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Holy Rule for Mar. 26

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  • Br. Jerome Leo
    +PAX Prayers for Dunstan (once known of old on MonasticLife list as Dunmoose the Ageless. ) Wednesday he begins his postulancy at Christ in the Desert Abbey,
    Message 1 of 7 , Mar 25, 2008
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      Prayers for Dunstan (once known of old on MonasticLife list as "Dunmoose the Ageless.") Wednesday he begins his postulancy at Christ in the Desert Abbey, New Mexico. He has had a long road to his vocation and overcome many obstacles which only God's grace could have removed for him in quite the way He did. Pray that he persevere according to God's will!

      Continued prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of J. and of Eva, also for Dave, Eva's son, and all their family. 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 26, July 26, November 25
      Chapter 46: On Those Who Fail in Any Other Matters

      When anyone is engaged in any sort of work,
      whether in the kitchen, in the cellar, in a shop,
      in the bakery, in the garden, while working at some craft,
      or in any other place,
      and she commits some fault,
      or breaks something, or loses something,
      or transgresses in any other way whatsoever,
      if she does not come immediately
      before the Abbess and the community
      of her own accord
      to make satisfaction and confess her fault,
      then when it becomes known through another,
      let her be subjected to a more severe correction.

      But if the sin-sickness of the soul is a hidden one,
      let her reveal it only to the Abbess or to a spiritual mother,
      who knows how to cure her own and others' wounds
      without exposing them and making them public.

      REFLECTION

      I can hear parents relating to this one! "When you break something,
      why don't you tell me? Don't just hide the pieces and say nothing."
      Well, truthfully, sometimes people may have been afraid to ask us
      because of ways we have reacted before, but that's not always so. As
      guest master, I can assure you that many adults have very adolescent
      habits when it comes to breaking something, even though they have
      never had any dealings with me on the matter before. Nothing is said,
      the damage is hidden and I find out a lot later.

      That's too bad, because I really like to give a monastic witness to
      the value of people before things and a broken plate or glass or
      toilet is a great way to do that. When people do come to me, always
      apologetic, and often quite sheepish as well, I say something
      like: "Oh, that's OK! We can always get another pitcher, but we can
      never get another you! People before things!"

      People before things. That is so crucial to remember, because all of
      us have lived in a very materialist world. For people of our times,
      some of the Holy Rule's insistence that we be careful of the earthly
      goods of monastery or home must be carefully balanced. Otherwise, we
      run into the trap of becoming monastic materialists, quite a
      contradiction in terms, to say the least.

      Yes, we must be careful of things, but we must always keep uppermost
      in our minds that the greatest treasures or family or monastery or workplace
      are the members themselves. If frugality becomes stinginess, if conservation
      breaks charity, we are way, way off the mark.

      There's another little gem here, right at the end. Not everyone in
      the group needs to know all your details all the time, but letting no
      one at all know is equally foolish. A balance must be obtained here,
      as in all things.

      Knowing whom to tell what to is a delicate art of paying very close
      attention to reality of the other person. Such attentiveness to another is
      an exquisite exercise of personalism, a trait we should all desire! Some
      people may not be trustworthy, others may not profit from knowing for
      other reasons, like distress or worry or even scandal. Weigh those
      considerations very, very carefully.

      Being HIV+ has given me a bit of experience in this last regard.
      There are those, I know, who think it imprudent to be as candid as I
      am about my antibody status. However, I choose the candor for very
      valid reasons and I do not apply them in every situation, with every
      person I meet. Can't do that. Wouldn't be good for them or for me.
      Might be sometime, isn't just yet.

      This is very different thing from being secretive or closety. I need- we
      all need- to weigh our audience. That's mindfulness of others. Some
      weigh things far too cautiously. My experience has shown me that, while
      being bold can be scary, it also call forth things from people that neither I
      nor sometimes they knew they had going for them! Sometimes our candor can
      bring out the best in all of us, or at least in most of us, and those
      are the times to forge ahead!

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
      Petersham, MA









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    • Br. Jerome Leo
      +PAX Continued prayers for Sr. Mary Paula s health, and for Sr. Mary Emmanuel s Mom and her health and for Sr. Mary Emmanuel and all their families. Prayers
      Message 2 of 7 , Mar 25, 2016
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        Continued prayers for Sr. Mary Paula's health, and for Sr. Mary Emmanuel's
        Mom and her health and for Sr. Mary Emmanuel and all their families.



        Prayers for the repose of the soul of Katie, a young mother; and prayers
        for all of her surviving family , parents, 6 siblings, her daughter and for
        all who mourn her.



        Prayers for Pamela, going through several diagnostic tests.



        Prayers for the eternal rest of Augustinian of the Assumption Father Vincent
        Machozi Karunzu, 51, who was murdered March 21 by armed militants in the
        North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prayers, too, for
        his family, Community, parishioners and all who mourn him.



        Prayers for Ruth, who is having brain surgery April 6th, to remove a
        non-malignant tumor that is slowly blinding her, followed by 5-7 days of
        hospitalization.



        Prayers for Dan, a Catholic who is moving closer to God. May the Lord fill
        him with many graces. Prayers, too, for Seamus, to whom Dan has been a
        mentor.



        Prayers for Sara E., for whom we prayed when she was the caregiver for
        elderly parents who passed away this year. She now needs to find a full time
        job, preferably in her profession, by July, when she will also have to move
        out of her late parents' home. Also, for her to return to the Church.

        Prayers please for E, for greater faith in God's Mercy and patience in
        tribulation. She is very anxious over a family situation right now, one
        which really requires perseverance in prayer, and St. Therese's little way--
        trust in the Good God and self-surrender, which she is finding are very hard
        to do. Also, patience for her family, and especially her son, when her
        difficult daughter comes to spend Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday with them.


        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 26, July 26, November 25
        Chapter 46: On Those Who Fail in Any Other Matters

        When anyone is engaged in any sort of work,
        whether in the kitchen, in the cellar, in a shop,
        in the bakery, in the garden, while working at some craft,
        or in any other place,
        and she commits some fault,
        or breaks something, or loses something,
        or transgresses in any other way whatsoever,
        if she does not come immediately
        before the Abbess and the community
        of her own accord
        to make satisfaction and confess her fault,
        then when it becomes known through another,
        let her be subjected to a more severe correction.

        But if the sin-sickness of the soul is a hidden one,
        let her reveal it only to the Abbess or to a spiritual mother,
        who knows how to cure her own and others' wounds
        without exposing them and making them public.

        REFLECTION

        I can hear parents relating to this one! "When you break something,
        why don't you tell me? Don't just hide the pieces and say nothing."
        Well, truthfully, sometimes people may have been afraid to ask us
        because of ways we have reacted before, but that's not always so. As
        former guest master, I can assure you that many adults have very adolescent
        habits when it comes to breaking something, even though they
        never had any dealings with me on the matter before. Nothing is said,
        the damage is hidden and I'd find out a lot later.

        That's too bad, because I really like to give a monastic witness to
        the value of people before things and a broken plate or glass or
        toilet is a great way to do that. When people do come to me, always
        apologetic, and often quite sheepish as well, I say something
        like: "Oh, that's OK! We can always get another pitcher, but we can
        never get another you! People before things!"

        People before things. That is so crucial to remember, because all of
        us have lived in a very materialist world. For people of our times,
        some of the Holy Rule's insistence that we be careful of the earthly
        goods of monastery or home must be carefully balanced. Otherwise, we
        run into the trap of becoming monastic materialists, quite a
        contradiction in terms, to say the least.

        Yes, we must be careful of things, but we must always keep uppermost
        in our minds that the greatest treasures or family or monastery or workplace
        are the members themselves. If frugality becomes stinginess, if conservation
        breaks charity, we are way, way off the mark.

        There's another little gem here, right at the end. Not everyone in
        the group needs to know all your details all the time, but letting no
        one at all know is equally foolish. A balance must be obtained here,
        as in all things.

        Knowing whom to tell what to is a delicate art of paying very close
        attention to reality of the other person. Such attentiveness to another is
        an exquisite exercise of personalism, a trait we should all desire! Some
        people may not be trustworthy, others may not profit from knowing for
        other reasons, like distress or worry or even scandal. Weigh those
        considerations very, very carefully.


        Love and prayers,
        Jerome, OSB
        http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
        Petersham, MA















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      • russophile2002
        +PAX Prayers for the eternal rest of Susan, who died after a year-long battle with cancer, and for her family and all who mourn her. Prayers for Pam, terminal
        Message 3 of 7 , Mar 25

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          Prayers for the eternal rest of Susan, who died after a year-long battle with cancer, and for her family and all who mourn her.

           

          Prayers for Pam, terminal cancer, for her happy death and for all her family and all who will mourn her.

           

          Prayers for Chuck, admitted to Hospice, for his happy death and his family and all who will mourn him.

           

          Prayers for Peter, 84, who was diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer. After scans and tests it has hopefully been removed.  He has to go back in 4 weeks for another procedure to make sure all is well. Prayers for a quick and successful outcome. Prayers, too, for his wife and son.

           

          Prayers for the happy death of Ed, and for his wife, Edith, and all his family and all who will mourn him, especially RoseAnn, who asked for prayers for him.

           

          Prayers for Carolyn, having a difficult time just now.

           

          Prayers for Paul and his sister. After teaching in Catholic schools for 40 years, her current position as a reading specialist has been eliminated. Single and 62, she is angry, fearful and at wit's end as to what comes next. Pray for Paul too, that he can adequately give her the support she needs during this crisis.

           

          Deo gratias and prayers of thanks, Lucy’s son is doing better and her spiritual director connected with her.

           

          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 26, July 26, November 25
          Chapter 46: On Those Who Fail in Any Other Matters

          When anyone is engaged in any sort of work,
          whether in the kitchen, in the cellar, in a shop,
          in the bakery, in the garden, while working at some craft,
          or in any other place,
          and she commits some fault,
          or breaks something, or loses something,
          or transgresses in any other way whatsoever,
          if she does not come immediately
          before the Abbess and the community
          of her own accord
          to make satisfaction and confess her fault,
          then when it becomes known through another,
          let her be subjected to a more severe correction.

          But if the sin-sickness of the soul is a hidden one,
          let her reveal it only to the Abbess or to a spiritual mother,
          who knows how to cure her own and others' wounds
          without exposing them and making them public.

          REFLECTION

          I can hear parents relating to this one! "When you break something,
          why don't you tell me? Don't just hide the pieces and say nothing."
          Well, truthfully, sometimes people may have been afraid to ask us
          because of ways we have reacted before, but that's not always so. As
          former guest master, I can assure you that some adults have very adolescent
          habits when it comes to breaking something, even though they
          never had any dealings with me on the matter before. Nothing is said,
          the damage is hidden and I'd find out a lot later.

          That's too bad, because I really like to give a monastic witness to
          the value of people before things and a broken plate or glass or
          toilet is a great way to do that. When people do come to me, always
          apologetic, and often quite sheepish as well, I say something
          like: "Oh, that's OK! We can always get another pitcher, but we can
          never get another you! People before things!"

          People before things. That is so crucial to remember, because all of
          us have lived in a very materialist world. For people of our times,
          some of the Holy Rule's insistence that we be careful of the earthly
          goods of monastery or home must be carefully balanced. Otherwise, we
          run into the trap of becoming monastic materialists, quite a
          contradiction in terms, to say the least.

          Yes, we must be careful of things, but we must always keep uppermost
          in our minds that the greatest treasures or family or monastery or workplace
          are the members themselves. If frugality becomes stinginess, if conservation
          breaks charity, we are way, way off the mark.

          There's another little gem here, right at the end. Not everyone in
          the group needs to know all your details all the time, but letting no
          one at all know is equally foolish. A balance must be obtained here,
          as in all things.

          Knowing whom to tell what to is a delicate art of paying very close
          attention to reality of the other person. Such attentiveness to another is
          an exquisite exercise of personalism, a trait we should all desire! Some
          people may not be trustworthy, others may not profit from knowing for
          other reasons, like distress or worry or even scandal. Weigh those
          considerations very, very carefully.


          Love and prayers,
          Jerome, OSB
          http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
          Petersham, MA

           

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