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  • russophile2002
    +PAX Prayers, please, for Mrs. Crilly, recovering from an auto accident, also for Frances, 91, pneumonia, and for Peg, who also is hospitalized for pneumonia;
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      Prayers, please, for Mrs. Crilly, recovering from an auto accident,
      also for Frances, 91, pneumonia, and for Peg, who also is
      hospitalized for pneumonia; for Crimmy, terminal melanoma and
      cirrhosis, and for Anne, giving a kidney to her daughter-in-law,
      Martha. Prayers, too, for Beth H., lump on her breast, and for all
      who asked for these prayers! God's will is best! All is mercy and
      grace. Thanks so much. JL

      January 13, May 14, September 13
      Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

      In her teaching
      the Abbess should always follow the Apostle's formula:
      "Reprove, entreat, rebuke" (2 Tim. 4:2);
      threatening at one time and coaxing at another
      as the occasion may require,
      showing now the stern countenance of a mistress,
      now the loving affection of a mother.
      That is to say,
      it is the undisciplined and restless
      whom she must reprove rather sharply;
      it is the obedient, meek and patient
      whom she must entreat to advance in virtue;
      while as for the negligent and disdainful,
      these we charge her to rebuke and correct.

      And let her not shut her eyes to the faults of offenders;
      but, since she has the authority,
      let her cut out those faults by the roots
      as soon as they begin to appear,
      remembering the fate of Heli, the priest of Silo (1 Kings 2-4).
      The well-disposed and those of good understanding
      let her correct with verbal admonition the first and second time.
      But bold, hard, proud and disobedient characters
      she should curb at the very beginning of their ill-doing
      by stripes and other bodily punishments,
      knowing that it is written,
      "the fool is not corrected with words" (Prov. 18:2; 29:19),
      and again,
      "Beat your son with the rod,
      and you will deliver his soul from death"(Prov. 23:13-14).

      REFLECTION

      As our world grows more populated and less personalist, "One size
      fits all" becomes a favorite chant of marketing. We all know that's
      usually not true, and it is surely not true of parenting or
      governing, as St. Benedict points out. This chapter firmly
      contradicts the lie of such marketing. We are all individuals, all
      treasures with different needs. Generic brand parenting will not do.

      I was a miserable failure at discipline when teaching high school
      sophomore English. I am sure it is an experience neither they nor I
      would like to repeat. I tried to treat them like college students or
      adults, a point they had not reached. In my naivete, I expected them
      to respond. When they didn't, matters escalated between us, but not
      into anything that did much good. I was terribly at fault: I didn't
      see who they were, I gave them what *I* would have liked to have had,
      but I was already in my mid-thirties with a lot of life experience. I
      wasn't serving their needs, because I didn't know who or what they
      were, nor, in that first year, did I even know how to find out! So,
      like many before me, I substituted what I would want or need and
      proclaimed that would fit all. Wrong! NOT!

      Any abbess or parent who wants to try my way, not St. Benedict's,
      will quickly find that it is as hard on them as it is on their
      charges. My year of high school teaching was hell and I hated it. My
      students hated it, too. It was terrible for both of us at many, many
      points. The light that entered in from time to time, the genuine
      enjoyment of each other was only a flash that appeared rarely, faded
      soon. I pray for those kids (and for those who taught me!) every day
      of my life.

      St. Benedict is not only moderate and balanced, he sees the person
      clearly. He is a personalist of the first rank. Practice his
      principles of government without the checks and balances of this
      portion and you will be very displeased with the results. It
      sometimes takes St. Benedict a while to make his point. Cut him short
      before he has, and you will often wind up very sorry. Always let him
      finish: the whole is a thing of beauty, but the parts may fall far
      short of that.

      My superior, Father Anselm, once wisely commented that most preaching
      is preaching to oneself, meaning that we give others what we need to
      hear. Sadly, I think he's right. I know I have often done that.
      Mercifully, God alone can bring good out of anything, so He can even
      use our wrong-headedness to bring others to Him. He can do that with
      obedience, too, but if we give Him a bit less chaos by following
      Benedict's methods rather than our own, it will be better for all
      concerned.

      To a certain point, some people thrive on a lot of leeway, others do
      not. Some people need rigid order, others will wither under that. A
      superior who is into super control will soon be left with none but
      those who need that and a few conflicted types who can at least
      endure it.

      A superior who is too easy-going can also do harm. Sad is the
      community where the only thing will ever get all the horses back into
      the barn is death, and a few of them exist. They were produced by
      mutual efforts of bad government and bad response.

      This is not so different from the message throughout the Holy Rule:
      eyes on the other, not the self, eyes on God for the good of all!

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
      jeromeleo@...
      Petersham, MA
    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Prayers of Deo gratias for Kristen and Kathryn for whom we prayed. Kristen has finally become pregnant, so now prayers for a safe delivery and a healthy
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        Prayers of Deo gratias for Kristen and Kathryn for whom we prayed. Kristen has finally become pregnant, so now prayers for a safe delivery and a healthy child. Kathryn had her surgery yesterday and a tumor seeming well-contained was removed, while her gall bladder was found to be all right. Continued prayers for her, too!

        Prayers for Bernice, eye problems which need correcting before she can renew her driver's license, eye appointment this morning. Prayers, too, for one in a crisis of faith. God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Alleluia! Thanks so much! JL

        January 13, May 14, September 13
        Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

        In her teaching
        the Abbess should always follow the Apostle's formula:
        "Reprove, entreat, rebuke" (2 Tim. 4:2);
        threatening at one time and coaxing at another
        as the occasion may require,
        showing now the stern countenance of a mistress,
        now the loving affection of a mother.
        That is to say,
        it is the undisciplined and restless
        whom she must reprove rather sharply;
        it is the obedient, meek and patient
        whom she must entreat to advance in virtue;
        while as for the negligent and disdainful,
        these we charge her to rebuke and correct.

        And let her not shut her eyes to the faults of offenders;
        but, since she has the authority,
        let her cut out those faults by the roots
        as soon as they begin to appear,
        remembering the fate of Heli, the priest of Silo (1 Kings 2-4).
        The well-disposed and those of good understanding
        let her correct with verbal admonition the first and second time.
        But bold, hard, proud and disobedient characters
        she should curb at the very beginning of their ill-doing
        by stripes and other bodily punishments,
        knowing that it is written,
        "the fool is not corrected with words" (Prov. 18:2; 29:19),
        and again,
        "Beat your son with the rod,
        and you will deliver his soul from death"(Prov. 23:13-14).

        REFLECTION

        As our world grows more populated and less personalist, "One size
        fits all" becomes a favorite chant of marketing. We all know that's
        usually not true, and it is surely not true of parenting or
        governing, as St. Benedict points out. This chapter firmly
        contradicts the lie of such marketing. We are all individuals, all
        treasures with different needs. Generic brand parenting will not do.

        I was a miserable failure at discipline when teaching high school
        sophomore English. I am sure it is an experience neither they nor I
        would like to repeat. I tried to treat them like college students or
        adults, a point they had not reached. In my naivete, I expected them
        to respond. When they didn't, matters escalated between us, but not
        into anything that did much good. I was terribly at fault: I didn't
        see who they were, I gave them what *I* would have liked to have had,
        but I was already in my mid-thirties with a lot of life experience. I
        wasn't serving their needs, because I didn't know who or what they
        were, nor, in that first year, did I even know how to find out! So,
        like many before me, I substituted what I would want or need and
        proclaimed that would fit all. Wrong! NOT!

        Any abbess or parent who wants to try my way, not St. Benedict's,
        will quickly find that it is as hard on them as it is on their
        charges. My year of high school teaching was hell and I hated it. My
        students hated it, too. It was terrible for both of us at many, many
        points. The light that entered in from time to time, the genuine
        enjoyment of each other was only a flash that appeared rarely, faded
        soon. I pray for those kids (and for those who taught me!) every day
        of my life.

        St. Benedict is not only moderate and balanced, he sees the person
        clearly. He is a personalist of the first rank. Practice his
        principles of government without the checks and balances of this
        portion and you will be very displeased with the results. It
        sometimes takes St. Benedict a while to make his point. Cut him short
        before he has, and you will often wind up very sorry. Always let him
        finish: the whole is a thing of beauty, but the parts may fall far
        short of that.

        My superior, Father Anselm, once wisely commented that most preaching
        is preaching to oneself, meaning that we give others what we need to
        hear. Sadly, I think he's right. I know I have often done that.
        Mercifully, God alone can bring good out of anything, so He can even
        use our wrong-headedness to bring others to Him. He can do that with
        obedience, too, but if we give Him a bit less chaos by following
        Benedict's methods rather than our own, it will be better for all
        concerned.

        To a certain point, some people thrive on a lot of leeway, others do
        not. Some people need rigid order, others will wither under that. A
        superior who is into super control will soon be left with none but
        those who need that and a few conflicted types who can at least
        endure it.

        A superior who is too easy-going can also do harm. Sad is the
        community where the only thing will ever get all the horses back into
        the barn is death, and a few of them exist. They were produced by
        mutual efforts of bad government and bad response.

        This is not so different from the message throughout the Holy Rule:
        eyes on the other, not the self, eyes on God for the good of all!

        Love and prayers,
        Jerome, OSB
        http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
        jeromeleo@...
        Petersham, MA

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      • Jerry Lee
        +PAX Prayers, please, for Judy, series of mini-strokes, and for her family, prayer for Bill, hospitalized with severe pulmonary disease, for his sister, Sr.
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          Prayers, please, for Judy, series of mini-strokes, and for her family, prayer for Bill, hospitalized with severe pulmonary disease, for his sister, Sr. Roberta, and all their family. Prayers, too, for the happy death and eternal rest of Fran, mother of Sr. Mary David, who has gone to God, and for all her family. More Deo gratias and thanks: Angie, for whom we prayed, is already back at work. A very speedy recovery! Deo gratias for Katy, 88, for whom we prayed, had her ankle repaired with a plate and 8 screws. Now she has to go to a nursing home for several weeks to convalesce and she is terribly apprehensive about that, so continued prayers, please. Prayers a small dog, Kelly, a Katrina rescue, who is now lost in a strange terrain. A small dog, she will be no match for the predators if not found soon, and for her worried owners. Prayers for Jack, having a second detached retina surgery, and active man who volunteers for building houses for the disadvantaged (Habitat for Humanity,) he is eager to get this resolved and get back to work, prayers for his doctor and all his family. Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of Jeannette, having her life support turned off in an hour or so, she had been in a terrible car accident, also for Herman, her husband and all her family. Prayers, too, for Brian, who will be wheelchair-bound due to advanced spinal cancer, and for Ros, his wife and all his family. Prayers for a man who walked away from his home and has not been heard from for over 24 hours. Prayers for a Viet Nam veteran apparently having serious mental delusional problems. Lord, help us 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 13, May 14, September 13
          Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

          In her teaching
          the Abbess should always follow the Apostle's formula:
          "Reprove, entreat, rebuke" (2 Tim. 4:2);
          threatening at one time and coaxing at another
          as the occasion may require,
          showing now the stern countenance of a mistress,
          now the loving affection of a mother.
          That is to say,
          it is the undisciplined and restless
          whom she must reprove rather sharply;
          it is the obedient, meek and patient
          whom she must entreat to advance in virtue;
          while as for the negligent and disdainful,
          these we charge her to rebuke and correct.

          And let her not shut her eyes to the faults of offenders;
          but, since she has the authority,
          let her cut out those faults by the roots
          as soon as they begin to appear,
          remembering the fate of Heli, the priest of Silo (1 Kings 2-4).
          The well-disposed and those of good understanding
          let her correct with verbal admonition the first and second time.
          But bold, hard, proud and disobedient characters
          she should curb at the very beginning of their ill-doing
          by stripes and other bodily punishments,
          knowing that it is written,
          "the fool is not corrected with words" (Prov. 18:2; 29:19),
          and again,
          "Beat your son with the rod,
          and you will deliver his soul from death"(Prov. 23:13-14).

          REFLECTION

          As our world grows more populated and less personalist, "One size
          fits all" becomes a favorite chant of marketing. We all know that's
          usually not true, and it is surely not true of parenting or
          governing, as St. Benedict points out. This chapter firmly
          contradicts the lie of such marketing. We are all individuals, all
          treasures with different needs. Generic brand parenting will not do.

          I was a miserable failure at discipline when teaching high school
          sophomore English. I am sure it is an experience neither they nor I
          would like to repeat. I tried to treat them like college students or
          adults, a point they had not reached. In my naivete, I expected them
          to respond. When they didn't, matters escalated between us, but not
          into anything that did much good. I was terribly at fault: I didn't
          see who they were, I gave them what *I* would have liked to have had,
          but I was already in my mid-thirties with a lot of life experience. I
          wasn't serving their needs, because I didn't know who or what they
          were, nor, in that first year, did I even know how to find out! So,
          like many before me, I substituted what I would want or need and
          proclaimed that would fit all. Wrong! NOT!

          Any abbess or parent who wants to try my way, not St. Benedict's,
          will quickly find that it is as hard on them as it is on their
          charges. My year of high school teaching was hell and I hated it. My
          students hated it, too. It was terrible for both of us at many, many
          points. The light that entered in from time to time, the genuine
          enjoyment of each other was only a flash that appeared rarely, faded
          soon. I pray for those kids (and for those who taught me!) every day
          of my life.

          St. Benedict is not only moderate and balanced, he sees the person
          clearly. He is a personalist of the first rank. Practice his
          principles of government without the checks and balances of this
          portion and you will be very displeased with the results. It
          sometimes takes St. Benedict a while to make his point. Cut him short
          before he has, and you will often wind up very sorry. Always let him
          finish: the whole is a thing of beauty, but the parts may fall far
          short of that.

          My superior, Father Anselm, once wisely commented that most preaching
          is preaching to oneself, meaning that we give others what we need to
          hear. Sadly, I think he's right. I know I have often done that.
          Mercifully, God alone can bring good out of anything, so He can even
          use our wrong-headedness to bring others to Him. He can do that with
          obedience, too, but if we give Him a bit less chaos by following
          Benedict's methods rather than our own, it will be better for all
          concerned.

          To a certain point, some people thrive on a lot of leeway, others do
          not. Some people need rigid order, others will wither under that. A
          superior who is into super control will soon be left with none but
          those who need that and a few conflicted types who can at least
          endure it.

          A superior who is too easy-going can also do harm. Sad is the
          community where the only thing will ever get all the horses back into
          the barn is death, and a few of them exist. They were produced by
          mutual efforts of bad government and bad response.

          This is not so different from the message throughout the Holy Rule:
          eyes on the other, not the self, eyes on God for the good of all!

          Love and prayers,
          Jerome, OSB
          http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
          jeromeleo@...
          Petersham, MA

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        • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
          +PAX Prayers for Lois, 8, diagnosed with ovarian cancer on Wednesday night. She had surgery Thursday to remove a fist-sized tumor. She also has suspicious
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            Prayers for Lois, 8, diagnosed with ovarian cancer on Wednesday night. She
            had surgery Thursday to remove a fist-sized tumor. She also has suspicious
            spots on lungs.

            Prayers, too, for Grant, 15, with synovial sarcoma. Feels well now, but he
            is terminal. He has had all the chemo he can have for his lifetime, and has
            also had a leg amputated. He has 4 tumors in his lungs.
            Prayers for his happy death and eternal rest. Special prayers for the
            families of both these young people. How very hard it must be when a child is that
            sick. Prayers for Georges, in France, open heart surgery pending. 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 13, May 14, September 13
            Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

            In her teaching
            the Abbess should always follow the Apostle's formula:
            "Reprove, entreat, rebuke" (2 Tim. 4:2);
            threatening at one time and coaxing at another
            as the occasion may require,
            showing now the stern countenance of a mistress,
            now the loving affection of a mother.
            That is to say,
            it is the undisciplined and restless
            whom she must reprove rather sharply;
            it is the obedient, meek and patient
            whom she must entreat to advance in virtue;
            while as for the negligent and disdainful,
            these we charge her to rebuke and correct.

            And let her not shut her eyes to the faults of offenders;
            but, since she has the authority,
            let her cut out those faults by the roots
            as soon as they begin to appear,
            remembering the fate of Heli, the priest of Silo (1 Kings 2-4).
            The well-disposed and those of good understanding
            let her correct with verbal admonition the first and second time.
            But bold, hard, proud and disobedient characters
            she should curb at the very beginning of their ill-doing
            by stripes and other bodily punishments,
            knowing that it is written,
            "the fool is not corrected with words" (Prov. 18:2; 29:19),
            and again,
            "Beat your son with the rod,
            and you will deliver his soul from death"(Prov. 23:13-14).

            REFLECTION

            As our world grows more populated and less personalist, "One size
            fits all" becomes a favorite chant of marketing. We all know that's
            usually not true, and it is surely not true of parenting or
            governing, as St. Benedict points out. This chapter firmly
            contradicts the lie of such marketing. We are all individuals, all
            treasures with different needs. Generic brand parenting will not do.

            I was a miserable failure at discipline when teaching high school
            sophomore English. I am sure it is an experience neither they nor I
            would like to repeat. I tried to treat them like college students or
            adults, a point they had not reached.

            In my naivete, I expected them to respond. When they didn't, matters
            escalated between us, but not into anything that did much good. I was
            terribly at fault: I didn't see who they were, I gave them what *I* would
            have liked to have had, but I was already in my mid-thirties with a lot of
            life experience.

            I wasn't serving their needs, because I didn't know who or what they
            were, nor, in that first year, did I even know how to find out! So,
            like many before me, I substituted what I would want or need and
            proclaimed that would fit all. Wrong! NOT!

            Any abbess or parent who wants to try my way, not St. Benedict's,
            will quickly find that it is as hard on them as it is on their
            charges. My year of high school teaching was hell and I hated it. My
            students hated it, too. It was terrible for both of us at many, many
            points. The light that entered in from time to time, the genuine
            enjoyment of each other was only a flash that appeared rarely, faded
            soon. I pray for those kids (and for those who taught me!) every day
            of my life.

            St. Benedict is not only moderate and balanced, he sees the person
            clearly. He is a personalist of the first rank. Practice his
            principles of government without the checks and balances of this
            portion and you will be very displeased with the results. It
            sometimes takes St. Benedict a while to make his point. Cut him short
            before he has, and you will often wind up very sorry. Always let him
            finish: the whole is a thing of beauty, but the parts may fall far
            short of that.

            My superior, Father Anselm, once wisely commented that most preaching
            is preaching to oneself, meaning that we give others what we need to
            hear. Sadly, I think he's right. I know I have often done that.
            Mercifully, God alone can bring good out of anything, so He can even
            use our wrong-headedness to bring others to Him. He can do that with
            obedience, too, but if we give Him a bit less chaos by following
            Benedict's methods rather than our own, it will be better for all
            concerned.

            To a certain point, some people thrive on a lot of leeway, others do
            not. Some people need rigid order, others will wither under that. A
            superior who is into super control will soon be left with none but
            those who need that and a few conflicted types who can at least
            endure it.

            A superior who is too easy-going can also do harm. Sad is the
            community where the only thing will ever get all the horses back into
            the barn is death, and a few of them exist. They were produced by
            mutual efforts of bad government and bad response.

            This is not so different from the message throughout the Holy Rule:
            eyes on the other, not the self, eyes on God for the good of all!

            Love and prayers,
            Jerome, OSB
            _http://www.stmarysmonastery.org_ (http://www.stmarysmonastery.org/)
            _brjeromeleo@..._ (mailto:brjeromeleo@...)
            Petersham, MA




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          • Br. Jerome Leo
            +PAX Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of the following, for their loved ones and all who mourn them: Jan s friend and colleague, 52 Brian,
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              Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of the following, for their loved ones and all who mourn them:

              Jan's friend and colleague, 52

              Brian, 50, head-on car collision, and especially for his aunt, Norma and for Carol, who asked prayers.

              Marcelle, 39, and her two children, 4&5, all struck and killed on an interstate.


              Prayers for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all who love them and all who care for them:

              Joyce, bad news on her cancer diagnosis, and for Deirdre, her daughter and family care-givers.

              Mike, Deo gratias, is cancer-free after three months of aggressive treatment. May he continue in remission!

              Skyler, brain damage after a 25 foot fall through an attic floor.

              Pete, in prison

              Tracy and Monte, going on a 50 day mission in Guatemala. 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 13, May 14, September 13
              Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

              In her teaching
              the Abbess should always follow the Apostle's formula:
              "Reprove, entreat, rebuke" (2 Tim. 4:2);
              threatening at one time and coaxing at another
              as the occasion may require,
              showing now the stern countenance of a mistress,
              now the loving affection of a mother.
              That is to say,
              it is the undisciplined and restless
              whom she must reprove rather sharply;
              it is the obedient, meek and patient
              whom she must entreat to advance in virtue;
              while as for the negligent and disdainful,
              these we charge her to rebuke and correct.

              And let her not shut her eyes to the faults of offenders;
              but, since she has the authority,
              let her cut out those faults by the roots
              as soon as they begin to appear,
              remembering the fate of Heli, the priest of Silo (1 Kings 2-4).
              The well-disposed and those of good understanding
              let her correct with verbal admonition the first and second time.
              But bold, hard, proud and disobedient characters
              she should curb at the very beginning of their ill-doing
              by stripes and other bodily punishments,
              knowing that it is written,
              "the fool is not corrected with words" (Prov. 18:2; 29:19),
              and again,
              "Beat your son with the rod,
              and you will deliver his soul from death"(Prov. 23:13-14).

              REFLECTION

              As our world grows more populated and less personalist, "One size
              fits all" becomes a favorite chant of marketing. We all know that's
              usually not true, and it is surely not true of parenting or
              governing, as St. Benedict points out. This chapter firmly
              contradicts the lie of such marketing. We are all individuals, all
              treasures with different needs. Generic brand parenting will not do.

              I was a miserable failure at discipline when teaching high school
              sophomore English. I am sure it is an experience neither they nor I
              would like to repeat. I tried to treat them like college students or
              adults, a point they had not reached.

              In my naivete, I expected them to respond. When they didn't, matters
              escalated between us, but not into anything that did much good. I was
              terribly at fault: I didn't see who they were, I gave them what *I* would
              have liked to have had, but I was already in my mid-thirties with a lot of
              life experience.

              I wasn't serving their needs, because I didn't know who or what they
              were, nor, in that first year, did I even know how to find out! So,
              like many before me, I substituted what I would want or need and
              proclaimed that would fit all. Wrong! NOT!

              Any abbess or parent who wants to try my way, not St. Benedict's,
              will quickly find that it is as hard on them as it is on their
              charges. My year of high school teaching was hell and I hated it. My
              students hated it, too. It was terrible for both of us at many, many
              points. The light that entered in from time to time, the genuine
              enjoyment of each other was only a flash that appeared rarely, faded
              soon. I pray for those kids (and for those who taught me!) every day
              of my life.

              St. Benedict is not only moderate and balanced, he sees the person
              clearly. He is a personalist of the first rank. Practice his
              principles of government without the checks and balances of this
              portion and you will be very displeased with the results. It
              sometimes takes St. Benedict a while to make his point. Cut him short
              before he has, and you will often wind up very sorry. Always let him
              finish: the whole is a thing of beauty, but the parts may fall far
              short of that.

              My superior, Father Anselm, once wisely commented that most preaching
              is preaching to oneself, meaning that we give others what we need to
              hear. Sadly, I think he's right. I know I have often done that.
              Mercifully, God alone can bring good out of anything, so He can even
              use our wrong-headedness to bring others to Him. He can do that with
              obedience, too, but if we give Him a bit less chaos by following
              Benedict's methods rather than our own, it will be better for all
              concerned.

              To a certain point, some people thrive on a lot of leeway, others do
              not. Some people need rigid order, others will wither under that. A
              superior who is into super control will soon be left with none but
              those who need that and a few conflicted types who can at least
              endure it.

              A superior who is too easy-going can also do harm. Sad is the
              community where the only thing will ever get all the horses back into
              the barn is death, and a few of them exist. They were produced by
              mutual efforts of bad government and bad response.

              This is not so different from the message throughout the Holy Rule:
              eyes on the other, not the self, eyes on God for the good of all!

              Love and prayers,
              Jerome, OSB
              http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
              Petersham, MA






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