Holy Rule for Sept. 2
Prayers, please, for the eternal rest of the following, and for all who mourn them:
Catherine, our Fr. Bede's sister, to whom he was very close, and for her husband, Gus and children, Gus Jr. and Mary Catherine, and for Fr. Bede and her other siblings, Mary Teresa, Frances, Joseph and Margaret.
Fr. Michael Komechak, OSB, of St. Procopius Abbey, and for his Community and family.
Please pray for the community of St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo. They have had to evacuate because of the massive fires in the area. These fires are totally out of control and are threatening thousands of homes. Prayers for Cheryl and Sue, two Oblates whose homes are among those threatened, though they have not had to evacuate yet.
Prayers please for a successful interview today for John, and the award of a research contract into vocational education and training for young people.
Prayers for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Chris' brother who was just diagnosed with stomach cancer.
Sara who has cancer.
Prayers of thanksgiving for Ned who is recovering from a bad motorcycle accident.
Sara with brain seizures of unknown origin.
Tom, who is dying of cancer.
John, still looking for a job and has been unemployed for a very long time.
Also for a special intention for a friend.
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 2, May 3, September 2
Let us arise, then, at last,
for the Scripture stirs us up, saying,
"Now is the hour for us to rise from sleep" (Rom. 18:11).
Let us open our eyes to the deifying light,
let us hear with attentive ears
the warning which the divine voice cries daily to us,
"Today if you hear His voice,
harden not your hearts" (Ps. 94:8).
"Whoever has ears to hear,
hear what the Spirit says to the churches" (Matt. 11-15; Apoc. 2:7).
And what does He say?
"Come, My children, listen to Me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord" (Ps. 33:12).
"Run while you have the light of life,
lest the darkness of death overtake you" (John 12:35).
St. Benedict, just by virtue of the period in which he lived, would
have been rather more attuned to the Eastern Church Fathers than
many in the West are today. Not for nothing does he also recommend
St. Basil's Rule to his monastics! Given all this, the
phrase "deifying light", which probably strikes most Westerners as
just a lovely bit of poetry, would ring altogether different bells
in Eastern minds, and may well have rung those bells in the mind of
St. Benedict himself.
Deification, the process of humanity becoming more God-like, is a
central theme of Eastern spirituality, a favorite theme of the
Fathers and a big central issue in Eastern monasticism. The whole
idea of the Incarnation is viewed as God becoming Man so that man
could be deified. (Don't take that term "deified" literally. The
idea was that people became God-like, participated in His wondrous
Being, not that they literally became gods!)
But there was a profound awareness of grace allowing us to share
in God's life and to become ever more
like Him, of being ever more intimately united with the Triune
Life. Put another way, the East would say that we were created in
the image and likeness of God, but we have lost the likeness.
Deification, monastic struggle, the spiritual life, all of these
strive to regain that likeness.
We so often speak of balance, but what does that balance entail?
It is this very deification, it is the closest attempt we can make to restore
the rightness of Eden. It is our halt and lame effort to become what
God intended us to be, as closely as we can in a fallen world.
So, as we continue our loving Father's pep talk at the beginning of
his Holy Rule, let us resolve to never again let that
phrase "deifying light" slip past our eyes as just another literary
device. No way! Deification and Light are what we are all about.
Shine on, dear brothers and sisters, shine on!
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,