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  • Br. Jerome Leo
    +PAX A blessed feast of Saints Ann and Joachim, blessings and prayers for all who bear their names!! (Though I suspect there are a lot more Anns than Joachims
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 25, 2007
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      A blessed feast of Saints Ann and Joachim, blessings and prayers for all who bear their names!! (Though I suspect there are a lot more Anns than Joachims out there!)

      Deep prayers of Deo gratias and thanksgiving for:

      Dame Andrea, newly elected Abbess of Stanbrook Abbey in England. May God bless her abbatial years with abundant graces for her and all those she leads.

      Jim, whose cataract surgery we prayed for. The procedure went wonderfully well and he can see, his recovery is so quick that a surgery on his other eye is planned soon, so continued prayers. Jim thanks all for the prayers and really attributes his
      wonderful progress to the power of prayer.

      Tom, celebrating 5 wonderful years of sobriety, one day at a time!

      My own joyful reconnection with a family I had lost touch with for 11 years, the Ciampas. God is so good: a postman I met in Burger King today had me talking to my long-lost friend in less than fifteen minutes or so! I had despaired of ever finding them again. God works in VERY wondrous ways....

      Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of the following and for all who mourn them:

      Mary, and especially for her daughter, Irene.

      A young mother of small children who hung herself.

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

      Ann Marie, needing a hip replacement and not ready to go ahead with it yet.

      Someone having a terrible time with grief over a loved one's death.

      Dave, painful back dislocation. 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 26, July 26, November 25
      Chapter 46: On Those Who Fail in Any Other Matters

      When anyone is engaged in any sort of work, whether in the kitchen, in
      the cellar, in a shop, in the bakery, in the garden, while working at
      some craft, or in any other place, and she commits some fault, or breaks
      something, or loses something, or transgresses in any other way
      whatsoever, if she does not come immediately
      before the Abbess and the community of her own accord
      to make satisfaction and confess her fault, then when it becomes known
      through another, let her be subjected to a more severe correction.

      But if the sin-sickness of the soul is a hidden one, let her reveal it
      only to the Abbess or to a spiritual mother, who knows how to cure her
      own and others' wounds without exposing them and making them public.


      REFLECTION

      The Chapter of Faults, wherein monastics confessed public, external
      faults, had become rather silly the way it was practiced before Vatican
      II. I remember, years ago, seeing a glossary list of Latin phrases used
      to describe different faults. As practiced, I'm not sure it was the most
      useful thing in the world at all.

      However, look at the kernel here, important for both monasteries and
      families: communication. What St. Benedict wrote about was not the
      formalized and largely empty ritual that the late 20th century had come
      to know, it was an airing session of sorts. These can be very useful.
      People in any life are often reluctant to open up about what bothers
      them, monastics are often even more so! To provide a structured way and
      time to do so might have given some just the extra distance and
      protection they needed.

      Slights and wrongs and hurts that lie hidden and unexpressed can
      fester into a spreading, malignant growth. Note that the Holy Rule
      bids us never let the sun set on our anger. We have to get the things
      that REALLY bother us out. This hardly means a free for all, that would
      be very contrary to the whole spirit of the Rule, but it does mean that
      genuine differences must be solved in an open and
      respectful and humble way.

      The way for today's community or family may not be to do this all
      together- but then again that might not be all bad, occasionally. At
      any rate and however we do it, St. Benedict asks us to own up to our
      failures and those of others because he knows it is terribly damaging
      not to do so. A important item here is that the all the members must
      feel safe to express themselves. How many kids who were afraid to open
      their mouths to a parent about really serious troubles in their
      relationship are still in therapy years later?

      Whether alone or in a group, when we confess our fault to others, we
      lighten our load. When we honestly and gently tell others that they have
      hurt us or wronged us, we are often surprised to find that they were
      unaware of having done so- no wonder they "kept right on doing it!" We
      can also be wonderfully surprised at the depth of feeling with which
      apologies may be made. Very often the gentle and loving exposure of a
      problem between people gives us remarkable opportunities to show our
      nobler side and to see that side of our brothers and sisters.

      The goal of this is peace, so it must never be done for any other
      motive, for anything less than loving. There is the danger that we
      lose track of the important "difference between the virtue of honesty
      and the vice of brutal frankness" as my friend, Fr. Roger used to say.
      This must never become an accepted arena for getting back at one
      another. The whole purpose here is to end strife, not perpetuate it.

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







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    • Br. Jerome Leo
      +PAX Prayers for all our Anns and Joachims, on their patronal feast, graces galore and many more for the living, eternal rest for the dead. May God bless them
      Message 2 of 5 , Jul 25, 2016
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        Prayers for all our Anns and Joachims, on their patronal feast, graces
        galore and many more for the living, eternal rest for the dead. May God
        bless them all.



        Belated prayers for our Br. Bernard, the anniversary of his solemn
        profession was July 25, many graces and many more years, ad multos annos!



        Prayers for the 80 dead and 230 wounded in the Kabul, Afghanistan bombing
        and for the 9 dead and more than 30 wounded in the Munich shooting. Prayers
        for the eternal rest of the dead, the recovery of the injured, and the
        families of all. Prayers for the conversion and repentance of the attackers,
        too.



        Prayers for the eternal rest of Gwen, who passed away suddenly, and for her
        sister, Patricia, and all their family and all who mourn her.



        Ardent prayers, please, for Father James Ragnoni rushed to the ER with a
        stroke. There is a blood clot on the brain. Surgery hopefully the afternoon.
        Father is in his 80's. Please storm Heaven for his healing!



        Continued prayers for Sharon, surgery revealed a very early stage cancer and
        they think they got it all. She will be having radiation. Prayers for her
        complete healing and recovery from the cancer. Sharon thanks all who prayed
        very much.



        Prayers for Melissa and Jack, special intention.



        Prayers for the eternal rest of Arline, on what would have been her 95th
        birthday, and for Carol and all her fanily and all who mourn her.



        Prayers for all those affected by the wildfires in California, north of Los
        Angeles. More than 18 homes destroyed and about 30,000 acres burned. Prayers
        for the many people and wildlife there.



        Prayers of healing for Janet, hospitalized with nausea and vomiting of such
        a severity that she needed to get IV fluids. The doctors are trying
        different nausea medications and a GI specialist will be performing an
        endoscopy.



        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 26, July 26, November 25
        Chapter 46: On Those Who Fail in Any Other Matters

        When anyone is engaged in any sort of work, whether in the kitchen, in
        the cellar, in a shop, in the bakery, in the garden, while working at
        some craft, or in any other place, and she commits some fault, or breaks
        something, or loses something, or transgresses in any other way
        whatsoever, if she does not come immediately
        before the Abbess and the community of her own accord
        to make satisfaction and confess her fault, then when it becomes known
        through another, let her be subjected to a more severe correction.

        But if the sin-sickness of the soul is a hidden one, let her reveal it
        only to the Abbess or to a spiritual mother, who knows how to cure her
        own and others' wounds without exposing them and making them public.


        REFLECTION

        The Chapter of Faults, wherein monastics confessed public, external
        faults, had become rather routine the way it was practiced before Vatican
        II. I remember, years ago, seeing a glossary list of Latin phrases used
        to describe different faults. As practiced, I'm not sure it was the most
        useful thing in the world at all.

        However, look at the kernel here, important for both monasteries and
        families: communication. What St. Benedict wrote about was not the
        formalized and largely empty ritual that the late 20th century had come
        to know, it was an airing session of sorts. These can be very useful.
        People in any life are often reluctant to open up about what bothers
        them, monastics are often even more so! To provide a structured way and
        time to do so might have given some just the extra distance and
        protection they needed.

        Slights and wrongs and hurts that lie hidden and unexpressed can
        fester into a spreading, malignant growth. Note that the Holy Rule
        bids us never let the sun set on our anger. We have to get the things
        that REALLY bother us out. This hardly means a free for all, that would
        be very contrary to the whole spirit of the Rule, but it does mean that
        genuine differences must be solved in an open and
        respectful and humble way.

        The way for today's community or family may not be to do this all
        together- but then again that might not be all bad, occasionally. At
        any rate and however we do it, St. Benedict asks us to own up to our
        failures and those of others because he knows it is terribly damaging
        not to do so. A important item here is that the all the members must
        feel safe to express themselves. How many kids who were afraid to open
        their mouths to a parent about really serious troubles in their
        relationship are still carrying the load years later?

        Whether alone or in a group, when we confess our fault to others, we
        lighten our load. When we honestly and gently tell others that they have
        hurt us or wronged us, we are often surprised to find that they were
        unaware of having done so- no wonder they "kept right on doing it!" We
        can also be wonderfully surprised at the depth of feeling with which
        apologies may be made. Very often the gentle and loving exposure of a
        problem between people gives us remarkable opportunities to show our
        nobler side and to see that side of our brothers and sisters.

        The goal of this is peace, so it must never be done for any other
        motive, for anything less than loving. There is the danger that we
        lose track of the important "difference between the virtue of honesty
        and the vice of brutal frankness" as my late friend, Fr. Roger used to say.

        (Please say a prayer for his eternal rest.) This must never become an

        accepted arena for getting back at one another. The whole purpose here

        is to end strife, not perpetuate it.

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













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      • russophile2002
        +PAX Prayers for all our Anns and Joachims, on their patronal feast, graces galore and many more for the living, eternal rest for the dead. May God bless them
        Message 3 of 5 , Jul 25, 2017

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          Prayers for all our Anns and Joachims, on their patronal feast, graces galore and many more for the living, eternal rest for the dead. May God
          bless them all. Prayers for Canada, St. Ann is one of the country’s two patrons. (St. Joseph being the other patron.)

          Belated prayers for our Br. Bernard, the anniversary of his solemn profession was July 25, many graces and many more years, ad multos annos!

           

          Prayers for Joshua, having many troubles just now, prayers for all his intentions.

           

          Prayers for the eternal rest of Arline, on what would have been her 96th birthday, and for Carol and all her family and all who mourn her.

           

          Belated birthday prayers for Gunter F., whose birthday as yesterday, graces galore and many more, ad multos annos!

           

          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 26, July 26, November 25
          Chapter 46: On Those Who Fail in Any Other Matters

          When anyone is engaged in any sort of work, whether in the kitchen, in
          the cellar, in a shop, in the bakery, in the garden, while working at
          some craft, or in any other place, and she commits some fault, or breaks
          something, or loses something, or transgresses in any other way
          whatsoever, if she does not come immediately
          before the Abbess and the community of her own accord
          to make satisfaction and confess her fault, then when it becomes known
          through another, let her be subjected to a more severe correction.

          But if the sin-sickness of the soul is a hidden one, let her reveal it
          only to the Abbess or to a spiritual mother, who knows how to cure her
          own and others' wounds without exposing them and making them public.


          REFLECTION

          The Chapter of Faults, wherein monastics confessed public, external
          faults, had become rather routine the way it was practiced before Vatican
          II. I remember, years ago, seeing a glossary list of Latin phrases used
          to describe different faults. As practiced, I'm not sure it was the most
          useful thing in the world at all.

          However, look at the kernel here, important for both monasteries and
          families: communication. What St. Benedict wrote about was not the
          formalized and sometimes empty ritual that the late 20th century had come
          to know, it was an airing session of sorts. These can be very useful.
          People in any life are often reluctant to open up about what bothers
          them, monastics are often even more so! To provide a structured way and
          time to do so might have given some just the extra distance and
          protection they needed.

          Slights and wrongs and hurts that lie hidden and unexpressed can
          fester into a spreading, malignant growth. Note that the Holy Rule
          bids us never let the sun set on our anger. We have to get the things
          that REALLY bother us out. This hardly means a free for all, that would
          be very contrary to the whole spirit of the Rule, but it does mean that
          genuine differences must be solved in an open and
          respectful and humble way.

          The way for today's community or family may not be to do this all
          together- but then again that might not be all bad, occasionally. At
          any rate and however we do it, St. Benedict asks us to own up to our
          failures and those of others because he knows it is terribly damaging
          not to do so. A important item here is that the all the members must
          feel safe to express themselves. How many kids who were afraid to open
          their mouths to a parent about really serious troubles in their
          relationship are still carrying the load years later?

          Whether alone or in a group, when we confess our fault to others, we
          lighten our load. When we honestly and gently tell others that they have
          hurt us or wronged us, we are often surprised to find that they were
          unaware of having done so- no wonder they "kept right on doing it!" We
          can also be wonderfully surprised at the depth of feeling with which
          apologies may be made. Very often the gentle and loving exposure of a
          problem between people gives us remarkable opportunities to show our
          nobler side and to see that side of our brothers and sisters.

          The goal of this is peace, so it must never be done for any other
          motive, for anything less than loving. There is the danger that we
          lose track of the important "difference between the virtue of honesty
          and the vice of brutal frankness" as my late friend, Fr. Roger used to say.
          (Please say a prayer for his eternal rest.) This must never become an
          accepted arena for getting back at one another. The whole purpose here
          is to end strife, not perpetuate it.

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



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