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  • Br. Jerome Leo
    +PAX Deo gratias, LG s surgery went well, continued prayers for good pathology reports. Prayers for E., special intentions. Lord, help us all as You know and
    Message 1 of 236 , Oct 19, 2012
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      Deo gratias, LG's surgery went well, continued prayers for good pathology reports.

      Prayers for E., special intentions.

      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 19, June 20, October 20
      Chapter 16: How the Work of God Is to Be Performed During the Day

      "Seven times in the day," says the Prophet, "I have rendered praise
      to You" (Ps. 118:164).
      Now that sacred number of seven will be fulfilled by us if we
      perform the Offices of our service at the time of the Morning
      Office, of Prime, of Terce, of Sext, of None, of Vespers and of
      Compline, since it was of these day Hours that he said, "Seven
      times in the day I have rendered praise to You." For as to the
      Night Office the same Prophet says, "In the middle of the night I
      arose to glorify You" (Ps. 118:62).


      Let us therefore bring our tribute of praise to our Creator "for
      the judgments of His justice" (Ps. 118:164) at these times: the
      Morning Office, Prime, Terce, Sext, None,
      Vespers and Compline; and in the night let us arise to glorify Him.


      REFLECTION

      Tucked neatly into all this business of naming and counting the
      Hours of the Divine Office comes the actual reason we go to choir
      or say the Office alone. It is "our tribute of praise to our
      Creator 'for the judgments of His justice' "

      OK, tribute, praise, glorify, all those things are familiar enough
      to us, but the zinger here is "for the judgments of His justice."
      Whoops! A lot fall out on that one! Whether we realize it or not,
      the reason we praise God as Benedictines is to thank Him for ALL
      His decisions in regard to us. That isn't easy, but it is terribly
      valid and terribly necessary.

      We thank God- admittedly sometimes with gritted teeth- for all the
      things that did and DIDN'T work out the way we wanted them, for
      every acceptance and every rejection that brought us to be as we
      find ourselves today, in His arms, even when we cannot feel His
      arms. The jobs we didn't get, the great loves which were not
      reciprocal, the course we flunked, the kids that went wrong, the
      illness that dogs us, the spouse we should never have gone out with
      twice, the unwanted pregnancy, the miscarriage, EVERYTHING that has
      shaped our lives and persons is something we thank God for in the
      Office.

      I mention only the difficult things, because anybody can be
      thankful that the apparently great stuff worked out. Nor am I
      saying all the bad stuff is God's fault, or that it's our own
      fault, but ALL of it is turned to good by God, and that is worth
      singing about! All of
      it! If we look back honestly, we can see the hand of His goodness
      in the darkest times, we can see it in NOT having our way, we can
      see it in everything.

      Since the way God turns all to good is a mystery we shall never
      know fully in this life, we cannot adequately say much of anything
      but thanks and praise, the stammered joy of someone who has
      received a really great gift and is astounded at such generosity.
      Thanks, God. And hey, You really DID know what You were doing all
      along, didn't You?

      Own it, beloveds, God's will truly IS best. All is really mercy and
      grace! All! And, uh, oh yeah- Alleluia!!!!!!!!!

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
      Petersham, MA



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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
        assassination.

        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.

        REFLECTION

        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
        annoyed!

        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
        http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
        Petersham, MA




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