Holy Rule for Feb. 19
Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the folloiwng, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Noella, special intention.
Denise, spinal epidural on Wednesday for recurrent back pain after a fusion 10 years ago.
Marie, prevented for a time (hopefully temporary, ) for her seven weekly hours in a perpetual adoration program at her parish by multiple health issues. May she return, should God will!
Karen, 59, survived recurrent bouts of cancers since 1993, now seriously ill with leukemia from the radiation over all those years. Bone marrow transplant will be done, but her age makes her survival rate on 25%. Prayers for her good friend, Geni, who asked.
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 19, June 20, October 20
Chapter 16: How the Work of God Is to Be Performed During the Day
"Seven times in the day," says the Prophet,
"I have rendered praise to You" (Ps. 118:164).
Now that sacred number of seven will be fulfilled by us
if we perform the Offices of our service
at the time of the Morning Office,
of Prime, of Terce, of Sext, of None,
of Vespers and of Compline,
since it was of these day Hours that he said,
"Seven times in the day I have rendered praise to You."
For as to the Night Office the same Prophet says,
"In the middle of the night I arose to glorify You" (Ps. 118:62).
Let us therefore bring our tribute of praise to our Creator
"for the judgments of His justice" (Ps. 118:164)
at these times:
the Morning Office, Prime, Terce, Sext, None,
Vespers and Compline;
and in the night let us arise to glorify Him.
Tucked neatly into all this business of naming and counting the Hours
of the Divine Office comes the actual reason we go to choir or say
the Office alone. It is "our tribute of praise to our Creator 'for
the judgments of His justice' "
OK, tribute, praise, glorify, all those things are familiar enough to
us, but the zinger here is "for the judgments of His justice."
Whoops! A lot fall out on that one! Whether we realize it or not, the
reason we praise God as Benedictine is to thank Him for ALL His
decisions in regard to us. That isn't easy, but it is terribly valid
and terribly necessary.
We thank God- admittedly sometimes with gritted teeth- for all the
things that did and DIDN'T work out the way we wanted them, for every
acceptance and every rejection that brought us to be as we find
ourselves today, in His arms. The jobs we didn't get, the great loves
which were not reciprocal, the course we flunked, the kids that went
wrong, the illness that dogs us, the spouse we should never have gone
out with twice, the unwanted pregnancy, the miscarriage, EVERYTHING
that has shaped our lives and persons is something we thank God for
in the Office.
I mention only the difficult things, because anybody can be thankful
that the apparently GOOD stuff worked out. I am not saying all the
bad stuff is God's fault, or that it's our own fault, but ALL of it
is turned to GOOD by God, and that is worth singing about! All of it!
If we look back honestly, we can see the hand of His goodness in the
darkest times, we can see it in NOT having our way, we can see it in
Since the way God turns all to good is a mystery we shall never know
fully in this life, we cannot adequately say much of anything but
thanks and praise, the stammered joy of someone who has received a
really great gift and is astounded at such generosity. Thanks, God.
And hey, You really DID know what You were doing all along, didn't
Truly, truly, God's will *IS* best! And all is mercy and grace!!!
A final word about the "seven times daily" part. Many regret that they
cannot do the whole Office. Indeed, few Oblates in the world have
lives that can easily accommodate that. Start with small steps. Believe me,
if one just makes a point of recalling Jesus' presence in our hearts
and souls seven times a day, that is a firm and wondrous beginning!
Doesn't take long and fits any schedule. Try it and I think you will see
what I mean, as well as a change in yourself.
Love and prayers,
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