Holy Rule for Aug. 22
Please continue prayers for Elaine's healing.
Please pray for strength and healing for Greg, in Rehab from Drug addiction.
Continued prayers for the four Belgian nuns with mushroom poisoning, one is still suffering a lot, but it looks like all will recover.
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 22, August 22, December 22
Chapter 65: On the Prior of the Monastery
It happens all too often that the constituting of a Prior gives rise
to grave scandals in monasteries. For there are some who become
inflated with the evil spirit of pride and consider themselves
second Abbots. By usurping power they foster scandals and cause
dissensions in the community. Especially does this happen in those
places where the Prior is constituted by the same Bishop or the same
Abbots who constitute the Abbot himself.
What an absurd procedure this is can easily be seen; for it gives
the Prior an occasion for becoming proud from the very time of his
constitution, by putting the thought into his mind
that he is freed from the authority of his Abbot: "For," he will say
to himself, "you were constituted by the same persons who constitute
the Abbot." From this source are stirred up envy, quarrels,
detraction, rivalry, dissensions and disorders. For while the Abbot
and the Prior are at variance, their souls cannot but be endangered
by this dissension; and those who are under them, currying favor
with one side or the other, go to ruin. The guilt for this dangerous
state of affairs rests on the heads of those whose action brought
about such disorder.
St. Benedict tries to guarantee unity by letting the Abbot choose
his own Prior, parents can do it by a struggle to overcome their own
personal differences for the good of the children. This is not to
say that the parents can necessarily get over their problems, but
that they must at least try to be consistent with the children, for
the children's sakes. As St. Benedict points out, this choosing of
sides in child or monastic, can lead to ruin.
Why does it lead to ruin? Because manipulation to some degree puts
us in charge of ourselves, something no child and only the rarest of
monastics is strong enough to be. As St. Bernard of Clairvaux
said: "The one who has himself for a master has a fool for a
One reason we took obedience upon ourselves was our knowledge of our
own weakness. This knowledge can fade and dim with time, we can be
convinced we know better. Religious obedience is a real protection from harm.
Benedictines not only are not in charge of themselves, but, as the Holy Rule
defines cenobitic community life, they "desire" this lack of control.
They "desire to live under a Rule and an Abbot."
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.