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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX A very blessed feast of Saint Scholastica to all. Pray for our nuns here (and throughout the Order!) on their patronal solemnity. A joyous feast at lunch
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 10, 2004
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      A very blessed feast of Saint Scholastica to all. Pray for our nuns here (and throughout the Order!) on their patronal solemnity.
      A joyous feast at lunch today, with monks and nuns together for the special meal. Jubilate!!

      Deo gratias! Prayers of Thanksgiving for Gina, our child with the brain tumor, who had a very successful surgery yesterday. Prayers, too, for me, as I enter the last crazed day before leaving for FL, that I be as productive as possible! God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. Thanks so much! JL


      February 10, June 11, October 11
      Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

      In the winter time,
      that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
      the sisters shall rise
      at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
      so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
      and rise with their rest completed.
      And the time that remains after the Night Office
      should be spent in study
      by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
      or the lessons.


      From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
      the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
      which is to be said at daybreak,
      will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
      during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.

      REFLECTION

      Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
      is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
      bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. It's part of
      the human and part of family life. As casually as a mother asks young
      children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
      of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
      without great discomfort!

      The tender concern of a loving parent comes through loud and clear
      here. St. Benedict is well aware that he is not setting up a spa
      resort, but he also wants the monastics living by his ascetic regime
      to live in the reasonable comfort of moderation. "Reasonable," that
      is, in accord with reason; and "comfort" that is, to strengthen,
      literally, with strength.

      Some monastic reforms have missed the boat on this one! Certain
      accounts of the early monks of La Trappe seem like nothing more than
      travelogues of grim, gloomy, resigned penitential excess. It's not
      supposed to be easy, ( and it isn't!) but being a monastic isn't
      supposed to be ALL gritted teeth, either. We Benedictines need, as
      Hopkins put it: "room to let joy size."!

      So, yeah, let them sleep enough, but not too much. And after they've
      been chanting in Church for a good long while, give 'em all a
      bathroom break. This is not the program of a heartless, joyless,
      unloving taskmaster!



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

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    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Prayers for all our Benedictine women on this Feast of St. Scholastica, may God richly bless them all! Prayers, please, for Dustin, 8, a special needs
      Message 2 of 5 , Feb 10, 2005
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        Prayers for all our Benedictine women on this Feast of St. Scholastica, may God richly bless them all!

        Prayers, please, for Dustin, 8, a special needs child who was hit by a truck while exiting his school bus. No broken bones, Deo gratias, but skin grafts necessary to repair damage to his legs. His Mom is a wonderful woman who has adopted 4 special needs kids in addition to her own brood of five, so prayers for all that very special family! God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Alleluia! Thanks so much. JL

        February 10, June 11, October 11
        Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

        In the winter time,
        that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
        the sisters shall rise
        at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
        so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
        and rise with their rest completed.
        And the time that remains after the Night Office
        should be spent in study
        by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
        or the lessons.


        From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
        the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
        which is to be said at daybreak,
        will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
        during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.

        REFLECTION

        Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
        is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
        bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. It's part of
        the human and part of family life. As casually as a mother asks young
        children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
        of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
        without great discomfort!

        The tender concern of a loving parent comes through loud and clear
        here. St. Benedict is well aware that he is not setting up a spa
        resort, but he also wants the monastics living by his ascetic regime
        to live in the reasonable comfort of moderation. "Reasonable," that
        is, in accord with reason; and "comfort" that is, to strengthen,
        literally, with strength.

        Some monastic reforms have missed the boat on this one! Certain
        accounts of the early monks of La Trappe seem like nothing more than
        travelogues of grim, gloomy, resigned penitential excess. It's not
        supposed to be easy, ( and it isn't!) but being a monastic isn't
        supposed to be ALL gritted teeth, either. We Benedictines need, as
        Hopkins put it: "room to let joy size."!

        So, yeah, let them sleep enough, but not too much. And after they've
        been chanting in Church for a good long while, give 'em all a
        bathroom break. This is not the program of a heartless, joyless,
        unloving taskmaster!



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

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      • Jerry Lee
        +PAX This is going out the night before, because I have cooking for the Solemnity to do in the morning. The monks always have the nuns over for dinner on their
        Message 3 of 5 , Feb 9, 2006
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          This is going out the night before, because I have cooking for the Solemnity to do in the morning. The monks always have the nuns over for dinner on their patronal feast. At least our readers in Australia will get it closer to the actual day for a change! As a result, any prayer intentions received after this post will go on Feb. 11 post.

          A blessed Solemnity of St. Scholastica to all our Benedictine women. Graces and blessings for all! Prayers for Anita, who made her final Oblation here today, the eve of St. Scholastica! Ad multos annos, many years!

          Prayers, please, for Henry, prostate cancer which has spread to his liver, for his wife, Rosemary and their 5 yr. old daughter, Erin, also for Henry's return to his Faith and for his mother-in-law, Rev. Barbara, who asked prayers for them all. Prayers for Catherine and a neighbor who have had a painful misunderstanding involving the neighbor's deaf and brain-damaged son. Healing on all sides here, please!

          Prayers for Wendy, tumors being removed which were discovered during an appendectomy, portions of large and small intestine removed, too. Hopefully there is no cancer. Prayers for all her family, please. Prayers for Elizabeth, working through some spiritual stress, and for Anna, a young wife and mother, suddenly needing three cancer surgeries, chemo and radiation, and for all her family. Prayers for J. and for her daughter, showing signs of recovering, also for her grand daughter, 6 months pregnant and struggling, hoping not to miscarry. 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 10, June 11, October 11
          Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

          In the winter time,
          that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
          the sisters shall rise
          at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
          so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
          and rise with their rest completed.
          And the time that remains after the Night Office
          should be spent in study
          by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
          or the lessons.


          From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
          the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
          which is to be said at daybreak,
          will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
          during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.

          REFLECTION

          Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
          is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
          bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. It's part of
          the human and part of family life. As casually as a mother asks young
          children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
          of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
          without great discomfort!

          The tender concern of a loving parent comes through loud and clear
          here. St. Benedict is well aware that he is not setting up a spa
          resort, but he also wants the monastics living by his ascetic regime
          to live in the reasonable comfort of moderation. "Reasonable," that
          is, in accord with reason; and "comfort" that is, to strengthen,
          literally, with strength.

          Some monastic reforms have missed the boat on this one! Certain
          accounts of the early monks of La Trappe seem like nothing more than
          travelogues of grim, gloomy, resigned penitential excess. It's not
          supposed to be easy, ( and it isn't!) but being a monastic isn't
          supposed to be ALL gritted teeth, either. We Benedictines need, as
          Hopkins put it: "room to let joy size."!

          So, yeah, let them sleep enough, but not too much. And after they've
          been chanting in Church for a good long while, give 'em all a
          bathroom break. This is not the program of a heartless, joyless,
          unloving taskmaster!



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

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        • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
          +PAX A blessed feast of Saint Scholastica to all! Prayers, please, for Francis, entering hospice care, for his son, Dave, and all his family. Prayers that God
          Message 4 of 5 , Feb 9, 2007
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            A blessed feast of Saint Scholastica to all!

            Prayers, please, for Francis, entering hospice care, for his son, Dave, and
            all his family. Prayers that God fill Francis with all the graces for a happy
            death. Prayers of Deo gratias and thanks for Carol and Melissa, doing
            better, and for Mary, 96 years young today! Prayers for Fr. Udo, injured badly in a
            car wreck. He serves three parishes and they need him back. Prayers for
            William, he had to have surgery to have shunts placed in the large arteries of
            his legs, also for his wife and family. Prayers for Sr. Mary Daniel, undergoing
            a stress test to determine why she had severe chest pain and collapsed.
            prayers for Michael in palliative care for cancer. Prayers, too, for his wife
            and their daughter and also for his friend, John. Prayers for Jeron, going on a
            vocation weekend next week. Continued prayers for Sr. Lany Jo, the retreat
            staff and all their teens on retreat this weekend. Prayers for Jean, visiting
            family a half-continent away from home, very sick with pneumonia and may be
            hospitalized. Prayers for Phyllis, in ICU, pneumonia, diabetes and a urinary
            tract infection, then 2 emergency surgeries for blood clots in her foot and
            leg, very sick lady, also for her son, Bob, and all their family. 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 10, June 11, October 11
            Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

            In the winter time,
            that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
            the sisters shall rise
            at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
            so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
            and rise with their rest completed.
            And the time that remains after the Night Office
            should be spent in study
            by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
            or the lessons.


            From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
            the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
            which is to be said at daybreak,
            will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
            during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.

            REFLECTION

            Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
            is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
            bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. It's part of
            the human and part of family life. As casually as a mother asks young
            children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
            of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
            without great discomfort!

            The tender concern of a loving parent comes through loud and clear
            here. St. Benedict is well aware that he is not setting up a spa
            resort, but he also wants the monastics living by his ascetic regime
            to live in the reasonable comfort of moderation. "Reasonable," that
            is, in accord with reason; and "comfort" that is, to strengthen,
            literally, with strength.

            Some monastic reforms have missed the boat on this one! Certain
            accounts of the early monks of La Trappe seem like nothing more than
            travelogues of grim, gloomy, resigned penitential excess. It's not
            supposed to be easy, ( and it isn't!) but being a monastic isn't
            supposed to be ALL gritted teeth, either. We Benedictines need, as
            Hopkins put it: "room to let joy size."!

            So, yeah, let them sleep enough, but not too much. And after they've
            been chanting in Church for a good long while, give 'em all a
            bathroom break. This is not the program of a heartless, joyless,
            unloving taskmaster!



            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 St. Scholastica s feast got bumped this year by the First Sunday of Lent, but happy feast to her and all of you anyway! Prayers, please, for a group doing
            Message 5 of 5 , Feb 9, 2008
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              St. Scholastica's feast got bumped this year by the First Sunday of Lent, but happy feast to her and all of you anyway!


              Prayers, please, for a group doing a pro-life prayer vigil this Saturday, and every second Saturday of the month, from 9-11am.

              Prayers for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:

              Br. Finbar's Mom, tumor removed, doing well, but not eating well. Prognosis is otherwise

              a man, 43, who died after years of alcohol abuse, and for his estranged wife and nine year old son.

              for the success of the Catholic Worker anniversary later this year in Worcester.

              a man who is having a major depression episode.

              a special intention for someone's finances.

              Mark, having a hard time with his faith right now, almost wishes he were not Christian, because he feels that God is part of the problems he is having.

              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 10, June 11, October 11
              Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

              In the winter time,
              that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
              the sisters shall rise
              at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
              so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
              and rise with their rest completed.
              And the time that remains after the Night Office
              should be spent in study
              by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
              or the lessons.


              From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
              the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
              which is to be said at daybreak,
              will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
              during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.

              REFLECTION

              Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
              is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
              bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. It's part of
              the human and part of family life. As casually as a mother asks young
              children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
              of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
              without great discomfort!

              The tender concern of a loving parent comes through loud and clear
              here. St. Benedict is well aware that he is not setting up a spa
              resort, but he also wants the monastics living by his ascetic regime
              to live in the reasonable comfort of moderation. "Reasonable," that
              is, in accord with reason; and "comfort" that is, to strengthen,
              literally, with strength.

              Some monastic reforms have missed the boat on this one! Certain
              accounts of the early monks of La Trappe seem like nothing more than
              travelogues of grim, gloomy, resigned penitential excess. It's not
              supposed to be easy, ( and it isn't!) but being a monastic isn't
              supposed to be ALL gritted teeth, either. We Benedictines need, as
              Hopkins put it: "room to let joy size."!

              So, yeah, let them sleep enough, but not too much. And after they've
              been chanting in Church for a good long while, give 'em all a
              bathroom break. This is not the program of a heartless, joyless,
              unloving taskmaster!



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


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