Holy Rule for Oct. 7
For some reason, the post did not go through to Oblateforum yesterday, I know not why...
Prayers for the Adrian Dominican Sisters on this feast of Our Lady of the
Rosary, their Congregation's patroness, and for all Dominicans on this day
special to them. Prayers for all those who love the Rosary, may their prayers
bring peace to all!
Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of the flollowing, and for all their loved ones:
Javier, for his Mom, Emilia, and for all those walking in the benefit 5km walk today in his memory.
Brian, a police officer illed in a motorcycle accident.
Brian, a high school student killed in a freak car accident.
Prayers for the spiritual, physical and mental health of the following, for all their loved ones and for all who treat or care for them:
C. addiction issues from two different substances, needing to return to the Sacraments.
A young man with a testicular tumor, doctor thinks it will be treatable after surgical removal and for his worried wife.
Prayers of thanksgiving and Deo gratias: Bill's bowel surgery went very well!
Prayers for a woman being stalked by her ex-boyfriend, and for the latter's conversion!
Prayers for a new Mom and her son, difficult delivery and she had a history of miscarriages, but both seem to being doing well, Deo gratias!! 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 6, June 7, October 7
Chapter 7: On Humility
The ninth degree of humility
is that a monk restrain his tongue and keep silence,
not speaking until he is questioned.
For the Scripture shows
that "in much speaking there is no escape from sin" (Prov. 10:19)
and that "the talkative man is not stable on the earth" (Ps. 139:12).
One person can open their mouth with a skunk-at-a-garden-party type
remark and ruin the wonderful day a lot of others are having. One
person can change things for ill, put a damper on everything with
their uncontrolled mouth. Think of the times you have seen this
happen and weigh carefully how many of those remarks could have been
left entirely unspoken. Probably all of them could have been
Now, and hopefully there will not be much of a harvest here, think of
the times YOU have been the skunk in question. Sigh... I know I have.
To my shame, I have even been proud of doing so, thinking it clever
repartee, alas! I also know I have suffered skunks, and knowing how it
felt makes me twice as guilty for inflicting it on others! Beloveds, liter
for the love of God, we must often shut up!
Why do we open our mouths to such discourse? It can only be from
either (God forbid,) a deliberate desire to hurt or from a mistaken
notion that we are vastly closer to being the center of the universe
than others might think! Both are wicked. Humility, that intertwined
wonder, is about silence, too. Love, faith, mercy, trust, obedience,
silence! The higher we go on the ladder of humility the more we
realize how truly central to all holiness it is. Without this ascent
we are less than nothing at all!
Love and prayers,
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