Holy Rule for Sept. 6
Prayers, please, for Doug, having hospice care at home for cancer. He particularly appreciates rosaries said for him.
Prayers, too, for Fr. Hurley and Msgr. Jameson, who have been ministering to Doug and for all at St. Anselm's.
Prayers for Kristi and her husband, Drew. She is way overdue with their third child and has not had the baby yet.
Prayers for Bert, 91, sudden, unexpected death, and please pray for Grace his widow, who has M.S., the grand-daughter who was just moving from Australia to stay with them, and all the family and friends who will mourn such a great and wonderful character.
Prayers for Abby, 14, just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and her family, that they all learn to accept, understand and deal with this so as to make sure Abby stays safe.
Prayers for Fr Harney, currently receiving chemo for prostate cancer; and Fr Michael, who has decided not to have treatment for bowel cancer.
Prayers for one thinking about entering the Catholic Church.
Prayers for J., vocation discernment.
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
[Ordinarily, I try, when possible, to make sure that a re-run has
not appeared recently.This one, I gladly put out three times a
year!! The Morning Offering is such an important prayer, such an
effective gateway to and teacher of intercession that, if you
learned nothing else at all from what I have written, this would be
enough. Every time I learn that I have introduced (or re-
introduced!) someone to the Morning Offering, I quite literally
know that my life has not been in vain. Had I to face God with only
that to my credit, I should be hopeful and confident of His mercy.
It truly is that important a tool of intercessory prayer.]
January 6 May 7 September 6
So we have asked the Lord who is to dwell in His tent, and we have
heard His commands
to anyone who would dwell there; it remains for us to fulfill those
Therefore we must prepare our hearts and our bodies to do battle
under the holy obedience of His commands; and let us ask God that
He be pleased to give us the help of His grace
for anything which our nature finds hardly possible. And if we want
to escape the pains of hell and attain life everlasting, then,
while there is still time, while we are still in the body
and are able to fulfill all these things by the light of this life,
we must hasten to do now
what will profit us for eternity.
The first section of the Prologue asked us to seek God's blessing
before doing any work. Today we are asked to prepare our hearts and
bodies for the struggles ahead and ask God for His help. Both of
these precepts are quite nicely filled by making the Morning
Offering. Now I know that is a Roman Catholic prayer, and I also
know we have (thanks be to God!) many Oblates of other faiths among
us. Bear with me, please. I think this has applications for
The morning offering is considered rather passe in some Roman
Catholic circles. One actually wonders why, in an age that loves
computers with tons of memory, hard drives that do all the work for
us, even more work than our own minds could dream of doing.
I have 12,000 names in a data base I built on royal genealogy, a
favorite hobby. One click and a few seconds will tell me how any
two of them are related, even up to mind-boggling relationships
like eighteenth cousin three times removed and beyond. It will
start at a point
like that and then list all lesser relationships, until common
ancestors are all depleted. No way I could EVER do that. The
morning offering, however, makes all computer ability look like
shooting fish in a barrel.
The morning offering is the perfect capstone, cornerstone and
beginning for a great life of intercessory prayer. It unites the
poverty of our own lives, prayers, works, joys and sufferings with
those of Christ, with those of His Mystical Body. It plunges the
finite smallness of our own actions into sea after sea of infinite
grace and perfection and, wrapped in that awesome completeness,
offers them to the Father in the perhaps most perfect personal gift
we could ever hope for that day, short of martyrdom itself.
Ever forget to pray during the day? The morning offering makes our
very heartbeats and breathing prayers, means of grace for ourselves
and for all. We have offered ALL our works, even the unconscious
ones of our bodies to God, and we have offered them in union with
the most perfect sacrifice of Jesus. With a gift tag like that, the
Father is quite likely to be pleased, indeed. Each time we blink,
or eat, suffer or rejoice, we link that to Christ on His Cross.
None of us have enough bytes of memory to really do that (I have
it at least three times while writing this sentence!) The morning
offering is our "hard drive" it is the program that saves to disk
and runs automatically.
Our baptism into the Mystical Body gives us the right to plug into
that infinite worth. It would be a shame if we missed the
opportunity. Let me tell you, with complete sincerity, that all the
works of my entire life couldn't save a flea from drowning in a
raindrop. No way. Buried within the depths of Christ, however,
their value becomes literally infinite.
Ever feel bad that you forgot to pray for someone who asked, or
only whispered a quick: "Lord, help her."? The morning offering
makes our life and our prayer an infinite pie, one which can never
be sliced too thin. Counting huge groups and individuals, I pray
every single day for literally billions of people and not one of
them is short-changed at all.
That's the marvel of uniting our lives and hearts, joys and sorrows
daily to Christ. Every slice of the pie gets served on the plate of
His infinity, every single one. Cloaked in the perfect mercy and
offering of Jesus, every single act, even the keys I just struck and
the mouse I just moved are wonderful prayers for all, for everyone
throughout time. That's not shabby, folks!
Ever wish that your heart prone to largesse had all the money in
the world? How generous you would be! But, with the morning
offering, you have daily more than that. Claim your infinite share
and spread it around! Name people and groups, sure, but know that
God has a memory that never quits. You can say: for all people in
all time" and it WILL count!
Heavens, I pray for all Oblates (among lots of other people and
groups every day.) Not only could I not name them, I don't even
know them, nor is it possible for ANYONE to know them all
throughout time. But God does, and it counts! There is no one
reading this for whom I have not prayed every single day, many by
name, but it doesn't matter. God is my hard drive! I have prayed
for the next new guest who arrives for a first visit for literally
years, every single day. The morning offering is a very neat method!
Look, folks, it's a Roman Catholic prayer. I'll give you a version
of it at the end of this post, but there are many others. I KNOW
that some of our Oblates from other Churches may have to amend it a
bit and that's OK, go for what God and your heart allows. I think,
however, that all Christians could agree on at least these
essentials. (Someone please correct me here, if I am wrong.) Offer
all your prayers, works, joys and sufferings to God in union with
those of Christ, for the intentions of Christ, for all the Churches
leaders, for all people throughout time. Say it any way your heart
allows, but do at least this much and congratulations: you have
just thrust your own prayers and works and joys and sufferings into
the very heart of the Cosmos, into the whole of history itself. You
stand beside Christ in HIS perfect work in every age.
And, if today is your first morning offering, or your first in some
time, make it a habit to pray for all Benedictines each day!
Love and prayers,
O my Jesus, I offer You this day my prayers, works, joys and
suffering, for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart and Divine
Mercy, in union with every sacrifice of the Mass throughout the
and with all the prayers, works, joys and sufferings of Your
Body throughout time, in reparation for our sins and in thanksgiving
for all Your benefits. I offer them for the Pope and all Church
leaders, for the unity of all Christians.
(Now you can add your own intentions- don't be stingy here, you have
infinity! I always end my own list with: for everyone and everything
throughout time, created by Your hands, I offer You my life, in
holocaust for these and for Your will for them.)
End with: Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, make my heart like unto
Yours. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You.
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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.