Holy Rule for Mar. 7
Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of Bob, 73, who died suddenly, also for his wife, Mary, sister, Pam, and his sons and grandchildren.
Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical well-being of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Faith, 30's, just diagnosed with 2 forms of breast cancer and undergoing double mastecomy and chemo. She asks for intentions to offer up her sufferings so that "they won't be wasted". Already, her sister for whom she has prayed for YEARS as returned to the practice of the Faith, Deo gratias!
Mike, severe stomach pain and may be facing some serious problems that will require surgery. He is in a bad financial situation, which only adds to his worries, and has fallen away from the Church, in quite a messed up state of life and needs prayers on a lot of different levels.
Pat, pain and some loss of movement in her right
hand, possibly as a result of breast cancer surgery several years ago.
June's beloved feline companion of 17 years, Cleopatra, has cancer and
has been given only until the end of April to live. She is quite
devastated and depressed by this news.
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
March 7, July 7, November 6
Chapter 30: How Boys Are to Be Corrected
Every age and degree of understanding
should have its proper measure of discipline.
With regard to boys and adolescents, therefore,
or those who cannot understand the seriousness
of the penalty of excommunication,
whenever such as these are delinquent
let them be subjected to severe fasts
or brought to terms by harsh beatings,
that they may be cured.
While I often suffer from the loneliness of being single, I never,
ever regret the fact that I am childless. Quite the reverse! I always
find myself deeply grateful that I have not had to face the challenge
of raising children. I have the deepest respect for those who do.
Having taught for a while, I know all too well how daunting it can
be, even just part-time in the classroom.
I also know from teaching that, while we did not use corporal
punishment at all, there were a few rare times when I wished that we
could. There were some children that I felt that possibly nothing else
could reach. I also know that was something of a cop-out on my part
to even entertain such thoughts. At the end of one's rope, all manner
of drastic things pop into one's head. I am in no way sure that any
use of violence doesn't just breed more violence, in fact, it probably
does. Change effected only by fear is not usually lasting or good.
Faced with such a problem, I don't know what one does,
other than hope and pray, literally, that the child will improve.
Praying, we must always recall *IS* doing something, not mere passivity!
I can assure you that, just as there are deeply toxic adults, there
are, alas, toxic children, too. I know. I have taught them. I don't
mean that we should stoop to violence, but how does one reach such a
child? I have never been able to answer that.
We are social primates. We have a cross and burden to bear for our
elevation above the rest of the primate world, a responsibility. For
a baboon troop, this is a no-brainer: drive the loser out of the
troop. After that, the next stop is the Lions' Pride Cafe and one
becomes an entree. Tempting as that kind of abdication may be, it is
something to which we can never resort.
I think we need to cling to the Benedictine model in such situations:
punish only to reform, not for revenge, not to destroy; punish
appropriately, moderately in ways that will be understood and that
fit the offense justly. When all that fails (and even before, while
we're watching it fail slowly!) PRAY, PRAY, PRAY! To pray is NOT to do
nothing. And it is often the only tool we have.
Love and prayers,
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