Holy Rule for Apr. 2
NOTE: OWING TO SOME GLITCH IN MY OTHER E MAIL PROGRAM, NONE OF MY REPLIES TO PRAYER INTENTIONS WENT OUT AND I HAVE TOO MANY TO CUT AND PASTE ALL INTO THIS SERVER. HENCE, PLEASE ACCEPT THE APPEARANCE OF THE YOUR INTENTIONS IN THE LIST AS A REPLY. MEA NON CULPA.... JL
Deo gratias for Sr. M. Joseph on her profession.
Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of the following and for all who mourn them:
Eileen, who seems to be nearing death, comatose after a stroke, also that peace will prevail among her 8 children.
Clara, age 98, died peacefully last Wednesday. Her sister-in-law, Michelle, needs prayers, as this was the last tie to her husband who died unexpectedly last November. She is feeling left alone, as seeing Clara was part of her “new normal” life.
Prayers for the spiritual, mental and phsyical health of the following, for all their loved ones and for for all who take care of them:
Karen, who is having surgery for a perforated colon this afternoon. She and her husband Bob are outstanding people and friends to many. In particular, that peritonitis not become an issue!
For GodSpace, the religious bookstore that Claudia started 2 years ago. Business has not increased to anything close to a level to cover overhead. A miracle is needed here.
Ann, feeling blue for a few days after her son's visit ended, and for his safe travel.
Stacey, bipolar and gone missing, her husband and her 8 children are understandably terribly distressed.
Prayers please for Teresa, who has been experiencing anxiety attacks and claustrophobia lately, probably due to meds. she was on.
Prayers for Karen, having gastric bypass surgery on 15 April!
Prayers of conversion for Mo, sexually active and with herpes.
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
April 2, August 2, December 2
Chapter 51: On Brethren Who Go Not Very Far Away
A Brother who is sent out on some business
and is expected to return to the monastery that same day
shall not presume to eat while he is out,
even if he is urgently requested to do so
by any person whomsoever,
unless he has permission from his Abbot.
And if he acts otherwise, let him be excommunicated.
Coming right on the heels of the prescription to say the Office while
away, it is easy to see that these two chapters are not just about
eating and praying. The principle involved here is that one's
monastic commitment does not switch off when one leaves the property.
It is there all the time.
Parents can identify with this readily. Children are not told to
avoid drugs only at home. The moral values that parents try to
instill are a way of life that (hopefully!) will be carried with the
child in every situation. My high school promised that students who
failed our standards AFTER school hours, on the way home, would be
punished. If they were wearing our uniform, they were expected to
reflect a certain standard of behavior.
What St. Benedict is doing is pointing out that monasticism is not
merely a job, a burden one doffs and dons. Monastic life is a
becoming, not a set of standards one only follows when one is closely
watched. The goal of monastic discipline is to make the disciple a
monk more or less by nature. In this respect, it closely resembles
any training: nursing school is designed to make people nurses, law
school to make attorneys, and so forth. The difference is that
monasticism is not a set number of hours per week, it's all the week,
all the life. Just as any nurse in a disaster instantly can shift
into nursing mode, whether on duty or not, the spiritually trained
monastic is operative everywhere, not just in the cloister.
This is a fine and consoling point for Oblates who must live abroad.
Lovely though our monasteries may be, they are not what makes us
monastics. That is something deep within, a cloister of our hearts
that we must learn to carry with us everywhere. Lots of people who
must live in crowded and noisy cities actually do a better job of
this than many monastics who live in rural peace. Take heart! It is
not all about place. It is about heart, always heart. Train and fix
your heart and you will always be fine!
Love and prayers,
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