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Holy Rule for Mar. 14

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  • Br. Jerome Leo
    +PAX Prayer Request for Caroline as baby is due and concern about the baby s stomach. For the soul of Anthony and for the healing of the family at this time.
    Message 1 of 143 , Mar 13, 2013
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      Prayer Request for Caroline as baby is due and concern about the baby's
      For the soul of Anthony and for the healing of the family at this time.
      Praise Reports;
      1. John's success in his employment .
      2. Successful & safe journey for family returning from seeing thier son
      completing Boot Camp for the Navy.
      3. Healing taking place in Bob's back.
      4. Increase attendance at daily Mass & at the Adoration Chapel.

      Prayers for Paul, struggling (and losing, it seems) with brain cancer; and for his wife and family.

      Prayers for a friend of Ballarion who was severely beaten in January of this year. Presently he is having serious medical problems due to a cracked skull, hearing loss and eye damage due to being repeatedly struck in the head. Healing prayers, please.

      Deo gratias, Craig and Elaine sold their house and will be moving to BC soon

      Prayers for Scott, numerous problems aftert colostomy surgery.

      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 14, July 14, November 13
      Chapter 35: On the Weekly Servers in the Kitchen

      An hour before the meal let the weekly servers each receive a drink
      and some bread over and above the appointed allowance, in order
      that at the meal time they may serve their brethren without
      murmuring and without excessive fatigue. On solemn days, however,
      let them wait until after Mass.

      Immediately after the Morning Office on Sunday, the incoming and
      outgoing servers shall prostrate themselves before all the brethren
      in the oratory and ask their prayers. Let the server who is ending
      his week say this verse: "Blessed are You, O Lord God, who have
      helped me and consoled me." When this has been said three times and
      the outgoing server has received his blessing, then let the
      incoming server follow and say, "Incline unto my aid, O God; O
      Lord, make haste to help me." Let this also be repeated three times
      by all, and having received his blessing let him enter his service.


      Families, and parents and caregivers, listen up! There's an
      important lesson here. No task is too small to be blessed by
      prayer. More than that, no task is so easy that it can be done
      without God's help, so remember to thank Him. Of ourselves, we can
      do nothing, literally nothing. All our strength and power comes from God.

      Making dinner or washing the dishes? Take a quiet moment in the
      midst of either to say "Help!" and "Thanks!" Two simple, one word
      prayers. No matter how chaotic your household, everyone will find
      time for at least that. God knows the details, knows your heart and
      can readily fill in the blanks! We may think God needs essay-length
      prayers, but He doesn't. He may enjoy hearing from us, but trust
      me, we NEVER tell Him anything that's news to Him.

      This chapter is not simply the humility and charity of service, it
      is also the honest acknowledgment of complete helplessness without
      God. For most folks, only sickness or debility will teach them
      that. It may seem like nothing to bend down and pick up a pin off
      the floor until a bad back makes that impossible. Handicaps hone
      our perceptions of being in charge very, very well.

      Of course, there is another side to simple things like serving
      table, picking up pins and the like. One could not have done
      anything without God's help, but ah, if one does them out of love
      and care! Bingo! Double coupons, so to speak! If that pin got
      carefully picked up because of a barefoot and running child, or a
      beloved pet who is prone to "tasting" whatever she can find on the
      floor, simplicity becomes a very much greater matter, indeed. Now
      it is very close to the heart of God, and that is a wonderful place
      to be.

      By the way, though some might think me daft for saying this, it is
      not at all that crazy. There is no reason why families could not
      bless whomever is assigned to a domestic task for a week or month
      or whatever. A simple prayer asking God to help them serve us all
      and get over any rough times could be tastefully done without a lot
      of fuss. This could really help drive home the message of the worthwhile
      merit to be had in doing small things with love!

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      Petersham, MA

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    • Br. Jerome Leo
      +PAX Prayers, please, for the following, and for all their families and all who take care of them: Barbara, dementia worsening, major meltdown on Friday, and
      Message 143 of 143 , Jun 1, 2013
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        Prayers, please, for the following, and for all their families and all who take care of them:

        Barbara, dementia worsening, major meltdown on Friday, and for her husband, Jim.

        a member of Jane's family newly diagnosed with cancer.

        Al. His vision is critical to his work. He had cataract surgery and now the lens that was implanted will have to be removed Monday and replaced with a new one. Doc says there is a high risk of a detached retina. Please pray that God will guide the surgeon's hands and for complete healing.

        Denise, that she get her marriage blessed and return to the Sacraments.

        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 1, June 2, October 2
        Chapter 7: On Humility

        The fourth degree of humility
        is that he hold fast to patience with a silent mind
        when in this obedience he meets with difficulties
        and contradictions
        and even any kind of injustice,
        enduring all without growing weary or running away.
        For the Scripture says,
        "The one who perseveres to the end,
        is the one who shall be saved" (Matt. 10:22);
        and again
        "Let your heart take courage, and wait for the Lord" (Ps. 26:14)!

        And to show how those who are faithful
        ought to endure all things, however contrary, for the Lord,
        the Scripture says in the person of the suffering,
        "For Your sake we are put to death all the day long;
        we are considered as sheep marked for slaughter" (Ps. 43:22; Rom.
        Then, secure in their hope of a divine recompense,
        they go on with joy to declare,
        "But in all these trials we conquer,
        through Him who has granted us His love" (Rom. 8:37).
        Again, in another place the Scripture says,
        "You have tested us, O God;
        You have tried us a silver is tried, by fire;
        You have brought us into a snare;
        You have laid afflictions on our back" (Matt. 5:39-41).
        And to show that we ought to be under a Superior,
        it goes on to say,
        "You have set men over our heads" (Ps. 65:12).

        Moreover, by their patience
        those faithful ones fulfill the Lord's command
        in adversities and injuries:
        when struck on one cheek, they offer the other;
        when deprived of their tunic, they surrender also their cloak;
        when forced to go a mile, they go two;
        with the Apostle Paul they bear with false brethren (2 Cor. 11:26)
        and bless those who curse them (1 Cor. 4:12).


        Be careful how you read this fourth step of patience. It is an ideal,
        presented in its most flawless form. It is not an unreachable goal, but neither
        should we expect significant progress before noon today. It is our call and
        our vocation, but it is a lifelong task.

        The danger for schleps like me is that this step can give one an image
        of a perfect, 1950's TV sitcom Mom: shirt dress, high heels and pearls as
        everyday wear, cookies and milk always forthcoming in a kitchen as clean
        as a surgical suite and never a hair out of place. Full make-up on rising
        and wears hat and matching gloves to shop. PUHLEEEZE! Give me a break.
        Real patience in action is not at all like that.

        Patience in action is a fierce struggle. Never think that it's easy for
        others and therefore something is wrong with you: it isn't easy
        for anyone. One of the biggest flaws of the "I'm OK and you are
        not..." school of ministry is that it makes people think exactly
        this. "It's easy for her and there's something terribly wrong with
        me." Neither is true.

        The Rule and Scriptures were meant for strugglers. They were written
        for real, average people, halt and lame, battle-scarred veterans like
        you and me, for people who have weathered life, but barely. Hey,
        there may be cookies and milk, but you'll probably have to get the
        plate yourself and brush aside a LOT of blood, sweat and tears to
        find one. Oh, and please drink the milk fast and take as much as you
        can... the fridge broke today.

        Patience is surely one of the most important fuels that perseverance
        runs on, but don't be surprised if it often is not very high octane!
        Neither should it surprise you if your engine is not a slant V-8, but
        rather a very cheap lawnmower that has trouble starting. Patience
        is ENDURANCE, not ease. It may, after years of struggle, confer a
        great peace and serenity, but it rarely, if ever, feels like that in
        the middle of things.

        Brother Patrick Creamer, OSB, of Saint Leo Abbey in Florida, taught
        me patience and perseverance. He was able to do so because he was so
        transparent about his own struggles. Many others tried to tell me how
        hard it was, but their lack of candor made me dismiss their warnings
        as tokenism. It certainly didn't seem to be hard for them. I couldn't
        believe them. Patrick, my late and beloved mentor, was so very different.

        Patrick entered the monastery in 1954, when he was 40, after a long
        career at sea. He missed being at sea so much (and for so long!) that
        it magnified many of the every day crosses of monastic life. Abbot
        Marion, who loved brothers and had a very tender spot for them, used
        to send Patrick to the beach for a weekend occasionally, in years
        when that sort of thing didn't often happen. Abbot Marion was wise enough
        to know he'd lose Patrick if he didn't get a salt air fix now and then.

        Even the beach trips were not enough alone. Patrick told me he was
        tempted to leave every single day for ten years. Patrick, when I
        lived with him, literally stayed packed with a hidden suitcase for
        years and boasted of his ability to be gone in an hour. As a novice,
        my heart used to be selfishly in my throat. I wanted him to go, if
        that was what he was supposed to do, but I really didn't want to lose

        I can also tell you that, during the worst
        of those years, Patrick helped scores of folks who came to him, because a
        transparently wounded person usually can. I can also tell you that
        Brother Patrick finally decided to stay: when he was 83 or so!! What a
        witness of hope that was to me, to others struggling like me.

        Please, let us all be given patience. But when we get it, however
        little at a time, let NONE of us be "perfect" TV Moms. Let us all be Patricks,
        let us show others how terribly hard, yet doable it can be.

        Patrick held forth from his infirmary room until his death
        at two weeks short of 90. A steady stream of visitors never waned.
        On the head of his bed and on the shaving mirror over his sink were
        two small notes, written in his own inimitable hand: "Lord, let me
        come to You." They broke my heart the first time I saw them. I still
        didn't want to lose him. But I know how right he was and how richly he
        deserves that loving embrace for which he so patiently waited.

        Love and prayers,
        Jerome LEO, OSB (again and again you'll see why I took the second
        Petersham, MA

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