Holy Rule for Oct. 16
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
February 15, June 16, October 16
Chapter 13: How the Morning Office Is to Be Said on Weekdays
On weekdays the Morning Office shall be celebrated as follows. Let
Psalm 66 be said without an antiphon and somewhat slowly, as on
Sunday, in order that all may be in time for Psalm 50, which is to
be said with an antiphon. After that let two other Psalms be said
according to custom, namely: on Monday Psalms 5 and 35, on Tuesday
Psalms 42 and 56, on Wednesday Psalms 63 and 64, on Thursday Psalms
87 and 89, on Friday Psalms 75 and 91, and on Saturday Psalm 142
and the canticle from Deuteronomy, which is to be divided into two
sections each terminated by a "Glory be to the Father." But on the
other days let there be a canticle from the Prophets, each on its
own day as chanted by the Roman Church. Next follow the Psalms of
praise, then a lesson of the Apostle to be recited from memory, the
responsory, the Ambrosian hymn, the verse, the canticle from the
Gospel book, the litany, and so the end.
Many, many Oblates wish they could say more of the Office than they
do. Unfortunately, many, MANY things complicate that for them, not
least of which is that virtually every house is doing something
different, often using several books that are neither easily
portable nor readily available. The upshot is that many monastics,
Oblates and professed, are forced to use the Roman Liturgy of the
Hours when traveling or not in choir.
Well, that undoubtedly connects one with the prayer of the whole
Church, but it is not our own monastic Office. Oblates who know the
hunger of this imperfect state of affairs may find at least a
partial remedy in today's chapter. Psalms 66 and 50 are to be said
daily. Granted, many houses with various Psalm arrangements no
longer do so, or perhaps say
one, but not both. However, by memorizing one or both of these
Psalms (and 66 is VERY short and repetitious, to boot, easily
memorized,) one can add them to the Roman morning prayer and thereby
make it at least a tad more Benedictine!
The tragedy of our Benedictine Office these days is that all of us
have lost the ability to be exactly connected in prayer with the
rest of the Order. That was not a shabby thing. There was great
comfort in knowing that every Benedictine in the world was doing
and saying the same things on mostly the same days. We are no longer
literally on the same page.
Take comfort, slim though it may be, in this: using one or both of
these Psalms daily will at least connect you to all the
Benedictines BEFORE 1964, and even a good many after!! And there is
a great, vast multitude of saints in that number. Denied connection
in our own day, we may safely rejoice in what little we can glean with the
holy monastics of the past who do, after all, represent the bulk of
our 1,500 years of history!
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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