Holy Rule for Nov. 7
I accidnetally sent Nov. 7 yesterday, this is Nov. 6 to catch up. BJL
Please pray for healing for Andrew has been Diagnosed with a brain Tumor and has had multiple seizures because of it. At this time they are uncertain of the diagnosis due to the fact that the pathology report has not come back. Prognosis is not looking very good.
Update: Bella, the little girl with the shotgun wound has been moved to rehab and is now able to stand with the aid of a cane and can take a few steps with people supporting her front and back. She has a toxic level of lead in her system from the buckshot that remains in her and they have decided that they will not do any more surgery to remove the remaining 40 or so pellets still in her. Please continue prayers for healing.
Prayers for the US election today. May God's will be done.
Please pray for healing for Angel, 10 months. He is going in Thursday Nov. 8 for some corrective surgery on the male anatomy.
Please pray for Elaine's sister Charlene. She was just told that she might have breast cancer and they are sending her for tests. Tests in Canada usually require weeks and sometimes months. The doctor got her in tomorrow at 11am so it looks quite serious at this point. Prayers please that she does not have cancer.
Prayers continued for Eileen, for whom we prayed, she now has a twisted bowel.
Prayers for the eternal rest of Marianne, 88, for whom we prayed, and for all her family, esp. her sister, Joyce, and for all who mourn her.
Prayer for Mike andf Skip, his dog, both were attacked by a pit bull and injured, and for Joanne, his wife.
Deo gratias, prayers for newborn Elizabeth Rose and her parents and grandparents.
Deo gratias, prayers for Rob and his wife and their newboen daughter.
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 7, July 7, November 6
Chapter 30: How Boys Are to Be Corrected
Every age and degree of understanding
should have its proper measure of discipline.
With regard to boys and adolescents, therefore,
or those who cannot understand the seriousness
of the penalty of excommunication,
whenever such as these are delinquent
let them be subjected to severe fasts
or brought to terms by harsh beatings,
that they may be cured.
We are, after all, creatures of our own age, for better or worse.
Every age has its hotspots and button-pushers, so it should amaze no
one that many freak out immediately on the phrase "harsh beatings." ("Calm
down now, breathe deeply. Paramedics will be here any minute
now..Try not to speak...We'll see if we can get that dosage adjusted
for you so you won't have these dreadful fugues anymore...")
Don't let our own age's revulsion at corporal punishment (which was
thought perfectly sane when St. Benedict wrote,) blind you to the
pearl of great price herein. "Every age and degree of understanding
should have its proper measure of discipline."
Probably unintentional (but the Holy Spirit can sneak a lot of His
stuff into our words,) is the poetic ambiguity of the words "every
age." That can mean all ages of an individual AND all ages of
history. Quite evidently, the best minds of our own age no longer
subscribe to beating sense into someone as a terribly useful method.
So we affirm that and move on to the good stuff here.
The good stuff is personalism in the extreme. Every person is
different at every stage of their lives and every age in which people
are born produces different people. We are different from the
generations before us because everything that formed us was NOT
identical to the external forces which formed our elders.
Think of the people you have thought were mean. I'll bet that there
is a statistically significant trend among them, a tendency to "one
size fits all" in punishment. Not so, folks, not so. Any who think
that one size fits all certainly couldn't hold
such a position if they were actually looking at the person before
St. Benedict wants us to look at the person at all times, not just in
figuring out a punishment or discipline. Look at the person, LOOK,
really look at the other. Why? because in the confusing mosaic of all
those others we shall see Christ, to Whom we must prefer nothing,
because He is really, truly there. Over time and with struggles, that
kaleidoscopic mess of bits will emerge into a truest portrait, even if
only in Heaven. We shall, when we see Christ at last, recognize Him
better and at once because of all His people who have given us
glimpses, no matter how slight.
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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