Holy Rule for Aug. 26
Prayers for the eternal rest of the following, for all their families and all who mourn them:
Nicola, a single mom who died suddenly, and for her three young sons.
John, a friend of our Br. Bernard.
Pat, 72, who passed away unexpectedly last night in her sleep, for her husband during this time and many close friends dealing with this.
Thomas, he died of cancer and was 64 yrs old. He leaves his wife, a son, a daughter and two very young grandchildren and three sisters and five brothers.
Prayers for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Please pray for Michael and his wife Kelly. Mike is dealing with stress and medical problems. Kelly has asked for we prayers that Mike will receive guidance and healing and peace of mind.
Please pray for Margaret who has had Leukemia for many years. She is also suffering from enlarges spleen, doctors tried to shrink with chemo and in process destroyed her white blood cells, not on medication to rebuild her immune system so she can continue her treatments.Prayers also for her brother Jim.
Prayers please for Tracy as she is going into surgery on Monday to have her gall bladder removed.
Colby, he had an interview for employment & they said they would inform him next week.
Bob, depression, very hard in adjusting to losing his eyesight.
Deo gratias, Tim and Claudia had a very safe and successful trip.
Lord, help us all as You know and will. God's will is best/ All is mercy and
grace. God is neve absent, praise Him! Thanks so much. JL
April 26, August 26, December 26
Chapter 68: If a Sister Is Commanded to Do Impossible Things
If it happens that difficult or impossible tasks are laid on a
sister, let her nevertheless receive the order of the one in
authority with all meekness and obedience. But if she sees that the
weight of the burden altogether exceeds the limit of her strength,
let her submit the reasons for her inability to the one who is over
her in a quiet way and at an opportune time,
without pride, resistance, or contradiction. And if after these
representations the Superior still persists in her decision and
command, let the subject know that this is for her good,
and let her obey out of love, trusting in the help of God.
This chapter, I think, holds even more for Oblates in the world
than it does for monastics. There aren't many superiors around
today who insist on the impossible as a personal hobby, nor are
the "impossible" tasks asked of one in the monastery likely to
compare very favorably with some of the things people in the world
are asked to do. Those things often come from God directly or
indirectly, by His will or His permission, so argument isn't going
to be extremely helpful. All that one can do is apply the last
three phrases of this chapter to the situation, often with trembling and with
"...let the subject know that this is for her good, and let her
obey out of love, trusting in the help of God." That is a
dauntingly tall order! The people who keep this Rule in their
hearts are, let us be frank, practicing heroic virtue. How touching
it is to sometimes see their humility. Far from complaining, they
apologize that they questioned, struggled, or plodded through
without much feeling!! Hello??!? That's nothing short of fabulous
and would be humanly impossible without very great cooperation with
"...KNOW that this is for her good," not believe or trust, but
know. WOW! That takes a tremendous act of faith. Often hindsight
can help here. One can look back at other presumed tragedies and
see the hand of God's love clearly in retrospect. This, however, is
often not easily possible when the first tragedy hits, nor is it
easy when the latest cross is so utterly overwhelming that one can
be tempted to think that this time is a BIG exception.
God is the ONLY force that can change evil to good, to triumph. He
is the only One Who can not only make evil's consequences tolerable
for those who love Him, but even make them profitable victories!
All things really do work together for the good if one loves God. We
need to own and know with all our hearts and might that this
is always and everywhere true. Always.
"...let her obey out of love." Whoa!! We will spend most of our
lives working on that one, but, as Benedictines who must always
strive to do better, we cannot put off working on it till later. We
need, however blindly, to seek the way of loving obedience. When we
cannot find it at first, God, Who knows better than we how hard it is,
receives our trust and intention as great, great things of merit.
"...trusting in the help of God." Trust can be unspeakably hard,
and is made the more so by the many times humans and history have
betrayed our trust. We become fearful and wary after many human
hurts. Unfortunately, this impedes our ability to trust even God,
Who is incapable of betraying us. He will never, ever abandon us.
St. Faustina said that even if the ground beneath her feet were to
drop away, she would still trust Him. That's a way off for most of
us, but a worthy goal which we should long to achieve. Trust like
that is the herald of great sanctity. And great sanctity is our
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.