Holy Rule for May 30
Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of David W, who is having brain surgery in a few weeks' time. Apparently a vein is lying on a nerve and every time it pulses it causes him pain. He has been living with it for years, and finally - praise be - it is possible to operate - they hope. He is understandably nervous about having this done, yet can't wait for the pain to stop.
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 30, May 31, September 30
Chapter 7: On Humility
The second degree of humility
is that a person love not his own will
nor take pleasure in satisfying his desires,
but model his actions on the saying of the Lord,
"I have come not to do My own will,
but the will of Him who sent Me" (John 6:38).
It is written also,
"Self-will has its punishment,
but constraint wins a crown."
Occasionally I have been privileged to look after another's pet for them.
I know when I take care of another's animal friend, I try to be much more
careful than I usually am about many things. That pet is another's treasure and
they have trusted me with it. I don't goof off! I take extra care because I know
how dear my pets have been to me.
See what I'm getting at? Caring for another's pet done right is an
example of coming not to do one's own will, but the will of one who
sent us. Monastic life done right would be looking at the whole of
our world, life and endeavor as pet care for God. Again and again, from the
greatest things in life to the smallest, He entrusts us with the care
of the apples of His eyes.
That extra care that one would take of a pet or, even more so, a
child one had been asked to watch, is the attitude we should have to
everything. This is mindfulness in the highest order. This is what
happens when the will we are obeying is Someone else's, not our own.
We take extra care with the things of God because they are His, not
Of course, the ultimate truth is that this step points to the fact
that NOTHING is really our own, everything is God's. We own nothing
in the absolute sense, that is, with the freedom to dispense or waste
or expend or destroy it with no responsibility at all for the common
good. Christians own things in stewardship for the good of all.
It may take all of our lives to realize it fully, but we are ALL
doing pet care for God, all the time, nothing less and nothing more!
And God, like a pet owner or parent who entrusts dear ones
to another, loves our carefulness very much and treasures us deeply!
How deep is our love for one who cares for someone we love, but
deeper still, infinitely so, is the love of God in this respect. Ah, the warmth
of His smile at such times!
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,