Holy Rule for Oct. 26
Prayers for the eternal rest of the two adults and one child killed in rioting in Panama, and for all their families and all who mourn them.
Prayers, please, for the eternal rest of Sandy, 62, and for her husband, family and all who mourn her.
Prayers, please, for the spiritual and temporal wellbeing of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:
Abigail, abducted by a convicted sex offender and still missing.
Joey's parents, on their 43rd wedding anniversary, and for his Dad, turning 91 on Oct. 31, many more years and graces together.
the 9 year old girl we prayed for is doing better, Deo gratias, but still in critical condition, continued prayers, please.
Genny. Echo tests Friday morning to determine amount of leakage in a heart valve.
Brian, received a promotion and challenging charge to correct a dysfunctional situation at work in 6 months' time.
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 25, June 26, October 26
Chapter 19: On the Manner of Saying the Divine Office
We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and that "the
eyes of the Lord are looking on the good and the evil in every
place" (Prov. 15:3). But we should believe this especially without
any doubt when we are assisting at the Work of God. To that end let
us be mindful always of the Prophet's words, "Serve the Lord in
fear" (Ps. 2:11) and again "Sing praises wisely" (Ps. 46:8) and "In
the sight of the Angels I will sing praise to You" (Ps. 137:1).
Let us therefore consider how we ought to conduct ourselves in
sight of the Godhead and of His Angels, and let us take part in the
psalmody in such a way that our mind may be in harmony with our
If there were any phrase I could carve on the walls of every choir
in the Order, it would be: "In the sight of the Angels I will sing
praise to You." It stresses not only the lofty character (and
cast!) of our sacrifices of praise, but also the demeanor we should
have in offering them.
We are in the presence of the Angels, yet we sometimes
easily forget that our brothers and sisters are each worth
infinitely more than aesthetics, than music, than rubric. We must
love people more than those!
Dump on your sister or brother in the name of such things and you
have missed the Bridegroom and married the Wedding March. Don't be
too surprised if you find the Wedding March to be a less than
thrilling spouse, a source of frustration rather than peace and joy!
Whenever we use the constructs of rubric or music to hurt or demean
one another, those Angels whose presence we ignore at our peril
weep, and I think God does as well.
The Presence of God that we miss so often should change our
demeanour. Students act differently (usually worse, alas...) for a substitute
teacher. Employees are different when the boss is off for the day.
These assortments of different behavior are pretty much shot
through the human condition, though not necessarily always a good
The message here is no masks. Know Him in Whose presence and House
you are. But really KNOW Him. That can take a lifetime of trying on
and shedding as false different modes of conduct.
God is Parent and Creator and we are always creatures, but we are
not always children. We have to grow to the adult relationship with
God that fortunate children eventually share with their parents.
(If we never got to do this with our parents, and many haven't, establishing
honesty with God is going to perhaps be a bit of a chore... Keep trying!)
As we grow in our knowledge of God, our behavior around Him (and we
are ALWAYS "around Him", that's another clear message of the Holy
Rule!) changes. It becomes more real and more natural. It changes
with a very clear eye to Whom God is and who we are. It changes
from knowledge born of love and security.
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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