Br. Jerome: Reflection on the Holy Rule. Oct 19
Please pray for Monica, severe reaction to chemo caused dehydration
and nausea. Now she had fallen and broken her hip requiring 4 or 5
day in hospital and rehab afterwards. Please keep the family in your
Please continue prayers for Jane'a Father. His neurosurgeon a blood
thinner. So they gave him 2 shots in the stomach and sent him home.
He sees his chemo oncologist tomorrow to discuss all this. Jane is
deeply concerned about how much more his body can take. Please pray
for the whole family and those who provide medical teatment.
Please pray for a Suffering Woman, her 20 month old daughter, and
Suffering Woman's extended family. She is lost from her faith,
going through divorce, and still suffering from shattering sexual
violence done to her 11 years ago. Prayers that God will guide her
family in how to help her, as she is making some very bad decisions
that will effect the rest of their lives.
Please pray that Drew will be healed from a persistent case of
pneumonia. He has lost much income as a result of this illness
which, in addition to the illness itself, is a source of worry.
Please pray that he may trust the Lord to provide and that he be
Please pray that Wyatt, his sisters and Mom and Dad follow through
with family counselling and that they have a successful outcome.
Pray that Wyatt and the girls are protected from any kind of mental
or physical abuse.
Update on the young girl lost in the forest. She may have been taken
in by friends.
Prayers please for Jan (not Jeanette) who has lung cancer in a big
way now and for her return to her faith.
+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:
+++Our good Brother Jerome has arrived safely at Pluscarden Abbey in
Northern Scotland. Please continue your prayers for a safe journey.
February 18, June 19, October 19
Chapter 15: At What Times "Alleluia" Is to Be Said
From holy Easter until Pentecost without interruption
let "Alleluia" be said both in the Psalms and in the responsories.
From Pentecost to the beginning of Lent let it be said every night
with the last six Psalms of the Night Office only. On every Sunday,
however, outside of Lent, the canticles, the Morning Office, Prime,
Terce, Sext and None shall be said with "Alleluia," but Vespers
The responsories are never to be said with "Alleluia" except from
Easter to Pentecost.
It is not uncommon for me to get posts asking how on earth I can
say "God's will is best." after recounting some litany of horrible
things which have befallen people in need of our prayers. Well, now
I up the ante a bit and add the equivalent of "Alleluia!" , "praise
to each post.
In every instance, even when it is all we can do to choke it out,
gritting our teeth, we must always say Alleluia. God must always be
praised, always, even when we cannot see goodness anywhere else at
all, it *IS* in Him and must be acknowledged. I fully expect
that, before long, new subscribers who have not seen this post will
begin to write and ask me how and who I can say Alleluia after
metastatic cancer and the like. Guess I'll have to save an answer in
We can see here that, in the West, already by St. Benedict's
time, "Alleluia" became a happy word of celebration, the use of
which was proscribed in somber times like Lent. That didn't happen
in the East. They go merrily along with Alleluia, even in the
Lent. There might be a lot more sense to that, actually.
"Alleluia" means "Praise the Lord!" I know we have taken it to mean
something a lot more like "Whoopee!", but it doesn't. I bow to St.
Benedict and Western tradition in the liturgical use. In our
hearts, however, there should be an "Alleluia/praise the Lord" at
and seasons. "Praise the Lord anyhow!" the charismatics used to say
when something dreadful or unlovely happened to one. How true, how
I say this, not as complaint, but simply as information. My own
life, by and large, has not been a happy one. I have not had the
crosses of many, but I have had heavy, tailor-made ones of my own.
Getting HIV two years before I became a monk comes to mind, as does
living with it for nearly 17 years. So does depression, which just
about equals it, and I was depressed LONG before I had HIV.
I was not always very graceful about that, nor about many a
heartbreak, but I do know and I can honestly say that God's will HAS
been best, always best. My 20/20 hindsight must, though grudgingly
at times, fully own that Alleluia was appropriate at every point,
in every instance.
Saying that does not mean that I can no longer be terrified at this
or that prospect. I can. We all can. Jesus was in Gethsemane. It is
a very human fear, and God finds our humanity, in which He sees His
Son, very fetching. So don't freak out if you still get scared, it
and parcel of our human condition. But even then, we must train
ourselves to praise!
In every heartbreak, in every despair, in every grief we must
ardently cling to our faith that God is merciful and good. We must
see that when we feel unable to see it. We must, by faith and sheer
will, affirm that the Lord must be praised at all times. He is not
mean. Whatever is bleak shall never, ever lack His tender,
caressing hand behind it, no matter how unseen to us. It is there.
He is there. Always! Praise the Lord! ALLELUIA!
Love and prayers,