Holy Rule for July 5
Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Vicky, she is in palliative care with cancer and not long for this world. She was recently married and received into the Church. Special prayers for her husband and for her happy death.
Bert, he has got yet another chest infection and his cancer has gone to his liver, prayers too for his wife Vera to strengthen her as she copes with this.
John, a drug he takes to prevent polyps conflicts with the one doctors would prefer to prescribe for high blood pressure, but the one they have given him is causing his feet and legs to swell and is making walking uncomfortable.
Continued prayers for preemie baby Miguel. He has survived a week and now there is more hope. A week from now they will be able to tell if he'll be blind and deaf. Prayers for his parents, Matthew and Sussana.
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 5, July 5, November 4
Chapter 28: On Those Who Will Not Amend after Repeated Corrections
If a sister who has been frequently corrected for some fault,
and even excommunicated, does not amend, let a harsher correction be
applied, that is, let the punishment of the rod be administered.
But if she still does not reform
or perhaps (which God forbid)
even rises up in pride and wants to defend her conduct,
then let the Abbess do what a wise physician would do.
Having used applications,
the ointments of exhortation,
the medicines of the Holy Scriptures,
finally the cautery of excommunication
and of the strokes of the rod,
if she sees that her efforts are of no avail,
let her apply a still greater remedy,
her own prayers and those of all the others,
that the Lord, who can do all things
may restore health to the sister who is sick.
But if she is not healed even in this way,
then let the Abbess use the knife of amputation,
according to the Apostle's words,
"Expel the evil one from your midst" (1 Cor. 5:13),
and again, "If the faithless one departs, let her depart" (1 Cor. 7:15)
lest one diseased sheep contaminate the whole flock.
Not everyone should be a monastic. Of those who should, not everyone
belongs in this or that given monastery. Failing to realize either point
can lead to a lot of trouble.
Not everyone belongs where they are. To keep someone
somewhere at any price is foolish beyond words. It probably even does the
one protected a great disservice and it is not always "charitable".
Ultimately, we should worry only about salvation. No one's
salvation depends entirely on being in any given spot. It may be
harder elsewhere, or it may be easier, but no human condition is such
that one will be lost if one is not there. Salvation does not depend
totally on us: it was effected by Someone else, Whose ways are a mystery
we often do not understand.
Just as some people insist on getting married, no matter what, even to the
wrong person at the wrong time, there are others who insist on the wrong
job or the wrong monastery. When this happens, whoever is in charge has a
wonderful, loving opportunity to set things aright and really ought to do so.
St. Benedict insists that we try everything, but not that we go on
trying it forever, a fact sometimes perilously missed.
Love and prayers,
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- Prayers, please, for a woman who is trying to get established with a doctor;each one she has called either is not taking new patients or does not accept her insurance. Several are retiring or leaving their practice.