Holy Rule for Nov. 9
Please pray that Charlene is able to get in for all the tests she needs and that she does not have cancer or anything seriously wrong.
Genny's Doc called with the news that she has some damage to her heart... possibly for a heart attack. Four hours of testing today to determine how much damage there is. Please pray for healing and peace... she is terrified.
Prayers for a musically gifted seminarian who has acid reflux and now polyps in his throat which may affect his vocal cords.
Prayers for the United States and all those elected in the election Tuesday, may God guide us all.
Prayers for Alice and her husband that they are able to quit smoking so their health insurance will not go up $100 more per month;
Prayers for Paige needs a new job;
Special intention BB, and JS -- difficult study and career situation
Special intention for Beverly
continued prayers for Arjahn -- health issues and conversion of life.
Deo gratias for past prayers answered.
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 10, July 10, November 9
Chapter 32: On the Tools and Property of the Monastery
For the care of the monastery's property
in tools, clothing and other articles
let the Abbess appoint sisters
on whose manner of life and character she can rely;
and let her, as she shall judge to be expedient,
consign the various articles to them,
to be looked after and to be collected again.
The Abbess shall keep a list of these articles,
as the sisters succeed one another in their assignments
she may know what she gives and what she receives back.
If anyone treats the monastery's property
in a slovenly or careless way,
let her be corrected.
If she fails to amend,
let her undergo the discipline of the Rule.
As I watched myself become more careful of water during our last
drought, I began to reflect on the wastefulness of modern life in many
areas. Actually, we didn't do that much to conserve. Most of what we
did was simply trying to avoid the levels of waste to which we had
Well, that's something we should be doing with everything, not just
water, and it should be done because we do not own things that all
people need outright. How different we would have been in the first
place, if we, like so many in the world, had to walk to a single
shared water tap a couple of miles away twice a day or maybe even
just once! And then- oh, horrors!- stand in line for a couple of
hours before drawing our heavy water and hauling it home on foot. Or
maybe, as for millions, there is no tap at all.
Americans in particular can equate lack of waste with stinginess.
It's a terrible view of things, but deeply rooted. Consumerist
society encourages waste because it fuels profits for the few at the
top. Sad that many below cannot be made to see that when we waste, we
are cheating ourselves, in more ways than one: ecologically,
economically AND spiritually. Waste is a lack of mindfulness for
The reasons which have subtly taught us to live with criminal waste
as if it were nothing are false, totally false. Waste is not luxury, it
denies others. Why live a lie? We do not live on a planet of infinite resources.
Monasteries and homes are microcosms of the universe. We must never
look at conservation as if our actions alone will advance the rise or
prevent the fall. They very well may do neither. What our actions CAN
do is limit our complicity. That is the only safe rationale for
Every drop of fresh water makes the ocean less salty, though its a
fair bet that the Atlantic will remain saline, indeed, in spite of
our efforts! That's not the point. God sees
our efforts and good intentions, not judging on results.
He knows we cannot change things single-handedly. No average citizen
alone could have stopped the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, but some
chose not to be in any way part of it, often at the cost of their
lives. See what I mean? A wealth of opportunity in choice awaits all
That treasure of choice awaits us in every single area of decision,
many, many more times than we are aware of ordinarily. The Pearl of
great price we can buy with our choices is Christ Himself, Who always
waits for us discreetly behind the good!
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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