Br. Jerome: Reflection on the Holy Rule. Oct 18
Update on the little girl missing in the forest. Although she's
still missing, there is some indication that she made it out of the
forest and is probably being sheltered by a friend.
Please pray for Bob, Ann Marie's husband and the loss of his sight.
Increasing difficulty and mental anguish. For the family and all
their needs. Also, that the Holy Spirit will shower His gifts on the
ACT Conference next week.
Please pray that Tonia would return to her faith and that God would
heal that broken family.
Please pray for Amy, struggling with anorexia, that she will find
the help to kick this once and for all and regain health, for all
those suffering from anorexia and other eating disorders and for
God's appointed medical health providers.
Please pray for Wyatt, a 10 year old boy who has been bounced back
and forth between separated parents since birth. He is now forced
to live with his Grandmother who is too old to care for him. Pray
for the whole family and that Wyatt and his two sisters are
+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:
February 17, June 18, October 18
Chapter 14: How the Night Office Is to Be Said on the Feasts of the
On the feasts of Saints and on all festivals let the Office be
performed as we have prescribed for Sundays, except that the
Psalms, the antiphons and the lessons belonging to that particular
day are to be said. Their number, however, shall remain as we have
Every love life needs a bit of variety now and then, even the
monogamous ones, even the celibate ones, and, let us face it, our
prayer is (or ought to be!) a love life. Without marking certain
days as special, our Office would quickly become a bland and tedious
On the other hand, mark too much as special and people soon get
worn out. Variety itself becomes boring and a chore. What sane
married couple would insist on spending every night in a different
motel? One or both would quickly tire of that and it would destroy
the very freshness and unity it was aiming to protect.
Having lived in a monastery for part of the 1960's and 70's where
the liturgy became the sad equivalent of a revolving door, changing
often and not often well, I can speak from experience. It became
dreadful to wonder what would happen next. It pulled out the
necessary underpinnings of a certain stability and changelessness
that a Benedictine life of prayer requires.
Ah, but in the quest for simplicity carried to unfortunate
extremes, it did, at times, become UTTERLY changeless. Same old
same old, every single day with nothing different but the prayer at
the end, if that. ("Oh boy, it must be Tuesday again....!") No
antiphons, just psalms and canticles. No music other than the hymn,
same seven each week for each hour, a few good, many bad.... No
Glory be between Psalms, just one at the end. It was dull and gave
even more of an impression of "let's just get this over with" than
the old Office did at its very worst. One often wondered why we
still bothered to go to choir.
A balance between variety and stability is where the virtue truly
lies. I have never heard anyone complain about singing or saying
the same unchanging parts of the Mass every day, because they are
set in the midst of elements that DO change every day. The same
must be true of the Office to a certain extent. When SO much changes
at feasts that one longs and pines for a weekday with one book and
NOTHING special, that balance has been missed. On the other hand,
the changeless mundane misses the balance as well. One should never
have to come out of a "simple" Office and think quietly: "Wow, that
dumb...." (But I often have.)
St. Benedict built the necessary change right into his Office for
monasteries. Ignore his bottom line or extend it unduly and you get
into trouble. In this instance, as in so many, he was far wiser
than we are, than people of any age are.
Love and prayers,