Holy Rule for Oct. 23
Prayers, please, for the spiritual and temporal wellbeing of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Carol, seeing doc for a cardiology exam for some problems.
Brittany, not feeeling well, seeing a doctor and hoping she comes out all OK.
a 9 year old girl mistakenly shot with a shotgun by her cousin. She has already had part of her bowel removed but still has at least 30 pellets in her. The doctors don't know if any of them hit her spine yet as the swelling is quite bad. She is being kept under sedation. The family is asking for prayers for both the granddaughter & the cousin.
L. who will be having surgery on Thursday for a prolapsed bladder.
Kelly, newly diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer and for his family and friends who care deeply for him.
Gina for whom prayers have been offered in the past, she is being wrongfully charged for child abuse based on lies told by a manipulated child and his very disturbed mother. Please pray the court hears both sides of the story and learns the truth....very stressful time for her and her family.
1-yr old Logan, who is again hospitalized and needs more heart surgery;
Patrick, that he finds employment;
Dee, who has terminal brain cancer;
Earl, who has terminal brain cancer.
Cheryl, that she find suitable fulltime office work.
Page-Ann, mammogram and now awaiting biopsy, and for her husband, Bob.
Edna, family problems.
E and C that they find a really nice place to rent when their house sells where they are both happy. Pray that they successfully follow their budget plan and are debt free within a year.
Deo gratias: Stratford got to walk his daughter down the aisle and even went to the recptions afterwards.
Deo gratias, Judy is coming out of her dpression and even going back to school.
Deo gratias, Susan's pnemonia has abated. Continued prayers for her and Stratford and Judy.
Prayers, please, for the eternal rest of James, on the anniversary of his death,
and for all who mourn him.
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 22, June 23, October 23
Chapter 18: In What Order the Psalms Are to Be Said
At Terce, Sext and None on Monday let the nine remaining sections
of Psalm 118 be said,
three at each of these Hours.
Psalm 118 having been completed, therefore, on two days, Sunday and
Monday, let the nine Psalms from Psalm 119 to Psalm 127 be said at
Terce, Sext and None, three at each Hour, beginning with Tuesday.
And let these same Psalms be repeated every day until Sunday at the
same Hours, while the arrangement of hymns, lessons and verses is
kept the same on all days; and thus Prime on Sunday will always
begin with Psalm 118.
Running psalmody, that is, reciting the Psalms in numerical order,
no matter what came next, was a very common ancient monastic
practice. Since one of the principles behind the Psalter was to "get
it all in" in the space of a week, that running psalmody was a
consequence. St. Benedict obviously had some of that on his mind:
he goes from detailed directions about the spacing of the longest
Psalm, 118, right into assigning the next 9 to the minor hours
which are repeated throughout the week from Tuesday to Saturday.
As a result, one could safely say that there is nothing specific to
the time of day as such about these Psalms, but that is not
entirely correct. These nine Psalms from 119-127 are gradual
Psalms, pilgrimage songs. They were sung by the Jews as they were
to Jerusalem. They are filled with the tension of anticipation and
possession of God's Temple and His blessings, they are songs
of "already" and "not yet".
The gradual Psalms are short, compact units, easily memorized.
Read through these Psalms and picture yourself saying
them in a distant field, with the Abbey in view, but far away. Get
the idea? The pilgrim songs that speak of already AND not yet were the
perfect thing for monastics to say in such circumstances.
Jerusalem, the House of God, was both a distant view and a complete
possession, since ALL of the monastery is the House of God.
It is easy, terribly easy, to forget that we live "in the House of
God." We do, all monastics do, Oblates do, everyone does. It IS
God's world. Being reminded of this by those Psalms of journeying
is a great idea. Our feet really are "standing within your gates, O
Jerusalem!" yet we also see it as from a distance. We look from
afar and see that Jerusalem is a city compact, a unity of peace and
order. Who has seen a monastery on a hill and not had similar
Even the accidental end of the sequence (which continues in
Vespers,) has a wonderful application. "Blessed are those who fear
the Lord, who walk in His ways!" It recounts the joys and
protections of a life lived for God and ends with the plea: "On
Israel, peace!" Just
picture yourself saying that at the end of a hard day's work in the
field, looking at back Abbey Church, the safe home of gathered
family and choir. Not shabby!
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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