Br. Jerome: Reflection on the Holy Rule. Oct 13
Linda, who we prayed for earlier is slowly on the mend and will have
her chemo shunt removed on Monday, 15 October; prayers please for
her continued healing. Bruce continues to struggle with his chemo
and is in need of our prayers
Please pray for Richard Thomas, a gifted musician and sound
technician. Depressed for years, he hanged himself in his parent's
garage. Prayers for his distraught and grieving family and friends.
Please pray for the happy death and repose of Fr. Bartholomew
Gottemoller, died Sunday evening after suffering for a few years
from Parkinson's. He was the senior monk at the Abbey of the Holy
Trinity, a Cistercian monastery in Huntsville, Utah.
Please pray for a young girl who is possibly suicidal and has run
away and is missing in the mountains.
Deo Gratias! for:
Suheil and Orit in Jerusalem, for whom we prayed, have been
delivered of a fine, healthy baby boy.Deo gratias for:
Kelly and family sold house in Lexington, and if all goes well will
move into a lovely large home in Harvard, MA --pending closing of
Maureen (NYC) job improvement--a nice raise and more responsibility.
Mary Kate and Ryan--healing in their relationship progressing.
Please pray for the following:
Norma's brother-in-law, Homer, dropped dead while on vacation in
Hawaii. Please pray for him and his wife, Agnes.
Carol's son-in-law, Rod, is fighting recurrent melanoma. We prayed
for his young granddaughter, Jaden, about 2 years ago when she was
dying from inoperable cancer. Now Jadan's sister, Jennifer, has a
brain tumor, and Jennifer's husband, Clint, just had emergency
surgery for a ruptured appendix. Also, please pray for Carol's
brother, John, who died recently.
Doris, starting chemotherapy for recurrent cancer.
David, hospitalized in Wisconsin for congestive heart failure, and
for Ruth, who requests the prayers.
Also for Julie, on extended bed rest in an effort to bypass spinal
+Please pray that Divine Mercy will shine upon all those who have
taken their own lives. +
Please pray for all those whose prayer requests were not able to be
posted for whatever reason. God is outside of time and our prayers
are never, ever late. 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
Until the return of our good Brother Jerome please bless me with
your prayer requests at:
Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time
Feb 12 -- June 13 -- Oct 13
From Easter until the Calends of November let the same number of
Psalms be kept as prescribed above; but no lessons are to be read
from the book, on account of the shortness of the nights. Instead
of those three lessons let one lesson from the Old Testament be
said by heart and followed by a short responsory. But all the rest
should be done as has been said; that is to say that never fewer
than twelve Psalms should be said at the Night Office,
not counting Psalm 3 and Psalm 94.
The rhythm here is pure agriculture, not liturgy: when the sun
rises sooner, so do the farm chores, which have no human seasonal
clocks to tell them otherwise! Critters have to be cared for,
milked and pastured according to their clocks, not ours. The upshot
of this is
that, for nearly 1,500 years, until the late 1960's, Benedictines
followed the Holy Rule's advice and said Matins differently in the
summer and winter, even in the cities. (It is worthy of note that,
at least in the U.S., agricultural enterprises were being abandoned
at about the same time as no longer economically feasible in many
Put another spin on this and you will find, especially if you are
an Oblate, that St. Benedict intends at least some aspects of his
monastic program to adapt themselves to the environment in which
the monastic lives. Do no wear yourself out trying to make the very
square peg of a relentless monastic life fit into the intractably
round hole of a life in the world. Don't try to make your kids (or
spouse!) understand that you are going to be monastic, no matter
what they are or aren't. For one thing, if you in any way diminish
primary vocation, like marriage or parenthood, you are not going to
be monastic at all! The key to our struggle is obedience and
humility, not control of others.
Love and prayers,