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Holy Rule for Sept. 6

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  • Br. Jerome Leo
    +PAX Prayers for the eternal rest of Dr. Joseph S., 89, and for all his family and all who mourn him. Prayers for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the
    Message 1 of 236 , Sep 5, 2012
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      Prayers for the eternal rest of Dr. Joseph S., 89, and for all his family and all who mourn him.

      Prayers for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:

      Steve, cancer, he knows prayers help.

      Jual, for whom we have prayed, cancer.

      Charlene, trying to cope with her 98 year old mother who just fell and broke a bone. Mom is very confused with dementia and two other daughters are no help, prayers also for her mother.

      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

      [Ordinarily, I try, when possible, to make sure that a re-run has
      not appeared recently.This one, I gladly put out three times a
      year!! The Morning Offering is such an important prayer, such an
      effective gateway to and teacher of intercession that, if you
      learned nothing else at all from what I have written, this would be
      enough. Every time I learn that I have introduced (or re-
      introduced!) someone to the Morning Offering, I quite literally
      know that my life has not been in vain. Had I to face God with only
      that to my credit, I should be hopeful and confident of His mercy.
      It truly is that important a tool of intercessory prayer.]

      January 6 May 7 September 6
      Prologue (continued)

      So we have asked the Lord who is to dwell in His tent, and we have
      heard His commands
      to anyone who would dwell there; it remains for us to fulfill those

      Therefore we must prepare our hearts and our bodies to do battle
      under the holy obedience of His commands; and let us ask God that
      He be pleased to give us the help of His grace
      for anything which our nature finds hardly possible. And if we want
      to escape the pains of hell and attain life everlasting, then,
      while there is still time, while we are still in the body
      and are able to fulfill all these things by the light of this life,
      we must hasten to do now
      what will profit us for eternity.


      The first section of the Prologue asked us to seek God's blessing
      before doing any work. Today we are asked to prepare our hearts and
      bodies for the struggles ahead and ask God for His help. Both of
      these precepts are quite nicely filled by making the Morning
      Offering. Now I know that is a Roman Catholic prayer, and I also
      know we have (thanks be to God!) many Oblates of other faiths among
      us. Bear with me, please. I think this has applications for

      The morning offering is considered rather passe in some Roman
      Catholic circles. One actually wonders why, in an age that loves
      computers with tons of memory, hard drives that do all the work for
      us, even more work than our own minds could dream of doing.

      I have 12,000 names in a data base I built on royal genealogy, a
      favorite hobby. One click and a few seconds will tell me how any
      two of them are related, even up to mind-boggling relationships
      like eighteenth cousin three times removed and beyond. It will
      start at a point
      like that and then list all lesser relationships, until common
      ancestors are all depleted. No way I could EVER do that. The
      morning offering, however, makes all computer ability look like
      shooting fish in a barrel.

      The morning offering is the perfect capstone, cornerstone and
      beginning for a great life of intercessory prayer. It unites the
      poverty of our own lives, prayers, works, joys and sufferings with
      those of Christ, with those of His Mystical Body. It plunges the
      finite smallness of our own actions into sea after sea of infinite
      grace and perfection and, wrapped in that awesome completeness,
      offers them to the Father in the perhaps most perfect personal gift
      we could ever hope for that day, short of martyrdom itself.

      Ever forget to pray during the day? The morning offering makes our
      very heartbeats and breathing prayers, means of grace for ourselves
      and for all. We have offered ALL our works, even the unconscious
      ones of our bodies to God, and we have offered them in union with
      the most perfect sacrifice of Jesus. With a gift tag like that, the
      Father is quite likely to be pleased, indeed. Each time we blink,
      or eat, suffer or rejoice, we link that to Christ on His Cross.
      None of us have enough bytes of memory to really do that (I have
      forgotten about
      it at least three times while writing this sentence!) The morning
      offering is our "hard drive" it is the program that saves to disk
      and runs automatically.

      Our baptism into the Mystical Body gives us the right to plug into
      that infinite worth. It would be a shame if we missed the
      opportunity. Let me tell you, with complete sincerity, that all the
      works of my entire life couldn't save a flea from drowning in a
      raindrop. No way. Buried within the depths of Christ, however,
      their value becomes literally infinite.

      Ever feel bad that you forgot to pray for someone who asked, or
      only whispered a quick: "Lord, help her."? The morning offering
      makes our life and our prayer an infinite pie, one which can never
      be sliced too thin. Counting huge groups and individuals, I pray
      every single day for literally billions of people and not one of
      them is short-changed at all.

      That's the marvel of uniting our lives and hearts, joys and sorrows
      daily to Christ. Every slice of the pie gets served on the plate of
      His infinity, every single one. Cloaked in the perfect mercy and
      offering of Jesus, every single act, even the keys I just struck and
      the mouse I just moved are wonderful prayers for all, for everyone
      throughout time. That's not shabby, folks!

      Ever wish that your heart prone to largesse had all the money in
      the world? How generous you would be! But, with the morning
      offering, you have daily more than that. Claim your infinite share
      and spread it around! Name people and groups, sure, but know that
      God has a memory that never quits. You can say: for all people in
      all time" and it WILL count!

      Heavens, I pray for all Oblates (among lots of other people and
      groups every day.) Not only could I not name them, I don't even
      know them, nor is it possible for ANYONE to know them all
      throughout time. But God does, and it counts! There is no one
      reading this for whom I have not prayed every single day, many by
      name, but it doesn't matter. God is my hard drive! I have prayed
      for the next new guest who arrives for a first visit for literally
      years, every single day. The morning offering is a very neat method!

      Look, folks, it's a Roman Catholic prayer. I'll give you a version
      of it at the end of this post, but there are many others. I KNOW
      that some of our Oblates from other Churches may have to amend it a
      bit and that's OK, go for what God and your heart allows. I think,
      however, that all Christians could agree on at least these
      essentials. (Someone please correct me here, if I am wrong.) Offer
      all your prayers, works, joys and sufferings to God in union with
      those of Christ, for the intentions of Christ, for all the Churches
      and their
      leaders, for all people throughout time. Say it any way your heart
      allows, but do at least this much and congratulations: you have
      just thrust your own prayers and works and joys and sufferings into
      the very heart of the Cosmos, into the whole of history itself. You
      stand beside Christ in HIS perfect work in every age.

      And, if today is your first morning offering, or your first in some
      time, make it a habit to pray for all Benedictines each day!

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB

      O my Jesus, I offer You this day my prayers, works, joys and
      suffering, for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart and Divine
      Mercy, in union with every sacrifice of the Mass throughout the
      and with all the prayers, works, joys and sufferings of Your
      Body throughout time, in reparation for our sins and in thanksgiving
      for all Your benefits. I offer them for the Pope and all Church
      leaders, for the unity of all Christians.

      (Now you can add your own intentions- don't be stingy here, you have
      infinity! I always end my own list with: for everyone and everything
      throughout time, created by Your hands, I offer You my life, in
      holocaust for these and for Your will for them.)

      End with: Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, make my heart like unto
      Yours. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You.

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    • Br. Jerome Leo
      +PAX 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
      Message 236 of 236 , Nov 21, 2012
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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 --
        anyone who
        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
        nothing flat.

        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
        until heaven.

        Love and prayers,

        Jerome, OSB
        Petersham, MA

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