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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Prayers, please, for Claudia, whose cat, Nikki, was killed by coyotes yesterday. An older cat, Nikki had been a link to a lot of family history and
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 12, 2004
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      Prayers, please, for Claudia, whose cat, Nikki, was killed by coyotes yesterday. An older cat, Nikki had been a link to a lot of family history and Claudia feels that loss so painfully. Prayers, too, for Jean, mourning her husband, and for her financial and emotional well-being. God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Thanks so much! JL

      March 12, July 12, November 11
      Chapter 34: Whether All Should Receive in Equal Measure What Is
      Necessary


      Let us follow the Scripture,
      "Distribution was made to each
      according as anyone had need" (Acts 4:35).
      By this we do not mean that there should be respecting of persons
      (which God forbid),
      but consideration for infirmities.
      She who needs less should thank God and not be discontented;
      but she who needs more
      should be humbled by the thought of her infirmity
      rather than feeling important
      on account of the kindness shown her.
      Thus all the members will be at peace.

      Above all, let not the evil of murmuring appear
      for any reason whatsoever
      in the least word or sign.
      If anyone is caught at it,
      let her be placed under very severe discipline.

      REFLECTION


      One reason murmuring is so strongly proscribed here is that its
      origin in this case is likely to be from jealousy. Jealousy is a
      terrible thing in any human being, but even more treacherous when the
      people involved have to live and work together in community. Jealousy
      is a sure sign that one has not arrived. Perfect monastics simply
      don't care about such stuff! (If they did at all, it would only be to
      rejoice for the other!)

      Yet many of us- myself roundly included- can still find jealousy
      rearing its ugly head from time to time. It is part of our fallen
      human nature, it is also part of us that has not grown up yet: an
      inner child that is still screaming "Mom ALWAYS liked you best!"
      Sigh... Jealousy cannot live without ignorance or falsehood, so
      reality checks may be helpful, shaking ourselves awake to what is
      true and real, reminding ourselves what we do NOT know and cannot
      know about another's situation compared to our own.

      Did we but know the gift of God! Ah, but we most surely do NOT know
      it! If we did, we should be far, far more grateful for the different
      ways He deals with people. We should be relieved that we have not the
      gifts of others, since we have not their peculiar circumstances or
      vocations or personalities to deal with those gifts. We should also
      be able to more clearly see how richly- and utterly appropriately- we
      ourselves have been blessed. God is no wretched giver, and we are ALL
      swathed in His unfathomable mercy.

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

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    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Prayers, please, for a young man, 34, in cardiac intensive care for what might be a massive infection in his heart, and for all his family. Prayers for
      Message 2 of 3 , Jul 12, 2005
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        Prayers, please, for a young man, 34, in cardiac intensive care for what might be a massive infection in his heart, and for all his family. Prayers for Cheryl and Cam, driving here to visit tonight, and for Karen, author of her first book, and her proud parents, Cheri and Mike. 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

        March 12, July 12, November 11
        Chapter 34: Whether All Should Receive in Equal Measure What Is
        Necessary


        Let us follow the Scripture,
        "Distribution was made to each
        according as anyone had need" (Acts 4:35).
        By this we do not mean that there should be respecting of persons
        (which God forbid),
        but consideration for infirmities.
        She who needs less should thank God and not be discontented;
        but she who needs more
        should be humbled by the thought of her infirmity
        rather than feeling important
        on account of the kindness shown her.
        Thus all the members will be at peace.

        Above all, let not the evil of murmuring appear
        for any reason whatsoever
        in the least word or sign.
        If anyone is caught at it,
        let her be placed under very severe discipline.

        REFLECTION


        One reason murmuring is so strongly proscribed here is that its
        origin in this case is likely to be from jealousy. Jealousy is a
        terrible thing in any human being, but even more treacherous when the
        people involved have to live and work together in community. Jealousy
        is a sure sign that one has not arrived. Perfect monastics simply
        don't care about such stuff! (If they did at all, it would only be to
        rejoice for the other!)

        Yet many of us- myself roundly included- can still find jealousy
        rearing its ugly head from time to time. It is part of our fallen
        human nature, it is also part of us that has not grown up yet: an
        inner child that is still screaming "Mom ALWAYS liked you best!"
        Sigh... Jealousy cannot live without ignorance or falsehood, so
        reality checks may be helpful, shaking ourselves awake to what is
        true and real, reminding ourselves what we do NOT know and cannot
        know about another's situation compared to our own.

        Did we but know the gift of God! Ah, but we most surely do NOT know
        it! If we did, we should be far, far more grateful for the different
        ways He deals with people. We should be relieved that we have not the
        gifts of others, since we have not their peculiar circumstances or
        vocations or personalities to deal with those gifts. We should also
        be able to more clearly see how richly- and utterly appropriately- we
        ourselves have been blessed. God is no wretched giver, and we are ALL
        swathed in His unfathomable mercy.

        [Two asides on the gifts of God. St. John Vianney, the Cure d'Ars, said that "If the priest could understand himself, he would surely die." But he ALSO said that if anyone could understand the gift of the Eucharist, they would die- of love!]

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

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      • Br. Jerome Leo
        +PAX Brenna asks prayers of thanks and Deo gratias, Pete, her assistance dog, is doing much better! She also asks prayers for a job she has applied for, if God
        Message 3 of 3 , Jul 11, 2007
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          Brenna asks prayers of thanks and Deo gratias, Pete, her assistance dog, is doing much better! She also asks prayers for a job she has applied for, if God wills, let it be!

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

          Edward, 85, brain tumor removed, but still growing, needing chemo. His prognosis is for about 18 months of life. Special prayers for his family, for whom this is very hard.

          Brian, in a severe manic phase, perhaps off his meds and possibility of violence, and for his worried Mom.

          Maria's son, Jeff, for whom we prayed after his heart attack, now require bypass surgery next week, so continued prayers and Maria thanks all for their 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

          March 12, July 12, November 11
          Chapter 34: Whether All Should Receive in Equal Measure What Is
          Necessary


          Let us follow the Scripture,
          "Distribution was made to each
          according as anyone had need" (Acts 4:35).
          By this we do not mean that there should be respecting of persons
          (which God forbid),
          but consideration for infirmities.
          She who needs less should thank God and not be discontented;
          but she who needs more
          should be humbled by the thought of her infirmity
          rather than feeling important
          on account of the kindness shown her.
          Thus all the members will be at peace.

          Above all, let not the evil of murmuring appear
          for any reason whatsoever
          in the least word or sign.
          If anyone is caught at it,
          let her be placed under very severe discipline.

          REFLECTION


          One reason murmuring is so strongly proscribed here is that its
          origin in this case is likely to be from jealousy. Jealousy is a
          terrible thing in any human being, but even more treacherous when the
          people involved have to live and work together in community. Jealousy
          is a sure sign that one has not arrived. Perfect monastics simply
          don't care about such stuff! (If they did at all, it would only be to
          rejoice for the other!)

          Yet many of us- myself roundly included- can still find jealousy
          rearing its ugly head from time to time. It is part of our fallen
          human nature, it is also part of us that has not grown up yet: an
          inner child that is still screaming "Mom ALWAYS liked you best!"
          Sigh... Jealousy cannot live without ignorance or falsehood, so
          reality checks may be helpful, shaking ourselves awake to what is
          true and real, reminding ourselves what we do NOT know and cannot
          know about another's situation compared to our own.

          Did we but know the gift of God! Ah, but we most surely do NOT know
          it! If we did, we should be far, far more grateful for the different
          ways He deals with people. We should be relieved that we have not the
          gifts of others, since we have not their peculiar circumstances or
          vocations or personalities to deal with those gifts. We should also
          be able to more clearly see how richly- and utterly appropriately- we
          ourselves have been blessed. God is no wretched giver, and we are ALL
          swathed in His unfathomable mercy.

          [Two asides on the gifts of God. St. John Vianney, the Cure d'Ars, said that "If
          the priest could understand himself, he would surely die." But he ALSO said that
          if anyone could understand the gift of the Eucharist, they would die- of love!]

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

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