Holy Rule for July 10
Please pray for the Health and Salvation of Georgette, Lillian, Gary, Frank, Munther, Mary, Janey, Bernice, Eric, John & Mary. John, George, John and Ann, Adel, Monk Brendan, Andre and Osama, Maximus Evan, Jerieys, Rachel, Peter, and for a special intention.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Khourieh Karen.
Please pray men and women to hear the call to the consecrated life as monastics
Please pray for peace in the Holy Land and in Iraq.
Please pray that more men will respond to the call of God to the priesthood.
Please thank God for the many blessings he has bestowed upon us.
Please pray that all of us will grow closer to God and to make Him more important in our lives.
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
March 10, July 10, November 9
Chapter 32: On the Tools and Property of the Monastery
For the care of the monastery's property
in tools, clothing and other articles
let the Abbess appoint sisters
on whose manner of life and character she can rely;
and let her, as she shall judge to be expedient,
consign the various articles to them,
to be looked after and to be collected again.
The Abbess shall keep a list of these articles,
so that as the sisters succeed one another in their assignments
she may know what she gives and what she receives back.
If anyone treats the monastery's property in a slovenly or careless
way, let her be corrected. If she fails to amend, let her undergo the
discipline of the Rule.
Americans in particular can equate lack of waste with stinginess.
It's a terrible view of things, but deeply rooted. Consumerist
society encourages waste because it fuels profits for the few at the
top. Sad that many below cannot be made to see that when we waste, we
are harming ourselves, in more ways than one: ecologically, economically
AND spiritually. Waste is a lack of mindfulness for others, a lack of
awareness that we must share God's goods which He created for all.
The reasons we have been subtly taught to live with criminal waste as if
it were nothing are false, totally false. They are not luxury, they deny
others. Why live a lie? We do not live on a planet of infinite
Monasteries and homes are microcosms of the universe. We must never look
at conservation as if our actions alone will advance the rise or prevent
the fall. They may very well do neither. What our actions CAN do is
limit our complicity. That is the only safe rationale for undertaking
Every drop of fresh water makes the ocean less salty, though its a
fair bet that the Atlantic will remain quite salty, indeed, in spite of
our efforts! That's not the point. All God will ever ask us is what
we added to the problems around us.
All He asks is that we try to build a better world, that we do our part
to make His Kingdom visible. It already exists, we do not "build" it,
we simply unveil it bit by bit, for all to see! That's what He meant when He
said: "The Kingdom of God is within you."
He knows we cannot change things single-handedly. No private citizen
could have stopped the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, but some chose not to
be in any way part of it, often at the cost of their lives. See what I
mean? A wealth of opportunity in choice awaits all of us.
Love and prayers,
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Many ardent prayers for Mario, substance abuse problem and getting help and treatment, may he stay clean and sober. Prayers, too, for his parents, D. and M. and all his family.
Prayers for Kristen, young wife & mother with serious cancer. Parishioners are praying to Ven. Rose Hawthorne for a miracle.
Prayers for Diana and her daughter, Diana left the Church long ago, prayers that they both may return.
Many ardent prayers for Steve, in hospice, that he may get all the Sacraments, and for his wife and family and all who will mourn him. Divine Mercy chaplets, please, from those so inclined.
Prayers for the eternal rest of Kathy, who died in her sleep, and strength for her husband, Mark and for their family. Kathy was a very devout prayer warrior.
Continued ardent prayers for Josh, drug problems and hopefully already in treatment.
Prayers for Patty, 56, who has been home battling bacterial pneumonia for over a week.
Prayers for the eternal rest of 35 girls killed in a fire at a state-run home for youth in Guatemala, and for their families and all who mourn them. Prayers, too, for the other girls at that facility, where allegations of abuse have prompted riots from those housed there.
Prayers for a man estranged from his children for many years, that they resume contact with him.
Prayers for E., that she go to Confession, also for Liz, that she go to Confession. It has been many years for both.
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,