Holy Rule for Feb. 17
I will be gone most of Saturday at Sr. Julian's Mom's funeral. Please pray for her and all their family. Since I will be leaving early in the morning, I am sending Sunday's Holy Rule out today. JL
Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Fran, 54, who will undergo surgery on Wed. 2/20.
Ben, who will marry soon by interfaith minister. Prayers that he marries in the Church as a sacrament.
Mercedecado, 50, for his multiple health problems, diabetes and heart ailments worsening
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 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 specified above.
Check out the sickening glut of consumerist advertising that attends
the approach (even the very remote approach!) of Christmas,
Valentine's Day, or any other holiday whose traditions include gift-
giving. Man, the sharks move in for the kill! We can firmly trust the
secular world to promote and protect the days they stand to profit
In fact, in the US, at least, we can count on the greeting card
industry to even increase those special days. Long since bored with
just Mother's Day and Father's Day, now the card industry has now
gone to Grandparents' Day, Secretaries' WEEK, and who knows what is
next. (Not that I don't love Secretaries, I do, but let us be frank, the
greeting card industry had something other than love and gratitude in
There's a truth in all this annoying materialism: those who profit
from a thing must make it special themselves. In other words, we must
use our best efforts to celebrate our own feasts, in our own hearts, for our
spiritual gain, since it is highly unlikely that the holiest feasts for us
(unless one is named Valentine or Patrick!!) are likely to turn up anytime
soon in the scheme of secular promotion.
In our monastery, we celebrate feastdays, not birthdays. This took a
bit of adjusting to, but now my feastday is even more special than my
birthday: it is the one everyone knows about and celebrates and tries
to make special. WE make feastdays special. We profit from them
spiritually and it is up to us to ensure their importance.
Take a hint from this chapter and go out of your way to make your own
special saint's feast or feast of the Lord come alive for you. For
years now I have loved Feb 2, the Presentation of the Lord, or
Candlemas. It has become my favorite feast and I honestly look
forward to it and revel in it. But I had to do that myself, to
nurture the associations with the day and so forth. All of us can
give that gift to ourselves and there's no consumerist madness
involved! Especially in families, this can give the grace of a holy
and joyous celebration that is truly ours, not some whim of the
corporate world or a meaningless secularity.
Love and prayers,
St. Mary's Monastery, Petersham, MA
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