Holy Rule for May 20
Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Angie, Auto accident on Sunday, Car totaled. She got a bump on her head. More tests have been ordered. Angie has epilepsy. Her 14th month old daughter was with her, but was not hurt, so Deo gratias for that.
Glenn, that he starts treating Brittany and all his staff members respectfully and that God enlightens Glenn so he sees how rude and negative he is and starts changing. Prayers that God protects Brittany from his negativity and rude comments, that she can be an instrument for helping him to change.
Sister Germaine, OSB hospitalized for surgery May 11.
Joe, that he will have the strength he needs to go on his car trip and do the work he needs to do after coming off chemo and still on medication for an infection.
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 19, May 20, September 19
Chapter 4: What Are the Instruments of Good Works
Not to give way to anger.
Not to nurse a grudge.
Not to entertain deceit in one's heart.
Not to give a false peace.
Not to forsake charity.
Not to swear, for fear of perjuring oneself.
To utter truth from heart and mouth.
Not to return evil for evil.
To do no wrong to anyone, and to bear patiently wrongs done to
To love one's enemies.
Not to curse those who curse us, but rather to bless them.
To bear persecution for justice' sake.
Not to be proud.
Not addicted to wine.
Not a great eater.
Not a grumbler.
Not a detractor.
To put one's hope in God.
To attribute to God, and not to self, whatever good one sees in
But to recognize always that the evil is one's own doing, and to
impute it to oneself.
These Instruments of Good Works are an excellent compendium and
summary of Christianity itself. The very order in which they are
listed seems to be less than accidental: the first and greatest
commandment that Jesus spoke of, to love God with one's whole being,
is first, followed by His second commandment of love of neighbor.
Selections from the 10 commandments follow that. Hence, it would seem
to be no accident that the exhortations to avoid perjury and
to "utter truth from heart and mouth" immediately follow one that
bids us never "to forsake charity."
Jesus tells us: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." St. John
tells us that "God is Love." There is no way to safely dissociate
these things from one another.
God is Truth, so it is little wonder that offending truth offends
God. The secondary reason that deceit and falsity are so terribly
wrong is that they destroy trust and make community either less
possible or totally impossible.
When I taught in grammar school, many of our children would
simply lie as a first resort, not a last. It was rather an attitude of
"Hey, give it a shot! It might fly..." This was not my impression
alone, but all of the faculty's. It was sad, but we had to accept the
fact that one could not safely trust many of our children most of the
time. One could usually dig out the truth one on one, alone, but one
didn't always have the time or privacy to do so. That made it very
hard to build any kind of community in an ultimate sense. We loved
our kids like crazy, but we had to be sadly aware that there was
sometimes a more than average manipulation of truth.
That's one thing among children, whom one is trying to lead forth, to
form. Among adults, it is often flat out fatal to community as soon
as noticed. We certainly need to forgive and we certainly need to be
innocent as doves, but we are not asked to be fools. There is no
command that bids us hold our second hand firmly on a hot stove while
apologizing with the one first burned. Jesus knew very well what
lying would do to our hearts, how it would impair them. That's why we
are asked to never do that to one another.
Trust and community, love and truth, life and the way, these are
entwined in the heart of God, that heart to which we all hope to go.
We need all of those things for our journey.
Love and prayers,
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- I have no idea why this didn't go through yesterday. Catching up. BJL+PAXPrayers for the grace-filled success of our Oblate Day and our Sisters' Monastic Experience weekend at Petersham and for all participating.Urgent prayers needed for Brian's brother-in-law, Paul. He is a diabetic, and now has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. It is stage 3, and a biopsy this coming Tuesday will check to see if he is stage 4. He will be starting chemo & radiation. His wife is devastated. Brian has known Paul since they were very young, loves him like a brother and is crushed. Please pray for Paul, his wife, Brian and all their family and friends.Deo gratias, the twin's fluid build up is gone.
Prayer for Brian T.,( another Brian,) who is being viciously harrassed.
Prayers for JS, discernment and assistance in making an important life decision.
Prayers for Beverly, special intention plus dicernment regarding another of perplexing issues..
Deo gratias for all prayers and graces of the past.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 14, July 14, November 13
Chapter 35: On the Weekly Servers in the Kitchen
An hour before the meal let the weekly servers each receive a drink
and some bread over and above the appointed allowance, in order
that at the meal time they may serve their brethren without
murmuring and without excessive fatigue. On solemn days, however,
let them wait until after Mass.
Immediately after the Morning Office on Sunday, the incoming and
outgoing servers shall prostrate themselves before all the brethren
in the oratory and ask their prayers. Let the server who is ending
his week say this verse: "Blessed are You, O Lord God, who have
helped me and consoled me." When this has been said three times and
the outgoing server has received his blessing, then let the
incoming server follow and say, "Incline unto my aid, O God; O
Lord, make haste to help me." Let this also be repeated three times
by all, and having received his blessing let him enter his service.
Families, and parents and caregivers, listen up! There's an
important lesson here. No task is too small to be blessed by
prayer. More than that, no task is so easy that it can be done
without God's help, so remember to thank Him. Of ourselves, we can
do nothing, literally nothing. All our strength and power comes from God.
Making dinner or washing the dishes? Take a quiet moment in the
midst of either to say "Help!" and "Thanks!" Two simple, one word
prayers. No matter how chaotic your household, everyone will find
time for at least that. God knows the details, knows your heart and
can readily fill in the blanks! We may think God needs essay-length
prayers, but He doesn't. He may enjoy hearing from us, but trust
me, we NEVER tell Him anything that's news to Him.
This chapter is not simply the humility and charity of service, it
is also the honest acknowledgment of complete helplessness without
God. For most folks, only sickness or debility will teach them
that. It may seem like nothing to bend down and pick up a pin off
the floor until a bad back makes that impossible. Handicaps hone
our perceptions of being in charge very, very well.
Of course, there is another side to simple things like serving
table, picking up pins and the like. One could not have done
anything without God's help, but ah, if one does them out of love
and care! Bingo! Double coupons, so to speak! If that pin got
carefully picked up because of a barefoot and running child, or a
beloved pet who is prone to "tasting" whatever she can find on the
floor, simplicity becomes a very much greater matter, indeed. Now
it is very close to the heart of God, and that is a wonderful place
By the way, though some might think me daft for saying this, it is
not at all that crazy. There is no reason why families could not
bless whomever is assigned to a domestic task for a week or month
or whatever. A simple prayer asking God to help them serve us all
and get over any rough times could be tastefully done without a lot
of fuss. This could really help drive home the message of the worthwhile
merit to be had in doing small things with love!
Love and prayers,