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Nov. 24

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  • russophile2002
    +PAX Sorry I missed yesterday- could t have made it to the airport otherwise.... Prayers, please for: Richard and Anthony, contentious court hearing today,
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 24, 2003

      Sorry I missed yesterday- could't have made it to the airport

      Prayers, please for: Richard and Anthony, contentious court hearing
      today, Nona G., 82 and fighting for her life, and for her family, for
      Mark R., a young father facing heart valve replacement surgery, for
      Maria, whom we prayed for some while ago; leg problems developing
      after her spinal tumor surgery, for someone with a slow-growth brain
      cancer, for Kevin, serious 30 foot fall, 2 broken ribs, punctured
      lung and fractured 3rd vertebrae, for John, on-going post-colonoscopy
      tests, for B.C., seeking counselling work, and for the vocation of

      Special prayers to the Holy Spirit for our nuns here, who will elect
      anew prioress tomorrow. God's will is best. All is mercy and grace.
      Thanks so much! JL

      March 25, July 25, November 24
      Chapter 45: On Those Who Make Mistakes in the Oratory

      When anyone has made a mistake
      while reciting a Psalm, a responsory,
      an antiphon or a lesson,
      if he does not humble himself there before all
      by making a satisfaction,
      let him undergo a greater punishment
      because he would not correct by humility
      what he did wrong through carelessness.

      But boys for such faults shall be whipped.


      Calm down, we don't whip anybody anymore. It has too often been my
      experience that such lines push all the buttons of some readers these
      days and blind them to the rest of the good stuff there. We don't
      whip now, they did 1,500 years ago, heck, they did ONE hundred years
      ago: everyone else did, too. Let's not get so mired in the
      sensitivities of our own time that we forget how terribly recent some
      of them are.

      As I have mentioned before, in our house we do kneel in the center
      when late for choir or table, then bow to the superior and go to our
      place. We also kneel when we make audible mistakes in Church. And
      yes, those things, as I pointed out, can be very useful.

      But most Oblates do not have a refectory or choir to kneel in, so
      what's here for the majority of us? The grace of humility, without
      which communal life on any level, in monastery, workplace, market or
      home would be unlivable. Check out some of the lyrics of Shaker
      hymns. They feature LOADS of messages about getting along without
      murder. One speaks of not being stubborn like the oak, but of being
      like the willow who can bend!

      Every single human community or whatever sort is going to have its
      share of jerks, strays, losers and crosses. Every one without fail
      will mirror in some sense the fallen brokenness of humanity. Our job
      is to see to it that we are part of the solution, not part of the
      problem. When, through whatever means, we become part of the problem,
      we must own up to it at once and smooth it over as best and as
      quickly as we can.

      If you can't say "I'm sorry.", for God's sake- quite literally- start
      practicing alone in front of a mirror until the words can somehow
      tumble out in public. Until they can, try some useful (though not
      perfect,) substitutes, like "Excuse me," or "It was my fault." Work
      on words of forgiveness, too, like: "It doesn't matter," or "Oh,
      that's OK,".

      Strive to make light of things. There will never be any
      shortage whatever of people who will explode and magnify things out
      of all rational proportion, so don't duplicate services! Join the
      minority and try to prevent hurricanes in teacups, rather than
      produce them.

      Most outrage, most lack of apology, most tempests in teacups stem
      from a distorted an unhealthy view of the self. Humility corrects
      that imbalance. While you're in front of the mirror practicing
      apology, why not try a bit of self-interview. WHY do these things or
      persons upset you so? What do you have in common with those who annoy
      you most? Most important, just who the heck ARE you that your
      perceived slights are such a big deal? Try reminding yourself that He
      is God and you are not. Honest reflection on these points may be a
      big and promising start.

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      Petersham, MA
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