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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Deo gratias, prayers of thanks for the successful teen Search retreat in Texas! Prayers, too, for Cynthia, seeking a full-time library job with benefits.
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 29, 2004
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      Deo gratias, prayers of thanks for the successful teen Search retreat in Texas! Prayers, too, for Cynthia, seeking a full-time library job with benefits. God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Thanks so much! JL

      February 28, June 29, October 29
      Chapter 22: How the Sisters Are to Sleep

      Let each one sleep in a separate bed.
      Let them receive bedding suitable to their manner of life,
      according to the Abbess's directions.
      If possible let all sleep in one place;
      but if the number does not allow this,
      let them take their rest by tens or twenties
      with the seniors who have charge of them.


      A candle shall be kept burning in the room until morning.


      Let them sleep clothed and girded with belts or cords --
      but not with their knives at their sides,
      lest they cut themselves in their sleep --
      and thus be always ready to rise without delay
      when the signal is given
      and hasten to be before one another at the Work of God,
      yet with all gravity and decorum.


      The younger shall not have beds next to one another,
      but among those of the older ones.


      When they rise for the Work of God
      let them gently encourage one another,
      that the drowsy may have no excuse.

      REFLECTION

      Hastening "yet will all gravity and decorum" has prompted many a
      community joke, many a wry comment as one ran most ungracefully,
      parts of the habit flapping wildly in the breeze, to whatever the
      bell was about to make one late for! St. Benedict far antedates the
      Three Stooges, but he still took precautions to ensure that we would
      not look EXACTLY like Moe, Larry and Curly when we went to choir or
      dinner! Admittedly, some of our human tendency still arises to give a
      partial glimpse of that comedic trio, but, as always, the picture is
      balanced!

      The idea of sexual temptations being thwarted by a lamp burning and
      fully clothed juniors interspersed among seniors has been mentioned,
      but there is also another very pragmatic rationale. First off, the
      young, even in monasteries, tend to giggle. No point in turning grand
      silence into a noisy slumber party!

      Even more importantly, the elderly may have problems during the
      night if their health is declining. Hale and hearty (and hopefully easily
      awakened!) juniors nearby promise them assistance, if needed. However,
      if you want a humorous take on the knives issue, it may have been to
      prevent mayhem and murder of snorers, an idea which has occurred
      to many light sleepers!

      Of course, dormitory sleeping is a thing of the past in our Order
      today, but its nice to see that thoughtfulness behind its original
      expression in the Holy Rule. There's a bit of the "mother" in St.
      Benedict, going out of his way to mention a small detail like not
      sleeping with knives. It is worthy of note, however, that St.
      Benedict, as always is MODERATELY maternal, not neurotically so! He
      doesn't get all bent out of shape, but he cares greatly and deeply.

      One of the most beautiful images in this passage is the exhortation
      to "gently encourage one another" at the hour of rising. Remember
      that the strictest silence of all prevailed at this time. Now picture
      the monastics gently encouraging one another! With no words, there
      had to be a lot of touch, a lot of gentle smiles, a lot of warmth and
      care expressed NON-verbally.

      A very good idea of how loving a monastic is can be had by disturbing
      their silence (or sleep, I imagine!!) Is the reaction cross and
      withering? Watch out for that one! Is there a smile, even a warm one,
      a reaction of sweetness? Well, when silence is over, that is a
      monastic to whose words you may want to listen carefully.

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

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    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Prayers, please, for Michael, 42, untreatable cancer, and for his wife and two kids, his parents and all his family. Prayers, too for Angelique, 56, very
      Message 2 of 4 , Jun 29, 2005
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        Prayers, please, for Michael, 42, untreatable cancer, and for his wife and two kids, his parents and all his family. Prayers, too for Angelique, 56, very serious stroke, and for all her family. Prayers for Jim and for the eternal rest of his Dad, Francis. Prayers for Lindy and all her co-workers. Lord, help them 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 28, June 29, October 29
        Chapter 22: How the Sisters Are to Sleep

        Let each one sleep in a separate bed.
        Let them receive bedding suitable to their manner of life,
        according to the Abbess's directions.
        If possible let all sleep in one place;
        but if the number does not allow this,
        let them take their rest by tens or twenties
        with the seniors who have charge of them.


        A candle shall be kept burning in the room until morning.


        Let them sleep clothed and girded with belts or cords --
        but not with their knives at their sides,
        lest they cut themselves in their sleep --
        and thus be always ready to rise without delay
        when the signal is given
        and hasten to be before one another at the Work of God,
        yet with all gravity and decorum.


        The younger shall not have beds next to one another,
        but among those of the older ones.


        When they rise for the Work of God
        let them gently encourage one another,
        that the drowsy may have no excuse.

        REFLECTION

        Hastening "yet will all gravity and decorum" has prompted many a
        community joke, many a wry comment as one ran most ungracefully,
        parts of the habit flapping wildly in the breeze, to whatever the
        bell was about to make one late for! St. Benedict far antedates the
        Three Stooges, but he still took precautions to ensure that we would
        not look EXACTLY like Moe, Larry and Curly when we went to choir or
        dinner! Admittedly, some of our human tendency still arises to give a
        partial glimpse of that comedic trio, but, as always, the picture is
        balanced!

        The idea of sexual temptations being thwarted by a lamp burning and
        fully clothed juniors interspersed among seniors has been mentioned,
        but there are also another very pragmatic rationales. First off, the
        young, even in monasteries, tend to giggle. No point in turning grand
        silence into a noisy slumber party! An even more practical reason for
        the lamp may be found in preventing those whom nature calls from sleep
        from tripping all over other beds on their way to answer the call.

        Even more importantly, the elderly may have problems during the
        night if their health is declining. Hale and hearty (and hopefully easily
        awakened!) juniors nearby promise them assistance, if needed. However,
        if you want a humorous take on the knives issue, it may have been to
        prevent mayhem and murder of snorers, an idea which has occurred
        to many light sleepers!

        Of course, dormitory sleeping is a thing of the past in our Order
        today, but its nice to see that thoughtfulness behind its original
        expression in the Holy Rule. There's a bit of the mother in St.
        Benedict, going out of his way to mention a small detail like not
        sleeping with knives. It is worthy of note, however, that St.
        Benedict, as always is MODERATELY maternal, not neurotically so! He
        doesn't get all bent out of shape, but he cares greatly and deeply.

        One of the most beautiful images in this passage is the exhortation
        to "gently encourage one another" at the hour of rising. Remember
        that the strictest silence of all prevailed at this time. Now picture
        the monastics gently encouraging one another! With no words, there
        had to be a lot of touch, a lot of gentle smiles, a lot of warmth and
        care expressed NON-verbally.

        A very good idea of how loving a monastic is can be had by disturbing
        their silence (or sleep, I imagine!!) Is the reaction cross and
        withering? Watch out for that one! Is there a smile, even a warm one,
        a reaction of sweetness? Well, when silence is over, that is a
        monastic to whose words you may want to listen carefully.

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

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      • Jerry Lee
        +PAX Prayers, please, for Arion, 19, Downs syndrome, surgery to remedy blood clots on her brain was reversed by another clot, requiring more surgery, within
        Message 3 of 4 , Jun 29, 2006
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          Prayers, please, for Arion, 19, Downs syndrome, surgery to remedy blood clots on her brain was reversed by another clot, requiring more surgery, within hours. Prayers for her parents and family and the doctors and healthcare folk who treat her and all of us. Prayers for a man with a marriage gone sour, his wife is keeping him from seeing his daughters. Prayers for S., brave beginnings on a monastic vocational search! Prayers for V. pastoring a new Church and first sermon this weekend! Al, for whom we just prayed, has lost his job and must find another to preserve his legal immigrant status and keep up with his mortgage.

          I rarely run prayer requests without editing, but this one was too good to edit! Deo gratias!!

          "Weeks ago I asked for your prayers to JP II for a friend Bob with a brain
          tumor. He was sent home 2 weeks ago for his final days. I was able to
          visit with him yesterday ~ he is doing very well, walking (was unable to
          transfer), talking, using his right side (was paralyzed)! Other than the
          funky hair cut from the initial brain surgery - he is fine and looks good.
          He is extremely grateful for all the prayers that have brought him so far.
          His drs. of course are confounded. There will be another scan in the next
          week or so. His wife of 3 years Teri is more than grateful for all the
          prayers. They have both asked for all to keep storming heaven and ask JP II
          for intercession for Bob's complete healing if it be God's will. And also
          in thanksgiving for the time they have been given so far. It is my belief
          that you all have made a huge difference and for that thank you from the
          bottom of my heart!"

          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 28, June 29, October 29
          Chapter 22: How the Sisters Are to Sleep

          Let each one sleep in a separate bed.
          Let them receive bedding suitable to their manner of life,
          according to the Abbess's directions.
          If possible let all sleep in one place;
          but if the number does not allow this,
          let them take their rest by tens or twenties
          with the seniors who have charge of them.


          A candle shall be kept burning in the room until morning.


          Let them sleep clothed and girded with belts or cords --
          but not with their knives at their sides,
          lest they cut themselves in their sleep --
          and thus be always ready to rise without delay
          when the signal is given
          and hasten to be before one another at the Work of God,
          yet with all gravity and decorum.


          The younger shall not have beds next to one another,
          but among those of the older ones.


          When they rise for the Work of God
          let them gently encourage one another,
          that the drowsy may have no excuse.

          REFLECTION

          Hastening "yet will all gravity and decorum" has prompted many a
          community joke, many a wry comment as one ran most ungracefully,
          parts of the habit flapping wildly in the breeze, to whatever the
          bell was about to make one late for! St. Benedict far antedates the
          Three Stooges, but he still took precautions to ensure that we would
          not look EXACTLY like Moe, Larry and Curly when we went to choir or
          dinner! Admittedly, some of our human tendency still arises to give a
          partial glimpse of that comedic trio, but, as always, the picture is
          balanced!

          The idea of sexual temptations being thwarted by a lamp burning and
          fully clothed juniors interspersed among seniors has been mentioned,
          but there are also another very pragmatic rationales. First off, the
          young, even in monasteries, tend to giggle. No point in turning grand
          silence into a noisy slumber party! An even more practical reason for
          the lamp may be found in preventing those whom nature calls from sleep
          from tripping all over other beds on their way to answer the call.

          Even more importantly, the elderly may have problems during the
          night if their health is declining. Hale and hearty (and hopefully easily
          awakened!) juniors nearby promise them assistance, if needed. However,
          if you want a humorous take on the knives issue, it may have been to
          prevent mayhem and murder of snorers, an idea which has occurred
          to many light sleepers!

          Of course, dormitory sleeping is a thing of the past in our Order
          today, but its nice to see that thoughtfulness behind its original
          expression in the Holy Rule. There's a bit of the mother in St.
          Benedict, going out of his way to mention a small detail like not
          sleeping with knives. It is worthy of note, however, that St.
          Benedict, as always is MODERATELY maternal, not neurotically so! He
          doesn't get all bent out of shape, but he cares greatly and deeply.

          One of the most beautiful images in this passage is the exhortation
          to "gently encourage one another" at the hour of rising. Remember
          that the strictest silence of all prevailed at this time. Now picture
          the monastics gently encouraging one another! With no words, there
          had to be a lot of touch, a lot of gentle smiles, a lot of warmth and
          care expressed NON-verbally.

          A very good idea of how loving a monastic is can be had by disturbing
          their silence (or sleep, I imagine!!) Is the reaction cross and
          withering? Watch out for that one! Is there a smile, even a warm one,
          a reaction of sweetness? Well, when silence is over, that is a
          monastic to whose words you may want to listen carefully.

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

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        • Br. Jerome Leo
          +PAX A blessed Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul to all, blessings on all celebrating their name day today! Prayers for Nikki and her husband, Bobby, as they
          Message 4 of 4 , Jun 28, 2007
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            A blessed Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul to all, blessings on all celebrating their name day today!

            Prayers for Nikki and her husband, Bobby, as they go to court next week to finalize his adoption of her two daughters from a previous marriage. The floods in England may subside and further rains not worsen matters.

            Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of the following, for their families and all who mourn them:

            Br. Linus, OSB, 59, of St. John's, Collegeville.

            Jerry, killed in a car accident, leaves a wife and two sons, 10 and 13.

            A clergyperson who tragically committed suicide.

            Prayers, please, for the spiritual, physical and mental health of the following, for their families and all those who care for or treat them:

            Charles, triple bypass surgery today, very sick.

            A baby who has had a heart transplant, especially for her worried parents.

            Jan, stressed out worrying, fear of failure, troubled perhaps by perfectionism.

            Ann, very overwrought and stressed at her workplace.

            Dot, whose mastectomy we prayed for, serious nausea and a very fitful night are keeping her in the hospital longer.

            Carol, terribly stressed by having to organize a family move alone to another country, and for her military husband who can't be there to help and for their kids. May they all pitch in as best they can! And may God supply all!

            Fr. Kevin, diagnosed with breast cancer. (Yes, men can have it, too.) Hopefully treatment will be successful without surgery.

            A son, possibly on drugs, and his worried parents, who have many health and life issues of their own, and now this.

            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 28, June 29, October 29
            Chapter 22: How the Sisters Are to Sleep

            Let each one sleep in a separate bed.
            Let them receive bedding suitable to their manner of life,
            according to the Abbess's directions.
            If possible let all sleep in one place;
            but if the number does not allow this,
            let them take their rest by tens or twenties
            with the seniors who have charge of them.


            A candle shall be kept burning in the room until morning.


            Let them sleep clothed and girded with belts or cords --
            but not with their knives at their sides,
            lest they cut themselves in their sleep --
            and thus be always ready to rise without delay
            when the signal is given
            and hasten to be before one another at the Work of God,
            yet with all gravity and decorum.


            The younger shall not have beds next to one another,
            but among those of the older ones.


            When they rise for the Work of God
            let them gently encourage one another,
            that the drowsy may have no excuse.

            REFLECTION

            Hastening "yet will all gravity and decorum" has prompted many a
            community joke, many a wry comment as one ran most ungracefully,
            parts of the habit flapping wildly in the breeze, to whatever the
            bell was about to make one late for! St. Benedict far antedates the
            Three Stooges, but he still took precautions to ensure that we would
            not look EXACTLY like Moe, Larry and Curly when we went to choir or
            dinner! Admittedly, some of our human tendency still arises to give a
            partial glimpse of that comedic trio, but, as always, the picture is
            balanced!

            The idea of sexual temptations being thwarted by a lamp burning and
            fully clothed juniors interspersed among seniors has been mentioned,
            but there are also another very pragmatic rationales. First off, the
            young, even in monasteries, tend to giggle. No point in turning grand
            silence into a noisy slumber party! An even more practical reason for
            the lamp may be found in preventing those whom nature calls from sleep
            from tripping all over other beds on their way to answer the call.

            Even more importantly, the elderly may have problems during the
            night if their health is declining. Hale and hearty (and hopefully easily
            awakened!) juniors nearby promise them assistance, if needed. However,
            if you want a humorous take on the knives issue, it may have been to
            prevent mayhem and murder of snorers, an idea which has occurred
            to many light sleepers!

            Of course, dormitory sleeping is a thing of the past in our Order
            today, but its nice to see that thoughtfulness behind its original
            expression in the Holy Rule. There's a bit of the mother in St.
            Benedict, going out of his way to mention a small detail like not
            sleeping with knives. It is worthy of note, however, that St.
            Benedict, as always is MODERATELY maternal, not neurotically so! He
            doesn't get all bent out of shape, but he cares greatly and deeply.

            One of the most beautiful images in this passage is the exhortation
            to "gently encourage one another" at the hour of rising. Remember
            that the strictest silence of all prevailed at this time. Now picture
            the monastics gently encouraging one another! With no words, there
            had to be a lot of touch, a lot of gentle smiles, a lot of warmth and
            care expressed NON-verbally.

            A very good idea of how loving a monastic is can be had by disturbing
            their silence (or sleep, I imagine!!) Is the reaction cross and
            withering? Watch out for that one! Is there a smile, even a warm one,
            a reaction of sweetness? Well, when silence is over, that is a
            monastic to whose words you may want to listen carefully.

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

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