Holy Rule for July 5
Please pray for the upcoming convention of the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Newton, its spiritual success for those attending, and their safety.
Prayers, please, for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Theresa, undergoing surgery.
Henry, bladder problems,
8 families misplaced by a fire in Georgia, many lost almost all they had.
David, for the success of some job interviews coming up.
Vasanti, concerns for declining health connected with cancer treatments over the last few years.
Nicole traveling to Africa and to the US from Egypt.
Patrick, on his 18th birthday, graces galore and many more! Ad multos annos!
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 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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For Demosthenis, hypertension, in ICU, fighting for hiss life.
For the recovery of Alex’s friend, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially, through the intercession of Our lady of the Rosary.