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Holy Rule for May 15

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  • Br. Jerome Leo
    +PAX Deo gratias, the young man whose dissertation we prayed for has completed it in near miraculous time, now prayers for the defense of his dissertation,
    Message 1 of 5 , May 14, 2008
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      Deo gratias, the young man whose dissertation we prayed for has completed it in near miraculous time, now prayers for the defense of his dissertation, probably sometime in autumn.

      Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following and for all who love them and all who take care of them:

      1 newborn - less than 2 pounds - 3 months early - hanging on to life by a thread
      1 newborn - stillborn - for it's parents and extended family
      pastor of a Baptist Church - he and 13 year old son feared killed in plane crash - people are searching
      Kathy who just found out she has
      breast cancer.
      a family who lost their son in a tragic accident this past weekend.
      Paschal, special intention
      S., panic attacks
      Barb, a mother with a degenerative disease called dystonia.

      Andrea, having to make some very hard decisions regarding her job and needs all the guidance she can get. Please pray that God will reveal His Will to her and that she will follow Him without reservation.
      Nancy has some restrictions due to a stroke and heart attack, and her husband, John, has MS.
      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

      January 14, May 15, September 14
      Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

      The Abbess should always remember what she is
      and what she is called,
      and should know that to whom more is committed,
      from her more is required (Luke 12:48).
      Let her understand also
      what a difficult and arduous task she has undertaken:
      ruling souls and adapting herself to a variety of characters.
      One she must coax, another scold, another persuade,
      according to each one's character and understanding.
      Thus she must adjust and adapt herself to all
      in such a way that she may not only suffer no loss
      in the flock committed to her care,
      but may even rejoice in the increase of a good flock.


      We have seen a lot of things that lessen the culpability of parents,
      abbots, and those in charge. St. Benedict, however, is the relentless fan
      of balance, so here come a couple of zingers that cannot be
      overlooked. In its purest form, Christian authority is a precious
      stone, indeed, but the gold in which that stone is set is
      responsibility. Because the abbess has the ultimate authority to make
      decisions alone, she ultimately has the responsibility, too. Try to
      shirk that and everyone suffers.

      Delegation does not end that responsibility. Give one man or woman
      that much power and the buck really does stop there. Hard saying, but
      St. Benedict cites Jesus Himself as remarking that more is required
      of those to whom so much has been committed. There may be elements
      that qualify and reduce that expectation of more, but there is no way
      to remove it altogether.

      Tucked in the folds of this portion is another warning. The abbot or
      parent must recall that they have undertaken a difficult and arduous
      task. One can wish to be an abbot or parent for utterly wrong
      reasons. Grace can overcome these, God often lets us do the right
      thing for the wrong reason, but if the parent or abbot does not later
      cooperate with the grace, trouble ensues.

      Jesus washed feet, telling us He was giving us an example and
      mandate. (Why do you think the ceremony of foot washing got named
      "Mandatum"? That's where we got the English term "Maundy Thursday".)

      I think it's a safe bet that these days, when feet are most generally
      cleaned in tubs or showers, Jesus would be cleaning toilets. It just
      strikes me as what would be most like Him. Mothers and fathers can tell
      you that their authority requires them to clean a good deal more than just
      toilets! Parents and nurses who are faced with some of the most disgusting
      stuff to clean up can be absolutely certain that their hands are the hands of
      Christ in that moment.

      Wouldn't it be a better world if such loving humility was required of
      all authority? If Jesus could do it as God, what lesser official
      dares quibble with His standards?

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      Petersham, MA

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