Holy Rule for Oct. 1
Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who treat or care for them:
A. and a painful family situation, lots of grace needed.
Nancy, mid-80's, hip replacement.
Sabrina, relapse in her drug addiction after some successful time of sobriety, may God fill her life and call er back to himself
Carol, and for her high school students she teaches, many of whom have very tough lives. 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
January 31, June 1, October 1
Chapter 7: On Humility
The third degree of humility is that a person
for love of God
submit himself to his Superior in all obedience,
imitating the Lord, of whom the Apostle says,
"He became obedient even unto death."
Merton once wrote "Love is the the Rule." That's what we can so often
miss. One obeys out of love, love of God. Trust my limited experience
here, please, there is no human being on earth whose tool kit is so
complete that one can joyously follow and obey them without any
reserve or hesitation, not one. On a purely human level, that would be
most unwise. But we are not dealing with a human level here.
We do follow without hesitation, but we do it for love, not for wisdom.
We do it for love, not for taste or class or savoir faire. We do it for love,
not because the superior is brilliant or right or gifted in any way. We
don't do it because of the superior at all, if we are going about things
the right way. Our obedience must be consistent, as must our faith, no
matter who is in charge. We do it for love, for love of God.
Anything less than love of God as a motive will fall flat on its
face, and sooner rather than later! It never takes long. Life itself,
within the cloister or without, is full of so much purblind stupidity
and outright rubbish that nothing else could sustain one other than love
of God. None but God can guarantee one's safety in holiness
in the midst of such a situation. It truly is Him we obey.
When one is younger, one can often play "Father or Mother knows
best." (Superiors who are control freaks may love and encourage this
ploy, even as a life script. Not wise...) That's not the point and it
usually doesn't work for long either.
Mother or Father sometimes quite pointedly know nothing at all. The will
of God comes through to us in spite of them, not because they are
wise or stupid, but because of love, God's love for us and for them. Many,
many people in the church do the will of God for reasons that have nothing
to do with God!
They do it unwittingly, they may even do it cruelly or wrong-headedly, but
that hardly matters. I think there is a mystical point where the love
and will of God for one cannot ultimately be thwarted, where it is
actually advanced by humans who have not a clue what they are doing.
We do it for love, and that love will shield us, regardless, in the
armor of His will and of His infinite Divine Mercy which surrounds us.
Love and prayers,
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