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  • russophile2002
    +PAX Deo gratias! Prayers of Thanksgiving for Richard and Mary Lou, celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary this week, also for a safe and holy pilgrimage
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      Deo gratias! Prayers of Thanksgiving for Richard and Mary Lou,
      celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary this week, also for a safe
      and holy pilgrimage for Pat, leaving for Italy tomorrow. God's will
      is best! Thanks! NRN JL

      February 10, June 11, October 11
      Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

      In the winter time,
      that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
      the sisters shall rise
      at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
      so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
      and rise with their rest completed.
      And the time that remains after the Night Office
      should be spent in study
      by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
      or the lessons.


      From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
      the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
      which is to be said at daybreak,
      will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
      during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.

      REFLECTION

      Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
      is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
      bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. Its part of
      the human and part of family life. As casually as a Mother asks young
      children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
      of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
      without great discomfort!

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      jeromeleo@...
      Petersham, MA
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