Holy Rule for Aug. 18
Prayers for the eternal rest of Steve and for all his family and all who mourn him and for Nora and Jim who will now be raising his two youngest children.
Prayers for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Michael and Cheryl, safe travels.
Luke ,4, who will have an MRI to learn if he was born with Chiari Syndrome like his sister, Toni-Marie. He has experienced some of the same headaches which Toni used to have.
Ron has been bedridden with his back for the past 4-5 days, they will be scheduling him for a procedure in the near future, to attempt to relieve the pain.
a 20 year old girl who ran away from a rehab and has not been heard from for 12 days. Please pray for her safety and for her family who are very worried abut her.
Wally, who has been hospitalized with stomach and intestinal issues, and doctor's have discovered a mass on his kidney. They will be doing a biopsy on August 23rd.
Cherise, there is a long-standing eating disorder, as well stuggles with alcoholism, including a recent DUI. Prayers for her and her husband as they seek help.
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
April 18, August 18, December 18
Chapter 63: On the Order of the Community
Let all keep their places in the monastery established by the time
of their entrance, the merit of their lives and the decision of the
Abbot. Yet the Abbot must not disturb the flock committed to him,
nor by an arbitrary use of his power ordain anything unjustly; but
let him always think of the account he will have to render to God
for all his decisions and his deeds.
Therefore in that order which he has established or which they
already had, let the brethren approach to receive the kiss of peace
and Communion, intone the Psalms and stand in choir. And in no place
whatever should age decide the order or be prejudicial to it; for
Samuel and Daniel as mere boys judged priests.
Except for those already mentioned, therefore, whom the Abbot has
promoted by a special decision or demoted for definite reasons, all
the rest shall take their order according to the time of their
entrance. Thus, for example, he who came to the monastery at the
second hour of the day, whatever be his age or his dignity, must
know that he is junior to one who came at the first hour of the day.
Boys, however, are to be kept under discipline in all matters and by
I have known one monk of St. Leo who may perhaps have been delighted
to be the most senior monk by age and entrance, but he is long gone
now. The others I have known, who either held the first place or
hovered near it, could not have cared less, might even chuckle about
it if reminded. I like their way better.
Rank is a handy way to organize people in line, but after that, its
usefulness quickly diminishes. Rank that one desires or seeks can be
downright pernicious and fatal to a monastic life. If you look at
this chapter closely, it is not hard to see that St. Benedict wanted
his monastics to pretty much take their place and forget about it-
going any higher or lower had nothing to do with their own decision
anyhow and they should be at peace.
There's the rub: to be at peace! We need peace, we need inner
serenity. It is no accident that it became our motto, PAX. That
peace of soul is fertile earth in which God tills His bountiful
fields of graces. It is the foundation we need to build houses firm.
That inner peace becomes impossible when our primary focus is a
scramble to the top. Archbishop Sheen called ambition "the
ecclesiastical lust" and he was very right. What obsesses us often
comes to enslave and own us outright, a tragic turn of events. Our
thirst ought to be holiness, not power or position.
Love and prayers,
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Matt and Bettie are celebrating 22 years of marriage, not 201 as they awful typo reads. I thought it was 21 years, but Matt kindly corrected my mistake.