Holy Rule for Oct. 20
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.
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
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,
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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.