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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 144 , Mar 13, 2013

      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 for the at least 37 killed and 15 injured in a plane crash in Kyrgyzstan. For the eternal rest of the dead, the recovery of the wounded and for
      Message 144 of 144 , Jan 16



        Prayers for the at least 37 killed and 15 injured in a plane crash in Kyrgyzstan. For the eternal rest of the dead, the recovery of the wounded and for the families of all. Prayers, too, for those who lost homes or property, half of the village was destroyed by the crash.


        The Salesians invite all to join them in praying a novena to Mary Immaculate, Help of Christians, for the release of kidnapped Fr. Tom in Yemen. The novena is from January 15-23.


        Prayers for the eternal rest of JP. For whom we prayed, and for all his family, especially his son, and all who mourn him.


        Prayers for John, facing two hours of dental implant surgery on Tuesday, may all go well and may he recover quickly.


        Prayers for Donna, on her birthday, graces galore and many more, ad multos annos!


        Prayers for the eternal rest of Br. Augustine, 58, of the Maronite monks in Petersham, Holy Trinity Monastery, and for his Community, family and all who mourn him.


        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.

        January 17, May 18, September 17
        Chapter 3: On Calling the Brethren for Counsel

        In all things, therefore, let all follow the Rule as guide,
        and let no one be so rash as to deviate from it.
        Let no one in the monastery follow his own heart's fancy;
        and let no one presume to contend with his Abbot
        in an insolent way or even outside of the monastery.
        But if anyone should presume to do so,
        let him undergo the discipline of the Rule.
        At the same time,
        the Abbot himself should do all things in the fear of God
        and in observance of the Rule,
        knowing that beyond a doubt
        he will have to render an account of all his decisions
        to God, the most just Judge.

        But if the business to be done in the interests of the monastery
        be of lesser importance,
        let him take counsel with the seniors only.
        It is written,
        "Do everything with counsel,
        and you will not repent when you have done it" (Eccles. 32:24).


        The key here is not to contend insolently; there is no proscription
        against telling the Abbot one feels something is amiss, so long as it
        is done respectfully and humbly. We are Benedictines, not fascists;
        we have a Father, not a Fuhrer.

        Human nature being what it is, people are usually more prone to cite
        the Abbot's responsibility to seek counsel than they are to cite the
        equally important proscription against contending with one's Abbot!
        There's a cure for that and many other ills buried within this
        chapter, a telling phrase whose observance promises peace. That
        little gem urges the monastics not to follow their "own heart's

        Follow that gem and peace abounds! For one thing, whether abbot or
        monastic, parent or child, boss or employee, the focus of the
        relationship ceases to become self. None of us is anywhere near the
        big deal we'd either like to be or think ourselves to be! Much of
        what seems earth-shattering to us is really small stuff, indeed.

        This is so important to monastic struggle because it is so intricately
        interwoven with detachment and holy indifference. We must learn how
        to hold onto our inner peace, how to safeguard it from damage at the
        hands of trivia. An abject TERRIBLE day for us, one when we are so
        hurt or angry that the world seems to have stopped, is just another average
        day for the rest of the community. Until, of course we decide we ARE
        the center of the universe and ruin it for them... Cling to that
        knowledge of trivia and less will suffer!

        At that point of recognizing trivia, truth and therefore, humility
        enter into the equation. We need very good "trivia
        detectors" and their default setting must be aimed at ourselves,
        rarely cast elsewhere except in cases of really great need. We can
        keep those detectors more than amply busy just in our own hearts
        and wills! We need to know deception, falsity, trivia, but it is
        essential to know them first in ourselves.

        If these good tools of detection are aimed only at others, the result
        will be pride and a fall, not humility and truth. Jesus said "I am
        the Truth," and to Him we must prefer nothing. Hence, our first
        desire must always be the truth and the truth is that the earth does
        not revolve around us as an axis!

        Our age, particularly, has embraced the idea of "Follow your bliss!"
        Well, maybe...sometimes.... but maybe not, too. Our "bliss" is no
        guarantee of infallibility. Years ago, and for many years of my life,
        I thought my "bliss" would be very different from where I finally wound up.

        As a handy rule of thumb, I would say that the will of God quite
        often looks nothing like bliss at first. Hence, confusing bliss with
        the divine will can be very risky. The will of God often BECOMES
        bliss when we are in the midst of following it, or in hindsight, but we
        frequently have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into that compliance!

        Love and prayers,
        Jerome, OSB
        Petersham, MA




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