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Holy Rule for June 29

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  • Br. Jerome Leo
    +PAX A blessed Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul to all, blessings on all celebrating their name day today! Prayers for Nikki and her husband, Bobby, as they
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 28, 2007
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      A blessed Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul to all, blessings on all celebrating their name day today!

      Prayers for Nikki and her husband, Bobby, as they go to court next week to finalize his adoption of her two daughters from a previous marriage. The floods in England may subside and further rains not worsen matters.

      Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of the following, for their families and all who mourn them:

      Br. Linus, OSB, 59, of St. John's, Collegeville.

      Jerry, killed in a car accident, leaves a wife and two sons, 10 and 13.

      A clergyperson who tragically committed suicide.

      Prayers, please, for the spiritual, physical and mental health of the following, for their families and all those who care for or treat them:

      Charles, triple bypass surgery today, very sick.

      A baby who has had a heart transplant, especially for her worried parents.

      Jan, stressed out worrying, fear of failure, troubled perhaps by perfectionism.

      Ann, very overwrought and stressed at her workplace.

      Dot, whose mastectomy we prayed for, serious nausea and a very fitful night are keeping her in the hospital longer.

      Carol, terribly stressed by having to organize a family move alone to another country, and for her military husband who can't be there to help and for their kids. May they all pitch in as best they can! And may God supply all!

      Fr. Kevin, diagnosed with breast cancer. (Yes, men can have it, too.) Hopefully treatment will be successful without surgery.

      A son, possibly on drugs, and his worried parents, who have many health and life issues of their own, and now this.

      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 28, June 29, October 29
      Chapter 22: How the Sisters Are to Sleep

      Let each one sleep in a separate bed.
      Let them receive bedding suitable to their manner of life,
      according to the Abbess's directions.
      If possible let all sleep in one place;
      but if the number does not allow this,
      let them take their rest by tens or twenties
      with the seniors who have charge of them.


      A candle shall be kept burning in the room until morning.


      Let them sleep clothed and girded with belts or cords --
      but not with their knives at their sides,
      lest they cut themselves in their sleep --
      and thus be always ready to rise without delay
      when the signal is given
      and hasten to be before one another at the Work of God,
      yet with all gravity and decorum.


      The younger shall not have beds next to one another,
      but among those of the older ones.


      When they rise for the Work of God
      let them gently encourage one another,
      that the drowsy may have no excuse.

      REFLECTION

      Hastening "yet will all gravity and decorum" has prompted many a
      community joke, many a wry comment as one ran most ungracefully,
      parts of the habit flapping wildly in the breeze, to whatever the
      bell was about to make one late for! St. Benedict far antedates the
      Three Stooges, but he still took precautions to ensure that we would
      not look EXACTLY like Moe, Larry and Curly when we went to choir or
      dinner! Admittedly, some of our human tendency still arises to give a
      partial glimpse of that comedic trio, but, as always, the picture is
      balanced!

      The idea of sexual temptations being thwarted by a lamp burning and
      fully clothed juniors interspersed among seniors has been mentioned,
      but there are also another very pragmatic rationales. First off, the
      young, even in monasteries, tend to giggle. No point in turning grand
      silence into a noisy slumber party! An even more practical reason for
      the lamp may be found in preventing those whom nature calls from sleep
      from tripping all over other beds on their way to answer the call.

      Even more importantly, the elderly may have problems during the
      night if their health is declining. Hale and hearty (and hopefully easily
      awakened!) juniors nearby promise them assistance, if needed. However,
      if you want a humorous take on the knives issue, it may have been to
      prevent mayhem and murder of snorers, an idea which has occurred
      to many light sleepers!

      Of course, dormitory sleeping is a thing of the past in our Order
      today, but its nice to see that thoughtfulness behind its original
      expression in the Holy Rule. There's a bit of the mother in St.
      Benedict, going out of his way to mention a small detail like not
      sleeping with knives. It is worthy of note, however, that St.
      Benedict, as always is MODERATELY maternal, not neurotically so! He
      doesn't get all bent out of shape, but he cares greatly and deeply.

      One of the most beautiful images in this passage is the exhortation
      to "gently encourage one another" at the hour of rising. Remember
      that the strictest silence of all prevailed at this time. Now picture
      the monastics gently encouraging one another! With no words, there
      had to be a lot of touch, a lot of gentle smiles, a lot of warmth and
      care expressed NON-verbally.

      A very good idea of how loving a monastic is can be had by disturbing
      their silence (or sleep, I imagine!!) Is the reaction cross and
      withering? Watch out for that one! Is there a smile, even a warm one,
      a reaction of sweetness? Well, when silence is over, that is a
      monastic to whose words you may want to listen carefully.

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

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    • Br. Jerome Leo
      +PAX Prayers for the eternal rest of Larry, 64, and for all his family and all who mourn him. Prayers for Seth, who had his tonsils and adenoids out, for a
      Message 2 of 6 , Jun 28, 2016
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        Prayers for the eternal rest of Larry, 64, and for all his family and all
        who mourn him.



        Prayers for Seth, who had his tonsils and adenoids out, for a speedy
        recovery and for his parents and family.



        Please pray for Fr. Hilary, OSB, who is in the hospital. He had a surgical
        procedure a week ago Friday and has had some complications.



        Prayers for Father Christopher, on his birthday, graces galore and many
        more, ad multos annos!



        Prayers for a monk who tragically took his own life some years ago, and for
        all who mourn him, likewise prayers for a monk priest who suffered from
        depression and took his own life some years ago, and for those who mourn
        him. It is never too late to pray, may these souls have repented in their
        last moments.



        Please pray for David. He has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He is
        having the cancerous testicle removed soon and will begin chemo. Pray also
        for his wife Mary.



        Prayers for Judy, her leg is not healing and more damage has been found
        around her knee which will require replacement of the joint as well as
        substantial surgery to help begin the healing.



        Continued prayers for the recovery of Police Officer Christopher Dorman, 25,
        shot seven times in the face, neck and shoulder, while on duty. Deo
        gratias, he is home from the hospital.



        Prayers, please, for vocations to St. Mary's Monastery and to all our
        monasteries.



        Prayers for the return of someone to the Church.



        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 28, June 29, October 29
        Chapter 22: How the Sisters Are to Sleep

        Let each one sleep in a separate bed. Let them receive bedding
        suitable to their manner of life, according to the Abbess's
        directions. If possible let all sleep in one place; but if the
        number does not allow this, let them take their rest by tens or
        twenties with the seniors who have charge of them.

        A candle shall be kept burning in the room until morning.

        Let them sleep clothed and girded with belts or cords -- but not
        with their knives at their sides, lest they cut themselves in their
        sleep -- and thus be always ready to rise without delay when the
        signal is given and hasten to be before one another at the Work of
        God, yet with all gravity and decorum.

        The younger shall not have beds next to one another, but among
        those of the older ones.

        When they rise for the Work of God let them gently encourage one
        another, that the drowsy may have no excuse.

        REFLECTION

        Hastening "yet will all gravity and decorum" has prompted many a
        community joke, many a wry comment as one ran most ungracefully,
        parts of the habit flapping wildly in the breeze, to whatever the
        bell was about to make one late for! St. Benedict far antedates the
        Three Stooges, but he still took precautions to ensure that we
        would not look EXACTLY like Moe, Larry and Curly when we went to
        choir or dinner! Admittedly, some of our human tendency still
        arises to give a partial glimpse of that comedic trio, but, as
        always, the picture is
        balanced!

        In the dormitory, the elderly may have problems during the
        night if their health is declining. Hale and hearty (and hopefully
        easily awakened!) juniors nearby promise them assistance, if
        needed. Of course, if you want a humorous take on the knives issue,
        it may have been to prevent mayhem and murder of snorers, an idea
        which has occurred to many light sleepers!

        Dormitory sleeping is a thing of the past in our Order
        today, but its nice to see that thoughtfulness behind its original
        expression in the Holy Rule. There's a bit of the mother in St.
        Benedict, going out of his way to mention a small detail like not
        sleeping with knives. It is worthy of note, however, that St.
        Benedict, as always is MODERATELY maternal, not neurotically so! He
        doesn't get all bent out of shape, but he cares greatly and deeply.

        One of the most beautiful images in this passage is the exhortation
        to "gently encourage one another" at the hour of rising. Remember
        that the strictest silence of all prevailed at this time. Now
        picture the monastics gently encouraging one another! With no
        words, there had to be a lot tapping, a lot of gentle smiles, a lot of
        warmth
        and care expressed NON-verbally.

        A very good idea of how loving a monastic is can be had by
        disturbing their silence (or sleep, I imagine!!) Is the reaction
        cross and withering? Watch out for that one! Is there a smile, even
        a warm one, a reaction of sweetness? Well, when silence is over,
        that is a monastic to whose words you may want to listen carefully.


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



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      • Br. Jerome Leo
        +PAX Continued prayers for Fr. Miguel Angel, whom we prayed for last month when he was attacked and stabbed. He has just been moved from ICU to Intermediate
        Message 3 of 6 , Jun 28

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          Continued prayers for Fr. Miguel Angel, whom we prayed for last month when he was attacked and stabbed. He has just been moved from ICU to Intermediate care. Many prayers still needed, and for his family and for the conversion and repentance of his attacker.

           

          Prayers for a monk-priest who is struggling with burnout and psychological anguish, and for his time away to be healing.

           

          Prayers for Scott, who is seeking an encore career for the second half of life that will allow him to use his skills as a lawyer and lobbyist to serve the underprivileged, especially poor children.

           

          Prayers for Shirley J., an elderly mother who has had a stroke. Her prognosis is not known yet, as there is a queue for the MRI machine.

           

          Prayers for 3 women in transitional living housing. Between them they have 14 children, ages from 9 mos. to 18 yrs.  S. is  in recovery from heroin addiction.   J. suffers from severe depression and has been suicidal in past.  JN. has compulsive issues  and a disabled child of 2 years who is not yet walking.  Prayers, too, for Sharon and her ministry to these women.

           

          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 28, June 29, October 29
          Chapter 22: How the Sisters Are to Sleep

          Let each one sleep in a separate bed. Let them receive bedding
          suitable to their manner of life, according to the Abbess's
          directions. If possible let all sleep in one place; but if the
          number does not allow this, let them take their rest by tens or
          twenties with the seniors who have charge of them.

          A candle shall be kept burning in the room until morning.

          Let them sleep clothed and girded with belts or cords -- but not
          with their knives at their sides, lest they cut themselves in their
          sleep -- and thus be always ready to rise without delay when the
          signal is given and hasten to be before one another at the Work of
          God, yet with all gravity and decorum.

          The younger shall not have beds next to one another, but among
          those of the older ones.

          When they rise for the Work of God let them gently encourage one
          another, that the drowsy may have no excuse.

          REFLECTION

          Hastening "yet will all gravity and decorum" has prompted many a
          community joke, many a wry comment as one ran most ungracefully,
          parts of the habit flapping wildly in the breeze, to whatever the
          bell was about to make one late for! St. Benedict far antedates the
          Three Stooges, but he still took precautions to ensure that we
          would not look EXACTLY like Moe, Larry and Curly when we went to
          choir or dinner! Admittedly, some of our human tendency still
          arises to give a partial glimpse of that comedic trio, but, as
          always, the picture is balanced!

          In the dormitory, the elderly may have problems during the
          night if their health is declining. Hale and hearty (and hopefully
          easily awakened!) juniors nearby promise them assistance, if
          needed. Of course, if you want a humorous take on the knives issue,
          it may have been to prevent mayhem and murder of snorers, an idea
          which has occurred to many light sleepers!

          Dormitory sleeping is a thing of the past in our Order
          today, but its nice to see that thoughtfulness behind its original
          expression in the Holy Rule. There's a bit of the mother in St.
          Benedict, going out of his way to mention a small detail like not
          sleeping with knives. It is worthy of note, however, that St.
          Benedict, as always is MODERATELY maternal, not neurotically so! He
          doesn't get all bent out of shape, but he cares greatly and deeply.

          One of the most beautiful images in this passage is the exhortation
          to "gently encourage one another" at the hour of rising. Remember
          that the strictest silence of all prevailed at this time. Now
          picture the monastics gently encouraging one another! With no
          words, there had to be a lot tapping, a lot of gentle smiles, a lot of
          warmth and care expressed NON-verbally.

          A very good idea of how loving a monastic is can be had by
          disturbing their silence (or sleep, I imagine!!) Is the reaction
          cross and withering? Watch out for that one! Is there a smile, even
          a warm one, a reaction of sweetness? Well, when silence is over,
          that is a monastic to whose words you may want to listen carefully.


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

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