- +PAX 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 threeMessage 1 of 236 , Aug 25, 2012View Source+PAX
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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Prayers, please, for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the following, for al their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Pat, terminal brain cancer, for her happy death.
Deo gratias, David got his contract, prayers for him in his new job.
Debbie , a mother of two young children, just diagnosed with lymphoma leukemia;
Shannon, that she know God's great love for her and be open to his guidance and will;
for financial stability for two persons who are in debt
Andrew, brain cancer, on his 31st birthday.
Lorene, experiencing pains and illness symptoms and worried about results of what this could be. Please pray that she is fine and no disease/illness. Very frightened.
for those still suffering from Hurricane Sandy. May they come out of this tragedy with optimism and find love, peace, health and happiness again.
Paul C. and his family, for God's will to be done.
Prayers for the eternal rest of John F. Kennedy, on the anniversary of his
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 23, July 23, November 22
Chapter 43: On Those Who Come Late to the Work of God or to Table
Anyone who does not come to table before the verse,
so that all together may say the verse and the oration
and all sit down to table at the same time --
through his own carelessness or bad habit
does not come on time
shall be corrected for this up to the second time.
If then he does not amend,
he shall not be allowed to share in the common table,
but shall be separated from the company of all
and made to eat alone,
and his portion of wine shall be taken away from him,
until he has made satisfaction and has amended.
And let him suffer a like penalty who is not present
at the verse said after the meal.
OK, before we all get hopelessly mired in the belief that St.
Benedict is REALLY mired in punctuality issues, let's try a parable
reality check. What if every bus (or train or plane or subway,)
waited for the latecomer to arrive? For starters, the schedule of
everyone sitting helpless on that mode of transportation would be
disrupted. Everyone would be late, every single one. Some would miss
work, others a wedding, others still a connection with friends to
leave on vacation. If all public transport followed such a program,
our whole world would be a chaotic mess of very unhappy campers in
Benedictine communities do things together. Usually, that means that
a late arrival at a meal keeps everyone sitting there when already
finished, waiting for the tardy one to eat. (Occasionally a superior
will intervene and end the meal more or less on time, but often that
is not the case. Everybody waits.) This lengthening of the meal then
throws the whole schedule off. The Office cannot suffer, it's times
are inexorable, so what usually gets clipped is free time, recreation
or work. Rob people of these on a regular basis and they can get very
Lateness which is unavoidable is just that, unavoidable. That's a
time when the meal ought to be prolonged, when the others ought to
witness that we "bear one another's burdens" and so fulfill the law
of Christ. Brother X is my brother. I am responsible for a large chunk
of his communal life. If I say that doesn't matter and stroll into
dinner whenever I feel like it, something is terribly wrong with me.
I need to have my skewed vision and values corrected. That's what
this is all about: loving one another rightly.
Much of the Holy Rule which deals with communal life (and is VERY
easy to apply to family life or workplace,) has to do with what should
really be common courtesy and decency. Granted, sometimes those values get
wrapped in ancient language and gesture, making it less easy to see
how simple and modern they are, but those exhortations to polite,
considerate, gentle living are things anyone can follow in any milieu, to great
benefit! Many of those courtesies are threatened or altogether lacking today.
Helping keep them alive may start a conversion in another we will never know
Love and prayers,
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