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  • russophile2002
    +PAX Prayers of thanksgiving for a safe trip to FL and for progress on the depressive woman we prayed for, prayers, too, for Wayne, who has died and for
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 12, 2004
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      Prayers of thanksgiving for a safe trip to FL and for progress on the
      depressive woman we prayed for, prayers, too, for Wayne, who has died
      and for Barbara, his daughter and all his family. God's will is best.
      All is mercy and grace. Thanks so much! JL

      Feb 12

      Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time

      From Easter until the Calends of November
      let the same number of Psalms be kept as prescribed above;
      but no lessons are to be read from the book,
      on account of the shortness of the nights.
      Instead of those three lessons
      let one lesson from the Old Testament be said by heart
      and followed by a short responsory.
      But all the rest should be done as has been said;
      that is to say that never fewer than twelve Psalms
      should be said at the Night Office,
      not counting Psalm 3 and Psalm 94.


      REFLECTION

      The rhythm here is pure agriculture, not liturgy: when the sun rises
      sooner, so do the farm chores, which have no human seasonal clocks to
      tell them otherwise! Critters have to be cared for, milked and
      pastured according to their clocks, not ours. The upshot of this is
      that, for nearly 1,500 years, until the late 1960's, Benedictines
      followed the Holy Rule's advice and said Matins differently in the
      summer and winter, even in the cities. (It is worthy of note that, at
      least in the U.S., agricultural enterprises were being abandoned at
      about the same time as no longer economically feasible in many
      houses.)

      Put another spin on this and you will find, especially if you are an
      Oblate, that St. Benedict intends at least some aspects of his
      monastic program to adapt themselves to the environment in which the
      monastic lives. Do no wear yourself out trying to make the very
      square peg of a relentless monastic life fit into the intractably
      round hole of a life in the world. Don't try to make your kids (or
      spouse!) understand that you are going to be monastic, no matter what
      they are or aren't. For one thing, if you in any way diminish your
      primary vocation, like marriage or parenthood, you are not going to
      be monastic at all! The key to our struggle is obedience and
      humility, not control of others.

      Love and prayers,
      Jerome, OSB
      jeromeleo@...
      http://www.stmarysmonastery.org
      Petersham, MA
    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Prayers please, for Gretchen, hospitalized with a serious threat to her pregnancy, pre-eclampsia, for God s will and a safe delivery with a healthy baby.
      Message 2 of 5 , Feb 12, 2005
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        Prayers please, for Gretchen, hospitalized with a serious threat to her pregnancy, pre-eclampsia, for God's will and a safe delivery with a healthy baby. Prayers for Deacon Walter, his wife Kathy and their wonderful ministry with refugees and the poor, for them and all they serve. Prayers of Deo gratias for Nicole, the teen who miscarried and ran away. She is in a place where she can get help. Prayers for Tim, a Christian therapist who was seriously injured in a car accident with head, chest and pelvic injuries. He had four surgeries yesterday and, a lifelong asthmatic, there is great concern for his pulmonary functions. God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Alleluia! Thanks so much. JL

        Feb 12

        Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time

        From Easter until the Calends of November
        let the same number of Psalms be kept as prescribed above;
        but no lessons are to be read from the book,
        on account of the shortness of the nights.
        Instead of those three lessons
        let one lesson from the Old Testament be said by heart
        and followed by a short responsory.
        But all the rest should be done as has been said;
        that is to say that never fewer than twelve Psalms
        should be said at the Night Office,
        not counting Psalm 3 and Psalm 94.


        REFLECTION

        The rhythm here is pure agriculture, not liturgy: when the sun rises
        sooner, so do the farm chores, which have no human seasonal clocks to
        tell them otherwise! Critters have to be cared for, milked and
        pastured according to their clocks, not ours. The upshot of this is
        that, for nearly 1,500 years, until the late 1960's, Benedictines
        followed the Holy Rule's advice and said Matins differently in the
        summer and winter, even in the cities. (It is worthy of note that, at
        least in the U.S., agricultural enterprises were being abandoned at
        about the same time as no longer economically feasible in many
        houses.)

        Put another spin on this and you will find, especially if you are an
        Oblate, that St. Benedict intends at least some aspects of his
        monastic program to adapt themselves to the environment in which the
        monastic lives. Do no wear yourself out trying to make the very
        square peg of a relentless monastic life fit into the intractably
        round hole of a life in the world. Don't try to make your kids (or
        spouse!) understand that you are going to be monastic, no matter what
        they are or aren't. For one thing, if you in any way diminish your
        primary vocation, like marriage or parenthood, you are not going to
        be monastic at all! The key to our struggle is obedience and
        humility, not control of others.

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

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      • Jerry Lee
        +PAX Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of Art, for his wife, Alice, and all his family, for his close friend, Dick, and all who mourn him. Prayers
        Message 3 of 5 , Feb 12, 2006
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          Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of Art, for his wife, Alice, and all his family, for his close friend, Dick, and all who mourn him. Prayers for Father Jim, pastor of four Churches, very close to retirement. He had a knee replacement and they discovered lymphoma. For all his family, friends and doctors. Prayers, too, for all the doctors who treat us and our prayer intention folks. May God guide their hands and hearts!

          Very special prayers for our Brother Bernard. Many of you might recall that he was severely burned a few years ago when his habit caught fire during a seizure in the kitchen. Now he has been diagnosed with celiac disease and must go on a wheat and gluten free diet. There is a lot for him (and all of us who cook!) to learn, and we are making progress, thanks to some great web sites on the disease. Pray that he may thrive and that we, his brothers, may help him bear the burden. Brother is a truly patient and holy guy, bearing his sufferings in an edifying way. He richly deserves our prayers.

          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

          Feb 12

          Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time

          From Easter until the Calends of November
          let the same number of Psalms be kept as prescribed above;
          but no lessons are to be read from the book,
          on account of the shortness of the nights.
          Instead of those three lessons
          let one lesson from the Old Testament be said by heart
          and followed by a short responsory.
          But all the rest should be done as has been said;
          that is to say that never fewer than twelve Psalms
          should be said at the Night Office,
          not counting Psalm 3 and Psalm 94.


          REFLECTION

          The rhythm here is pure agriculture, not liturgy: when the sun rises
          sooner, so do the farm chores, which have no human seasonal clocks to
          tell them otherwise! Critters have to be cared for, milked and
          pastured according to their clocks, not ours. The upshot of this is
          that, for nearly 1,500 years, until the late 1960's, Benedictines
          followed the Holy Rule's advice and said Matins differently in the
          summer and winter, even in the cities. (It is worthy of note that, at
          least in the U.S., agricultural enterprises were being abandoned at
          about the same time as no longer economically feasible in many
          houses.)

          Put another spin on this and you will find, especially if you are an
          Oblate, that St. Benedict intends at least some aspects of his
          monastic program to adapt themselves to the environment in which the
          monastic lives. Do no wear yourself out trying to make the very
          square peg of a relentless monastic life fit into the intractably
          round hole of a life in the world. Don't try to make your kids (or
          spouse!) understand that you are going to be monastic, no matter what
          they are or aren't. For one thing, if you in any way diminish your
          primary vocation, like marriage or parenthood, you are not going to
          be monastic at all! The key to our struggle is obedience and
          humility, not control of others.

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

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        • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
          +PAX Prayers, please, for Kathryn, a young woman with a virulent breast cancer which has spread into her lungs, who begins an experimental protocol Monday;
          Message 4 of 5 , Feb 11, 2007
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            Prayers, please, for Kathryn, a young woman with a virulent breast cancer
            which has spread into her lungs, who begins an experimental protocol Monday;
            for her growth in grace and grounding in God. Prayers for Maggie, whose
            husband, Reynee, is recovering in the hospital from surgery after removal of several
            cancerous tumors, and whose Mother is in a different hospital, very ill.
            Prayers for her, her three children and her sick loved ones. Prayers, too, for
            Tania, her friend who was kind enough to ask for her. Prayers for Walter and
            Kathy and their dear one who is in the hospital. (I don't have details.)

            Prayers for Rita, who is suffering some complication to a mastectomy, also
            for Ann on her trip to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, for a pilgrimage
            filled with graces. Prayers for Anna, who fell in the bathroom and yet
            remains rather adamant about not using her walker, also for her daughter,
            Gloriamarie, who wonders if she and her Mom should live together now, though both
            would prefer to live alone, for God's will in all things. Prayers for the happy
            death and eternal rest of Garrett, 21, killed in a motorcycle wreck, for his
            cousin, Steve and for all their family and those who mourn him. Prayers, too,
            for the happy death and eternal rest of Tim, and for his family and those
            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

            Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time

            From Easter until the Calends of November
            let the same number of Psalms be kept as prescribed above;
            but no lessons are to be read from the book,
            on account of the shortness of the nights.
            Instead of those three lessons
            let one lesson from the Old Testament be said by heart
            and followed by a short responsory.
            But all the rest should be done as has been said;
            that is to say that never fewer than twelve Psalms
            should be said at the Night Office,
            not counting Psalm 3 and Psalm 94.


            REFLECTION

            The rhythm here is pure agriculture, not liturgy: when the sun rises
            sooner, so do the farm chores, which have no human seasonal clocks to
            tell them otherwise! Critters have to be cared for, milked and
            pastured according to their clocks, not ours. The upshot of this is
            that, for nearly 1,500 years, until the late 1960's, Benedictines
            followed the Holy Rule's advice and said Matins differently in the
            summer and winter, even in the cities. (It is worthy of note that, at
            least in the U.S., agricultural enterprises were being abandoned at
            about the same time as no longer economically feasible in many
            houses.)

            Put another spin on this and you will find, especially if you are an
            Oblate, that St. Benedict intends at least some aspects of his
            monastic program to adapt themselves to the environment in which the
            monastic lives. Do no wear yourself out trying to make the very
            square peg of a relentless monastic life fit into the intractably
            round hole of a life in the world. Don't try to make your kids (or
            spouse!) understand that you are going to be monastic, no matter what
            they are or aren't. For one thing, if you in any way diminish your
            primary vocation, like marriage or parenthood, you are not going to
            be monastic at all! The key to our struggle is obedience and
            humility, not control of others.

            There is a tremendous (and very beneficial!) humility in truthfully admitting
            that an Oblate's life often doesn't allow saying the whole Office. I have no
            doubt at all that, in some cases, there is vastly more merit in that humbling
            truth than there would be in psalmody without end. In fact, if our primary
            vocation, like marriage or parenthood demands otherwise, I can easily see
            where it could sometimes be quite wrong, indeed, to try to say the whole
            Office. St. Benedict foresaw just such situations in chapters like this one,
            where the inescapable changes in season moderated things.

            In an Oblate's life, there are many things other than merely seasonal which
            may often be every bit as compelling.

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






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          • Br. Jerome Leo
            +PAX Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following , for all their loved ones and all who take care of them: Sandra, terribly
            Message 5 of 5 , Feb 11, 2008
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              Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following , for all their loved ones and all who take care of them:

              Sandra, terribly difficult work situation and for Laurel, her boss.

              Eva, ovarian cyst surgery today.

              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

              Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time

              From Easter until the Calends of November
              let the same number of Psalms be kept as prescribed above;
              but no lessons are to be read from the book,
              on account of the shortness of the nights.
              Instead of those three lessons
              let one lesson from the Old Testament be said by heart
              and followed by a short responsory.
              But all the rest should be done as has been said;
              that is to say that never fewer than twelve Psalms
              should be said at the Night Office,
              not counting Psalm 3 and Psalm 94.


              REFLECTION

              The rhythm here is pure agriculture, not liturgy: when the sun rises
              sooner, so do the farm chores, which have no human seasonal clocks to
              tell them otherwise! Critters have to be cared for, milked and
              pastured according to their clocks, not ours. The upshot of this is
              that, for nearly 1,500 years, until the late 1960's, Benedictines
              followed the Holy Rule's advice and said Matins differently in the
              summer and winter, even in the cities. (It is worthy of note that, at
              least in the U.S., agricultural enterprises were being abandoned at
              about the same time as no longer economically feasible in many
              houses.)

              Put another spin on this and you will find, especially if you are an
              Oblate, that St. Benedict intends at least some aspects of his
              monastic program to adapt themselves to the environment in which the
              monastic lives. Do no wear yourself out trying to make the very
              square peg of a relentless monastic life fit into the intractably
              round hole of a life in the world. Don't try to make your kids (or
              spouse!) understand that you are going to be monastic, no matter what
              they are or aren't. For one thing, if you in any way diminish your
              primary vocation, like marriage or parenthood, you are not going to
              be monastic at all! The key to our struggle is obedience and
              humility, not control of others.

              There is a tremendous (and very beneficial!) humility in truthfully admitting
              that an Oblate's life often doesn't allow saying the whole Office. I have no
              doubt at all that, in some cases, there is vastly more merit in that humbling
              truth than there would be in psalmody without end. In fact, if our primary
              vocation, like marriage or parenthood demands otherwise, I can easily see
              where it could sometimes be quite wrong, indeed, to try to say the whole
              Office. St. Benedict foresaw just such situations in chapters like this one,
              where the inescapable changes in season moderated things.

              In an Oblate's life, there are many things other than merely seasonal which
              may often be every bit as compelling.

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








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