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  • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
    +PAX Prayers for Sr. Lany Jo, on her feastday: blessings and graces abounding and may St. Joseph the Worker make sure she gets her rest. Balance, always
    Message 1 of 6 , Apr 30, 2007
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      Prayers for Sr. Lany Jo, on her feastday: blessings and graces abounding and
      may St. Joseph the Worker make sure she gets her rest. Balance, always
      balance!!

      Barb, with leukemia, whom we've been praying for over the past few years,
      has gone to God. Her family took her to hospice Friday when it just became too
      hard for her parents to take care of her at home. She passed away Saturday
      evening with her family around her. She'd had a number of strokes and lost
      what little vision she had left, and was hoping for a speedy departure. Prayers
      for her happy death, eternal rest and for her family and all who mourn her.
      Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of Terry, 40, died in his sleep
      while on a fishing trip with his Dad, prayers for his wife, Regina, his Dad
      and all their family. What an unexpected shock to them all.

      Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias fro Christian, thought perhaps to be
      autistic. He said "Mama" clearly and is trying to count to ten, both huge
      milestones for this baby. Continued prayers for him and his parents and grandparents.
      Prayers for Jennifer, 27, an innocent bystander injured when a fight broke
      out and someone threw a bottle, which hit her in the face, cutting her and
      knocking out her front teeth, and for her worried parents. Prayers for a tense
      marriage situation, lots of game-laying going on with awful results and
      choices. Prayers for two folks both struggling to keep chaste. Many, I feel sure,
      will know how tough those battles can be. 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

      May 1, August 31, December 31
      Chapter 73: On the Fact That the Full Observance of Justice Is Not
      Established in This Rule

      Now we have written this Rule
      in order that by its observance in monasteries
      we may show that we have attained some degree of virtue
      and the rudiments of the religious life.

      But for those who would hasten to the perfection of that life
      there are the teaching of the holy Fathers,
      the observance of which leads to the height of perfection.
      For what page or what utterance
      of the divinely inspired books of the Old and New Testaments
      is not a most unerring rule for human life?
      Or what book of the holy Catholic Fathers
      does not loudly proclaim
      how we may come by a straight course to our Creator?
      Then the Conferences and the Institutes
      and the Lives of the Fathers,
      as also the Rule of our holy Father Basil --
      what else are they but tools of virtue
      for right-living and obedient monks?
      But for us who are lazy and ill-living and negligent
      they are a source of shame and confusion.

      Whoever you are, therefore,
      who are hastening to the heavenly homeland,
      fulfill with the help of Christ
      this minimum Rule which we have written for beginners;
      and then at length under God's protection
      you will attain to the loftier heights of doctrine and virtue
      which we have mentioned above.

      REFLECTION

      How great must our God be! I have never known anyone who kept all of
      the Holy Rule perfectly, but I have known many that I thought were
      great saints, very observant monastics. St. Benedict is clearly
      telling us that God is ever more- infinitely more!- than we may attain by
      observing this beginners' Rule.

      God is so vast and beyond us, we are always taking the tumbling
      first steps of toddlers towards Him, but He is always holding on and
      beaming with the pride and love of a parent guiding those steps.
      Our Holy Rule is filled with awesome things, yet it is only
      the "rudiments" of the spiritual life! Ours is the "minimum" Rule,
      the least Rule for rank beginners! Nothing but basics here... But ah,
      the loftier heights to which those basics can lead!

      "Whoever you are, therefore, who are hastening to the heavenly
      homeland..." That "whoever" is the true object of all this heartfelt
      tenderness of Saint Benedict , the one for whom he wrote! He only
      made one qualifier, that of "hastening to the heavenly homeland." It
      seems that some of our decisions about who matters and who does not
      have employed a somewhat more restrictive standard than that of our
      holy Father Benedict... and to our peril.

      "Whoever you are..." I don't care who you are or how much I disagree
      with you, whether I nearly hate your positions or love them blindly,
      it is you I am called to love, to honor to respect, to cherish as a
      fellow monastic traveler. You.

      "Whoever you are..." I surely don't care whether you're Catholic or
      not, in fact I am relieved and delighted that many of you on board
      are not! I surely don't care if you are not exactly the same sort of
      Catholic as I am, it doesn't matter to me. You do. You have to,
      because this is the Holy Rule I have embraced, that we all have.

      In the United States, where, through much of our history, Catholics
      and Jews shared a roughly equal amount of contempt, great camaraderie
      could flourish between the two and still quite often does. Having
      said that, it has always amused me that many Jews I know get along
      MUCH better with Catholics than they do with Jews who disagree with
      them! How like ourselves!

      When disagreement happens within our family, we hurt more, it is more
      important to us. The differing opinion of a stranger on the subway
      would hardly matter at all! Maybe the fact that we CAN get hurt and
      angry is a good sign, maybe it means we are at least beginning to
      love, but it is HOW we get hurt or angry that we have to examine
      very, very closely.

      The important thing is not opinion or observance or concepts or
      tempests in teacups. The important thing is you. Whoever you are.
      Every time I fail that, I have to get up, apologize and start over. Maybe
      not right from square one each time, but again each time. If I ever stop
      doing those things, I have stopped being a Benedictine.

      Whoever you are, but it's not just me that has to embrace that. You
      do, too. We all do. We ourselves are the only ones we can insist upon
      reforming, however, the only ones we can make change. That might be
      good to keep in mind, whoever you are.

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      _http://www.stmarysmonastery.org_ (http://www.stmarysmonastery.org/)
      _jeromeleo@..._
      (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holyrule/post?postID=ZQz47mk8RtFOfLqol3nTjn0BERscrQ_x_x_N8u2fRpn_K3p8Xkdf_WNItHaTmCCBYzymOQi7wRgvQo
      ZiXL5v5Q)
      Petersham, MA

      May 1, August 31, December 31
      Chapter 73: On the Fact That the Full Observance of Justice Is Not
      Established in This Rule

      Now we have written this Rule
      in order that by its observance in monasteries
      we may show that we have attained some degree of virtue
      and the rudiments of the religious life.

      But for those who would hasten to the perfection of that life
      there are the teaching of the holy Fathers,
      the observance of which leads to the height of perfection.
      For what page or what utterance
      of the divinely inspired books of the Old and New Testaments
      is not a most unerring rule for human life?
      Or what book of the holy Catholic Fathers
      does not loudly proclaim
      how we may come by a straight course to our Creator?
      Then the Conferences and the Institutes
      and the Lives of the Fathers,
      as also the Rule of our holy Father Basil --
      what else are they but tools of virtue
      for right-living and obedient monks?
      But for us who are lazy and ill-living and negligent
      they are a source of shame and confusion.

      Whoever you are, therefore,
      who are hastening to the heavenly homeland,
      fulfill with the help of Christ
      this minimum Rule which we have written for beginners;
      and then at length under God's protection
      you will attain to the loftier heights of doctrine and virtue
      which we have mentioned above.

      REFLECTION

      How great must our God be! I have never known anyone who kept all of
      the Holy Rule perfectly, but I have known many that I thought were
      great saints, very observant monastics. St. Benedict is clearly
      telling us that God is ever more- infinitely more!- than we may attain by
      observing this beginners' Rule.

      God is so vast and beyond us, we are always taking the tumbling
      first steps of toddlers towards Him, but He is always holding on and
      beaming with the pride and love of a parent guiding those steps.
      Our Holy Rule is filled with awesome things, yet it is only
      the "rudiments" of the spiritual life! Ours is the "minimum" Rule,
      the least Rule for rank beginners! Nothing but basics here... But ah,
      the loftier heights to which those basics can lead!

      "Whoever you are, therefore, who are hastening to the heavenly
      homeland..." That "whoever" is the true object of all this heartfelt
      tenderness of Saint Benedict , the one for whom he wrote! He only
      made one qualifier, that of "hastening to the heavenly homeland." It
      seems that some of our decisions about who matters and who does not
      have employed a somewhat more restrictive standard than that of our
      holy Father Benedict... and to our peril.

      "Whoever you are..." I don't care who you are or how much I disagree
      with you, whether I nearly hate your positions or love them blindly,
      it is you I am called to love, to honor to respect, to cherish as a
      fellow monastic traveler. You.

      "Whoever you are..." I surely don't care whether you're Catholic or
      not, in fact I am relieved and delighted that many of you on board
      are not! I surely don't care if you are not exactly the same sort of
      Catholic as I am, it doesn't matter to me. You do. You have to,
      because this is the Holy Rule I have embraced, that we all have.

      In the United States, where, through much of our history, Catholics
      and Jews shared a roughly equal amount of contempt, great camaraderie
      could flourish between the two and still quite often does. Having
      said that, it has always amused me that many Jews I know get along
      MUCH better with Catholics than they do with Jews who disagree with
      them! How like ourselves!

      When disagreement happens within our family, we hurt more, it is more
      important to us. The differing opinion of a stranger on the subway
      would hardly matter at all! Maybe the fact that we CAN get hurt and
      angry is a good sign, maybe it means we are at least beginning to
      love, but it is HOW we get hurt or angry that we have to examine
      very, very closely.

      The important thing is not opinion or observance or concepts or
      tempests in teacups. The important thing is you. Whoever you are.
      Every time I fail that, I have to get up, apologize and start over. Maybe
      not right from square one each time, but again each time. If I ever stop
      doing those things, I have stopped being a Benedictine.

      Whoever you are, but it's not just me that has to embrace that. You
      do, too. We all do. We ourselves are the only ones we can insist upon
      reforming, however, the only ones we can make change. That might be
      good to keep in mind, whoever you are.

      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 Prayers for my dear Sister Lany Jo, on her patronal feastday, St. Joseph the Worker. Graces galore and many more! Ad multos annos! Prayers for the eternal
      Message 2 of 6 , Apr 30, 2016

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        Prayers for my dear Sister Lany Jo, on her patronal feastday, St. Joseph the Worker. Graces galore and many more! Ad multos annos!

         

        Prayers for the eternal rest of Edward Richardson, Sr., who passed away Thursday evening and for his family and friends who mourn him.

         

        Prayers for the eternal rest of Lorin Krogh, for whom we prayed for a peaceful passing, he departed this life very peacefully at about 6:30 AM PST, Saturday.  A member of his spiritual family was with him, practicing in his tradition, when he passed. Prayers for his family and all who mourn him. Many thanks to those who prayed for him.

         

        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

        May 1, August 31, December 31
        Chapter 73: On the Fact That the Full Observance of Justice Is Not
        Established in This Rule

        Now we have written this Rule
        in order that by its observance in monasteries
        we may show that we have attained some degree of virtue
        and the rudiments of the religious life.

        But for those who would hasten to the perfection of that life
        there are the teaching of the holy Fathers,
        the observance of which leads to the height of perfection.
        For what page or what utterance
        of the divinely inspired books of the Old and New Testaments
        is not a most unerring rule for human life?
        Or what book of the holy Catholic Fathers
        does not loudly proclaim
        how we may come by a straight course to our Creator?
        Then the Conferences and the Institutes
        and the Lives of the Fathers,
        as also the Rule of our holy Father Basil --
        what else are they but tools of virtue
        for right-living and obedient monks?
        But for us who are lazy and ill-living and negligent
        they are a source of shame and confusion.

        Whoever you are, therefore,
        who are hastening to the heavenly homeland,
        fulfill with the help of Christ
        this minimum Rule which we have written for beginners;
        and then at length under God's protection
        you will attain to the loftier heights of doctrine and virtue
        which we have mentioned above.

        REFLECTION

        How great must our God be! I have never known anyone who kept all of
        the Holy Rule perfectly, but I have known some that I thought were
        great saints, very observant monastics. St. Benedict is clearly
        telling us that God is ever more- infinitely more!- than we may attain by
        observing this beginners' Rule.

        God is so vast and beyond us, we are always taking the tumbling
        first steps of toddlers towards Him, but He is always holding on and
        beaming with the pride and love of a parent guiding those steps.
        Our Holy Rule is filled with awesome things, yet it is only
        the "rudiments" of the spiritual life! Ours is the "minimum" Rule,
        the least Rule for rank beginners! Nothing but basics here... But ah,
        the loftier heights to which those basics can lead!

        "Whoever you are, therefore, who are hastening to the heavenly
        homeland..." That "whoever" is the true object of all this heartfelt
        tenderness of Saint Benedict , the one for whom he wrote! He only
        made one qualifier, that of "hastening to the heavenly homeland." It
        seems that some of our decisions about who matters and who does not
        have employed a somewhat more restrictive standard than that of our
        holy Father Benedict... and to our peril.

        "Whoever you are..." I don't care who you are or how much I disagree
        with you, whether I nearly hate your positions or love them blindly,
        it is you I am called to love, to honor to respect, to cherish as a
        fellow monastic traveler. You.

        The important thing is not opinion or observance or concepts or
        tempests in teacups. The important thing is you. Whoever you are.
        Every time I fail that, I have to get up, apologize and start over. Maybe
        not right from square one each time, but again each time. If I ever stop
        doing those things, I have stopped being a Benedictine.

        Whoever you are, but it's not just me that has to embrace that. You
        do, too. We all do. We ourselves are the only ones we can insist upon
        reforming, however, the only ones we can make change. That might be
        good to keep in mind, whoever you are.

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

         

         

      • russophile2002
        +PAX Prayers for my dear friend from high school, Sr. Lany Jo, ASCJ, on her patronal feastday, St. Joseph the Worker, graces galore and many more, ad multos
        Message 3 of 6 , Apr 30

          +PAX

           

          Prayers for my dear friend from high school, Sr. Lany Jo, ASCJ, on her patronal feastday, St. Joseph the Worker, graces galore and many more, ad multos annos!

           

          Prayers for the eternal rest of Fr. Mark, OSB, 66, of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, and for his family, Community and all who mourn him.

           

          Continued prayers for Farrell, diabetic and having back surgery, also for his wife, Cheryl. In my earlier post, I mistakenly listed his wife as Chris, but God knows who we meant.

           

          Continued prayers for Bonnie, and for the eternal rest of Katie, her daughter, who died in drug rehab. Bonnie has had many crosses to bear and this is so hard for her.

           

          Ardent prayers for Theresa, also bearing many crosses.

          Prayers for Matt, vocational discernment, for God’s will for him.

          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

          May 1, August 31, December 31
          Chapter 73: On the Fact That the Full Observance of Justice Is Not
          Established in This Rule

          Now we have written this Rule
          in order that by its observance in monasteries
          we may show that we have attained some degree of virtue
          and the rudiments of the religious life.

          But for those who would hasten to the perfection of that life
          there are the teaching of the holy Fathers,
          the observance of which leads to the height of perfection.
          For what page or what utterance
          of the divinely inspired books of the Old and New Testaments
          is not a most unerring rule for human life?
          Or what book of the holy Catholic Fathers
          does not loudly proclaim
          how we may come by a straight course to our Creator?
          Then the Conferences and the Institutes
          and the Lives of the Fathers,
          as also the Rule of our holy Father Basil --
          what else are they but tools of virtue
          for right-living and obedient monks?
          But for us who are lazy and ill-living and negligent
          they are a source of shame and confusion.

          Whoever you are, therefore,
          who are hastening to the heavenly homeland,
          fulfill with the help of Christ
          this minimum Rule which we have written for beginners;
          and then at length under God's protection
          you will attain to the loftier heights of doctrine and virtue
          which we have mentioned above.

          REFLECTION

          (I confess that this is one of my favorite reflections…)

          How great must our God be! I have never known anyone who kept all of
          the Holy Rule perfectly, but I have known some that I thought were
          great saints, very observant monastics. St. Benedict is clearly
          telling us that God is ever more- infinitely more!- than we may attain by
          observing this beginners' Rule.

          God is so vast and beyond us, we are always taking the tumbling
          first steps of toddlers towards Him, but He is always holding on and
          beaming with the pride and love of a parent guiding those steps.
          Our Holy Rule is filled with awesome things, yet it is only
          the "rudiments" of the spiritual life! Ours is the "minimum" Rule,
          the least Rule for rank beginners! Nothing but basics here... But ah,
          the loftier heights to which those basics can lead!

          "Whoever you are, therefore, who are hastening to the heavenly
          homeland..." That "whoever" is the true object of all this heartfelt
          tenderness of Saint Benedict , the one for whom he wrote! He only
          made one qualifier, that of "hastening to the heavenly homeland." It
          seems that some of our decisions about who matters and who does not
          have employed a somewhat more restrictive standard than that of our
          holy Father Benedict... and to our peril.

          "Whoever you are..." I don't care who you are or how much I disagree
          with you, whether I nearly hate your positions or love them blindly,
          it is you I am called to love, to honor to respect, to cherish as a
          fellow monastic traveler. You.

          The important thing is not opinion or observance or concepts or
          tempests in teacups. The important thing is you. Whoever you are.
          Every time I fail that, I have to get up, apologize and start over. Maybe
          not right from square one each time, but again each time. If I ever stop
          doing those things, I have stopped being a Benedictine.

          Whoever you are, but it's not just me that has to embrace that. You
          do, too. We all do. We ourselves are the only ones we can insist upon
          reforming, however, the only ones we can make change. That might be
          good to keep in mind, whoever you are.

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

           


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