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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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.