How I wish you could all be here today! Palm Sunday is one of my
favorites here. We bless the palms in the Sisters' house and then
process to the Church, chanting away. Awesome! I will be praying for
Prayers, please, for a couple divorcing. Terribly messy and one
spouse does not want the divorce. God's will be done! Thanks. NRN JL
April 13, August 13, December 13
Chapter 59: On the Sons of Nobles and of the Poor Who Are Offered
If anyone of the nobility
offers his son to God in the monastery
and the boy is very young,
let his parents draw up the document which we mentioned above;
and at the oblation
let them wrap the document itself and the boy's hand in the altar
That is how they offer him.
As regards their property,
they shall promise in the same petition under oath
that they will never of themselves, or through an intermediary,
or in any way whatever,
give him anything
or provide him with the opportunity of owning anything.
if they are unwilling to do this,
and if they want to offer something as an alms to the monastery
for their advantage,
let them make a donation
of the property they wish to give to the monastery,
reserving the income to themselves if they wish.
And in this way let everything be barred,
so that the boy may have no expectations
whereby (which God forbid) he might be deceived and ruined,
as we have learned by experience.
Let those who are less well-to-do make a similar offering.
But those who have nothing at all
shall simply draw up the document
and offer their son before witnesses at the oblation.
This is the chapter that allows us to have (and be!) Oblates. How
different would all of our lives be if this chapter had never been
Reflect a moment on how rich your life WOULDN'T be is you had no
Benedictine family, on whom you would not know, on what you would
have missed. For starters, many of us would not be on at least a
couple of the forums this appears on- they wouldn't exist! Our
wonderful fraternity in cyberspace would perhaps have never happened
We all owe a great, great deal to St. Benedict and to his sons and
daughters. Let us pray for our Benedictine family and give thanks,
deep thanks for the gift we have all received!
Love and prayers,
jeromeleo@... St. Mary's Monastery Petersham, MA