Br. Jerome: Reflection on the Holy Rule. Aug 15
+++ A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed
with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve
stars on her head. +++
Please continue your prayers for the Utah miners. We desperately
need a miracle there.
Please pray for the safe return of the Space Shuttle and all aboard.
Please pray for the people of Hawaii. Although Hurricane Flossie was
downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane Tuesday it stayed on course to
brush the Big Island of Hawaii, after a 5.3 magnitude earthquake
jolted Hawaii during the night.
Loud DEO GRATIAS here! Sherri, whom we prayed for some time ago, has
been declared cured of cancer! Please continue to pray for Bruce,
struggling with chemo, and for Linda and Elizabeth struggling with
radiation and chemo respectively.
Please pray for three young ladies in the same parish who are being
treated for cancer. Tiffany (Lockovich) Ford, Stephanie Hall, and
Melissa Blauch. The
first two are mothers each of a young son.
Another loud Deo Gratias! Nadeem's wife for whom we have prayed had
been diagnosed with Hepatitis. She has been tested again and is
apparently free of any sign of Hepatitis.
Prayers please for Catrina who is undergoing abdominal
investigations for a long standing, but as yet unidentified,
Please pray for all those whose prayer requests are not able to be
posted for whatever reason. God is outside of time and our prayers
are never, ever late. Lord, help us
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
+Please pray that Divine Mercy will shine upon all those who have
taken their own lives.+
Until the return of our good Brother Jerome please bless me with
your prayer requests
April 15, August 15, December 15
Chapter 61: How Pilgrim Monks Are To Be Received
If a pilgrim monastic coming from a distant region wants to live as
a guest of the monastery,
let her be received for as long a time as she desires, provided she
is content with the customs of the place as she finds them and does
not disturb the monastery by superfluous demands, but is simply
content with what she finds. If, however, she censures or points out
anything reasonably and with the humility of charity, let the Abbess
whether perhaps it was for that very purpose that the Lord sent her.
If afterwards she should want to bind herself to stability, her wish
should not be denied her,
especially since there has been opportunity during her stay as a
guest to discover her character.
One of the Desert Fathers (forgive me for not recalling which one,)
said that there is nothing so careful as a monk not living in his
native land. That's very true for most of us, though part two of
this chapter makes it clear that it's not true for everyone. When we
visit, we want people to think the best of the home, the family, the
land from which we came. It is this nobility of striving, this
mindful courtesy that the Desert Father wished to praise. In fact, if
I read it correctly, the implication was that it might even be
better to be a monastic AWAY from one's native land for just those
There is something striking here. Remember how badly the gyrovagues
and Sarabaites were painted in the types of monks? Well, these were
the wandering ones, and St. Benedict knew very well that a pilgrim
monk at the door could be one of these sorts. He doesn't even
mention it. He wants them to have a chance to do better, to be
healed by community. If they blow it, fine, he's not going to lose a
lot of sleep over it, but he does insist they be given a chance to
improve. Given what the monastic world thought of gyrovagues and the
that says a LOT for St. Benedict's tolerance and clemency.
Not all of us are in cloisters, but all of us have doors. The people
who come to those doors may be gyrovagues and Sarabaites, but they
may not, too. We have to give them a chance to prove or reveal
themselves. This is true of anyone we encounter. Snap judgments are
not just unwise, they are forbidden. They can cheat us out of many
Being too much or too little on the side of caution are both traps.
Tread the middle way, always the middle way. Moderation in all
This doesn't mean we have to dupe ourselves into perpetual
vulnerability, but it does mean we have to be open, mindful and
listening, really listening to all comers. Listen first, sift later.
Do both, always both.
Love and prayers,