Holy Rule for July 25
Prayers for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Lola, growth on her tongue, biopsy likely to be taken.
Trevor, on a mission of medical mercy to Haiti fro 9 days.
J., really toxic mess at work and she may lose her job, that she find another job soon, before that happens.
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 25, July 25, November 24
Chapter 45: On Those Who Make Mistakes in the Oratory
When anyone has made a mistake while reciting a Psalm, a responsory, an
antiphon or a lesson, if he does not humble himself there before all by
making a satisfaction, let him undergo a greater punishment because he
would not correct by humility what he did wrong through carelessness.
But boys for such faults shall be whipped.
This chapter bears the key to Benedictine community and
mercy: the offender is willing, perhaps even eager at times, to humble
himself after a fault, without any prompting, before any action is taken
from superiors. Contrast this with those who resist ardently the
slightest correction and you will quickly see what such behaviour
indicates! The hallmarks of our Order are humility and obedience.
OK, another little slice of monastery life here! Brother Isidore is
Canadian, and runs very true to the stereotypical Canadian politeness
and reticence we Statesiders often tease him about. Brother joins in
this fun with a lot of good humour. (Please note British Commonwealth
spelling preferences here, a token offering!) One of his favourite lines
of jest is: "I'm sorry, it was my fault." This is best repeated while
striking his breast, after a glaringly obvious gaff by the OTHER party,
and all enjoy a laugh.
We follow the custom of kneeling in choir when one makes an audible
mistake here. Brother Isidore used to sit in my row. On more than one waggish
occasion, I have been known to comment that, if one wants to have a
little fun in choir, all one needs to do is make a mistake, act like
nothing happened, and wait for the Canadian to kneel. Oh, well, it's a
joke we all like- even Brother Isidore!
The kneeling is just a way to say "I'm sorry" to the group. It also has
some (though by no means a total,) deterrent effect. Many are the days
when I kneel for the third time in one Office hour and just think: "Why
don't I just STAY on my knees for the duration?" It can be funny, too.
Hear a big gaff and watch 2/3 of a row kneel after the verse is
finished. On the other hand, I often- though not always, alas- try not
to look at who kneels. I can assure you, from the many times I kneel
myself, I find merit in the practice every time. Honestly and truthfully
admitting gaffs can be a source of great growth.
And there's the key for all of us who are NOT in choir. Admit your
mistakes, own up, apologize. These common courtesies are very Christ-
like and are very, very rare in our world today. Modern people can have
such a distorted view of their own impeccability. When we admit ours, we
throw a compelling image of Christ into that secular morass. It may be
just throwing bread on the waters, but we never know whom our truthful
admissions may touch and lead to God.
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.