the Work of God
      in the place where they are working,
      bending their knees in reverence before God.

      Likewise those who have been sent on a journey
      shall not let the appointed Hours pass by,
      but shall say the Office by themselves as well as they can
      and not neglect to render the task of their service.

      REFLECTION

      Here's a chapter that speaks loud and clear to Oblates in the world.
      We have all been sent on our journeys by God, so the journey is good,
      but in the midst of it we must carry our monastery and, to a certain
      extent, even its choir, in our hearts. It is a fact that we are away
      from the monastery most of the time. We may wish it were otherwise,
      God, for His own reasons, may not.

      Hence, we need to study with special attention the means to carry not
      just the monastery and choir, but the entire Holy Rule and all of our
      Order in our hearts. There must our cloisters be built. The reins of
      obedience for us come not from walls and stones, not from the
      constant presence of a community to help us, but from our free will
      and loving gift, from the mindful vigilance of our hearts. This
      cloister of the heart, if nurtured, can become in truth a "paradisus
      claustralis", a cloistered paradise! But it does take time!

      A perennial concern of Oblates is how to say the Office in the world,
      or how much of it to say. Actually, that concern is SO perennial that
      one can easily get bogged down in it, spinning one's wheels! Satan
      doesn't care whether you get caught by temptations to murder or by
      temptations to liturgy, so long as you get caught! (Any who have
      dealt with certain "liturgists", presumed and otherwise, will
      quickly note the similarities between temptations to murder and
      liturgy....)

      The answer here is loud and clear, both terribly simple and (like the
      perfection of so many simple things,) not a little daunting: "as well
      as they can." Now look at this precept, really look at it. That means
      that you will never be able to solemnly intone the Hours in many, if
      not most of the places you live and work. Which also means that God,
      of all the most merciful and loving, clearly understands the limits
      of your life.

      I hesitate to mention depression too often, but because it is my
      personal experience and I know that it has tremendous connections to
      the spiritual life for good or ill, I'll risk it! Ever hear about one
      of the symptoms of depression being trouble concentrating? Let me
      tell you, beloveds, when I can deny any other sign, I can never deny
      that one.

      Twenty minutes of memorized prayers and Psalms takes an
      hour or more. And certainly NOT because one is swept up into the
      seventh heaven! Quite the reverse! One's mind jumps everywhere, like
      an agile monkey on speed leaping from tree to tree in the canopy of
      an endlessly confusing jungle. The words are just repeated, with so
      little attention, feeling or meaning. And even that is a crushing
      effort at times. Sigh...

      If you are at all like me, you will feel badly about that: "Oh, no!
      I've been distracted at prayer again..." Don't make it any worse than
      it already is: God fully knows WHY we are distracted, why we are
      limited by anything within or without. So long as you didn't deliberately
      intend and set out to pray mindlessly, don't worry. (And few, I hope, do
      that!)
      God may actually permit those distractions to humble us. Just calm
      down and do the best you can.

      I have long since resigned myself to ruefully chuckling that
      often I am no better at all than a mindless, mechanical prayer wheel,
      like those spun in Tibet. I hope God accepts all our prayer wheel
      days and I really think He does! So long as we are not deliberately
      slovenly or careless about prayer, it delights God, and, as one of
      the Fathers observed, even distracted prayer makes the devil mad!

      A quick suggestion as a way to bring monastery and choir into our
      busy day. This is one of my favorites, one of two prayers proper to
      the morning hour of Prime. It is easily memorized and therefore VERY
      portable! It can sneak into the tiniest of places in a busy day and
      carry the heart right to God and its cloister of peace and truth.
      Enjoy!!

      " O Lord God, King of heaven and earth, be pleased this day to direct
      and sanctify, to rule and govern our hearts and bodies, our thoughts,
      words and deeds according to Your law and in obedience to Your
      commandments. Now and forever may we attain salvation and freedom by
      Your help, O Savior of the world, Who lives and reigns forever and
      ever. Amen"

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







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    • Br. Jerome Leo
      +PAX Prayers for the physical, spiritual and mental health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who treat them: Ann, panic attack of over a week
      Message 2 of 5 , Mar 31, 2008
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        Prayers for the physical, spiritual and mental health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who treat them:

        Ann, panic attack of over a week now.

        Fr. Steve, post-op cancer treatment, then cardiac problems, now in rehab, but his Mom died last week. Prayers for both and all their family and for his Mom's happy death and eternal rest.

        Gregory, for graces in his week-long retreat he negan and for his wife and balance in his marriage.

        Sue and her baby, she decided not to abort her child (Deo gratias!) and needs a lot of grace and strength just now.

        Alma, pneumona.

        James and his wife, for safe travel this month.

        Daniel, making progress in rehab and now using a walker, seeking to return to work part-time.
        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

        April 1, August 1, December 1
        Chapter 50: On Sisters Who are Working
        Far From the Oratory or Are on a Journey


        Those sisters who are working at a great distance
        and cannot get to the oratory at the proper time --
        the Abbess judging that such is the case --
        shall perform the Work of God
        in the place where they are working,
        bending their knees in reverence before God.

        Likewise those who have been sent on a journey
        shall not let the appointed Hours pass by,
        but shall say the Office by themselves as well as they can
        and not neglect to render the task of their service.

        REFLECTION

        Here's a chapter that speaks loud and clear to Oblates in the world.
        We have all been sent on our journeys by God, so the journey is good,
        but in the midst of it we must carry our monastery and, to a certain
        extent, even its choir, in our hearts. It is a fact that we are away
        from the monastery most of the time. We may wish it were otherwise,
        God, for His own reasons, may not.

        Hence, we need to study with special attention the means to carry not
        just the monastery and choir, but the entire Holy Rule and all of our
        Order in our hearts. There must our cloisters be built. The reins of
        obedience for us come not from walls and stones, not from the
        constant presence of a community to help us, but from our free will
        and loving gift, from the mindful vigilance of our hearts. This
        cloister of the heart, if nurtured, can become in truth a "paradisus
        claustralis", a cloistered paradise! But it does take time!

        A perennial concern of Oblates is how to say the Office in the world,
        or how much of it to say. Actually, that concern is SO perennial that
        one can easily get bogged down in it, spinning one's wheels! Satan
        doesn't care whether you get caught by temptations to murder or by
        temptations to liturgy, so long as you get caught! (Any who have
        dealt with certain "liturgists", presumed and otherwise, will
        quickly note the similarities between temptations to murder and
        liturgy....)

        The answer here is loud and clear, both terribly simple and (like the
        perfection of so many simple things,) not a little daunting: "as well
        as they can." Now look at this precept, really look at it. That means
        that you will never be able to solemnly intone the Hours in many, if
        not most of the places you live and work. Which also means that God,
        of all the most merciful and loving, clearly understands the limits
        of your life.

        I hesitate to mention depression too often, but because it is my
        personal experience and I know that it has tremendous connections to
        the spiritual life for good or ill, I'll risk it! Ever hear about one
        of the symptoms of depression being trouble concentrating? Let me
        tell you, beloveds, when I can deny any other sign, I can never deny
        that one.

        Twenty minutes of memorized prayers and Psalms takes an
        hour or more. And certainly NOT because one is swept up into the
        seventh heaven! Quite the reverse! One's mind jumps everywhere, like
        an agile monkey on speed leaping from tree to tree in the canopy of
        an endlessly confusing jungle. The words are just repeated, with so
        little attention, feeling or meaning. And even that is a crushing
        effort at times. Sigh...

        If you are at all like me, you will feel badly about that: "Oh, no!
        I've been distracted at prayer again..." Don't make it any worse than
        it already is: God fully knows WHY we are distracted, why we are
        limited by anything within or without. So long as you didn't deliberately
        intend and set out to pray mindlessly, don't worry. (And few, I hope, do
        that!)
        God may actually permit those distractions to humble us. Just calm
        down and do the best you can.

        I have long since resigned myself to ruefully chuckling that
        often I am no better at all than a mindless, mechanical prayer wheel,
        like those spun in Tibet. I hope God accepts all our prayer wheel
        days and I really think He does! So long as we are not deliberately
        slovenly or careless about prayer, it delights God, and, as one of
        the Fathers observed, even distracted prayer makes the devil mad!

        A quick suggestion as a way to bring monastery and choir into our
        busy day. This is one of my favorites, one of two prayers proper to
        the morning hour of Prime. It is easily memorized and therefore VERY
        portable! It can sneak into the tiniest of places in a busy day and
        carry the heart right to God and its cloister of peace and truth.
        Enjoy!!

        " O Lord God, King of heaven and earth, be pleased this day to direct
        and sanctify, to rule and govern our hearts and bodies, our thoughts,
        words and deeds according to Your law and in obedience to Your
        commandments. Now and forever may we attain salvation and freedom by
        Your help, O Savior of the world, Who lives and reigns forever and
        ever. Amen"

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









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