Holy Rule for Sept. 2
Please keep the 30 or so New York Oblates of St Meinrad Archabbey who are making their annual retreat in Mariandale Retreat House. The chapter has been in existence for 70+ years.
Prayers, please, for P., terrible marriage problems and his devotional life has been severely impacted.
Deo gratias, Seamus is thriving in his new school and a wonderful change in him is evident, contiued prayers for him and his parents, Tim and Lorraine.
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
January 2, May 3, September 2
Let us arise, then, at last,
for the Scripture stirs us up, saying,
"Now is the hour for us to rise from sleep" (Rom. 18:11).
Let us open our eyes to the deifying light,
let us hear with attentive ears
the warning which the divine voice cries daily to us,
"Today if you hear His voice,
harden not your hearts" (Ps. 94:8).
"Whoever has ears to hear,
hear what the Spirit says to the churches" (Matt. 11-15; Apoc. 2:7).
And what does He say?
"Come, My children, listen to Me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord" (Ps. 33:12).
"Run while you have the light of life,
lest the darkness of death overtake you" (John 12:35).
St. Benedict, just by virtue of the period in which he lived, would
have been rather more attuned to the Eastern Church Fathers than
many in the West are today. Not for nothing does he also recommend
St. Basil's Rule to his monastics! Given all this, the
phrase "deifying light", which probably strikes most Westerners as
just a lovely bit of poetry, would ring altogether different bells
in Eastern minds, and may well have rung those bells in the mind of
St. Benedict himself.
Deification, the process of humanity becoming more God-like, is a
central theme of Eastern Christian spirituality, a favorite theme of the
Fathers and a big central issue in Eastern monasticism. The whole
idea of the Incarnation is viewed as God becoming Man so that man
could be deified. (Don't take that term "deified" literally. The
idea was that people became God-like, participated in His wondrous
Being, not that they literally became gods!)
But there was a profound awareness of grace allowing us to share
in God's life and to become ever more
like Him, of being ever more intimately united with the Triune
Life. Put another way, the East would say that we were created in
the image and likeness of God, but we have lost the likeness.
Deification, monastic struggle, the spiritual life, all of these
strive to regain that likeness.
We so often speak of balance, but what does that balance entail?
It is this very deification, it is the closest attempt we can make to restore
the rightness of Eden. It is our halt and lame effort to become what
God intended us to be, as closely as we can in a fallen world.
So, as we continue our loving Father's pep talk at the beginning of
his Holy Rule, let us resolve to never again let that
phrase "deifying light" slip past our eyes as just another literary
device. No way! Deification and Light are what we are all about.
Shine on, dear brothers and sisters, shine on!
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.