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  • russophile2002
    +PAX Prayers, please, for a special family in great need. Cath, the Mom, has inoperable cancer, her middle child, with Downs Syndrome, has leukemia. The
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 4, 2003

      Prayers, please, for a special family in great need. Cath, the Mom,
      has inoperable cancer, her middle child, with Downs Syndrome, has
      leukemia. The prognosis for both is about 12 months. Her other two
      children, understandably, are having terrible times coping with this.
      Prayers for them all! Also for Linda and her husband, Rick. Rick was
      disabled from a lung injury and now has a large tumor on his right
      lung. Thanks so much! God's will be done! NRN JL

      February 3, June 4, October 4
      Chapter 7: On Humility

      The sixth degree of humility
      is that a monk be content
      with the poorest and worst of everything,
      and that in every occupation assigned him
      he consider himself a bad and worthless workman,
      saying with the Prophet,
      "I am brought to nothing and I am without understanding;
      I have become as a beast of burden before You,
      and I am always with You" (Ps:22-23).


      While it may be arguably true that many in the past had self-esteems
      which were far too low, I think, from my generation onward, we
      have "worked through all that" with more than enough success. Relax,
      I think we have compensated for any imbalance and then some! With
      ears attuned to such self-affirmation, it is hard for us to hear
      lines like "worthless workman", "brought to nothing" and "a beast of
      burden before You."

      Understandably, we may listen through our filtered ears and wonder
      how on earth the Psalmist could say such things. Mechanisms to
      explain them away and denial defenses spring right up. Must have been
      his primitive society, must have been some neurotic notion of
      religion in those days! Boy, that David REALLY needed to work on his
      self-image, so sad in a King, too!

      I don't think any of those things are true in more than the most
      minimal sense, if that. David COULD say those things with honesty,
      because he was a mystic. Let me hasten to console all concerned with
      the news that he was a very human mystic. Face it, he had the hots
      for Uriah's wife and conveniently arranged Uriah's death in battle
      to "legitimate" things. hardly the type of thing one would read about
      the Little Flower!

      Because this terribly human David, in a mystical sense, had "seen"
      God, at least with the eyes of his soul, he could easily make
      truthful remarks like these about himself! Once we see even a bit of
      God, scales fall from our eyes and we can easily see how the Prophet
      could say such things: they are true!

      I am no mystic, but I sure know I am nothing, nothing at ALL compared
      to God. If I have done a good job here and there, make no mistake
      that I can tell you from an inside perspective that successes were
      just that: here and there. The total workman profile has a LOT of
      gaps and stuff undone, deliberately and otherwise. The merit review
      will probably NOT recommend a raise at this time!

      We need the truth of humility because we take ourselves- and the
      falsehoods about ourselves- far, far too seriously. Yes, we sometimes
      need to know we did "OK", but we also need to often remind ourselves
      that we are not so hot as we thought!

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      jeromeleo@... St. Mary's Monastery
      Petersham, MA
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