Prayers for Lynn, who loses heer ability to hear, see or speak for about 80% of each day. A rare condition.
Prayers for LeRoy, migraine hedaches terribly impacting his life and work.
Prayers for Ricky's job hunt, and for his 13 year old son on his birthday.
Prayers for the eternal rest of Jeff, who died of ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease, and for all his family nd all who mourn him.
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
February 8, June 9, October 9
Chapter 7: On Humility
The eleventh degree of humility
is that when a monk speaks
he do so gently and without laughter,
humbly and seriously,
in few and sensible words,
and that he be not noisy in his speech.
It is written,
"A wise man is known by the fewness of his words"(Sextus,
Enchidirion, 134 or 145).
OK, writing as one who is 40% deaf, let me try to throw some light on
what this step is NOT. Remember that Benedictines espouse balance and
that balance should avoid both extremes.
I have always been hard of hearing, so I have long noted a tendency
by some to interpret "not noisy" as barely audible. I hardly think
that's the case. Even talking on the phone to other OSB houses I
sometimes pick this up: the whispered inflections that one commonly
only hears in funeral parlors. Just as we should not
roar or yell when it is uncalled for, neither should we tiptoe about
whispering when there is no need.
So, for the last of my soapbox today, we don't yell, but we don't
whisper, either, unless such adjusted speech is truly necessary.
(Who, after all, would whisper "Fire," or "Shark,"?) We seek the
Golden Mean of carefully weighed speech that others can hear.
Love and prayers,
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