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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Prayers, please for a critical special intention for a wife and husband, also for all those we have forgotten who need prayers. Prayers, too, for Jean
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 1, 2004
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      Prayers, please for a critical special intention for a wife and husband, also for all those we have forgotten who need prayers. Prayers, too, for Jean Ann, chemo recently and now a CAT scan to check its effectiveness, also for the repose of the soul of Kathryn, and for her family. God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Thanks so much. JL

      April 1, August 1, December 1
      Chapter 50: On Sisters Who are Working Far From the Oratory or Are on
      a Journey

      Those sisters who are working at a great distance
      and cannot get to the oratory at the proper time --
      the Abbess judging that such is the case --
      shall perform the Work of God
      in the place where they are working,
      bending their knees in reverence before God.

      Likewise those who have been sent on a journey
      shall not let the appointed Hours pass by,
      but shall say the Office by themselves as well as they can
      and not neglect to render the task of their service.

      REFLECTION

      Monastics not at home- including Oblates who live elsewhere-
      "...shall say the Office by themselves as well as they can." This is
      a very important qualifying phrase. Over the several years I have
      been in e mail contact with hundreds of Oblates, this question arises
      in one form or another again and again, often with a number of
      solutions offered equal to the number of people answering the
      question.

      "...as well as they can." That means every instance of the Oblate's
      life must be taken into account: work, marriage, parenthood. Some
      Oblates can and do say the whole Office. For others, the chronic
      frustration at NOT being able to might be more constructively given
      up. It destroys peace and holds humility at bay. Many of us just
      cannot, for one reason or another do it all. Admitting that is a
      great boon of truth and truth, after all, is humility!

      Most monasteries today have embraced schemes of the Office that are
      not portable, even for their own monastics. Do the best you can. That
      may be the Roman Office, the Book of Common Prayer, or part thereof,
      or it may be something else for you, but just do the best you can in
      your current circumstance.

      Whatever that circumstance may be, it is where God has placed you at
      this moment. There is a great holiness and truthfulness in starting
      from where we are. It's really the only way to begin a journey anyhow
      (you can't depart from where you are not yet!) so why not shrug your
      shoulders and start shuffling along from here and now and today.

      Take heart in this pithy quote from St. Faustina's diary:
      "O life so dull and monotonous, how many treasures you contain!"
      All those hassles, all that inaccessible frustration of location or time,
      all that we THINK stands in the way are truly portals of mercy and
      grace, would we but let them open!

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

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    • Br. Jerome Leo
      +PAX Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias for a good vacation from Carol, and let us thank God for all the wonderful places He has created to refresh so many. Deo
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 31, 2007
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        Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias for a good vacation from Carol, and let us thank God for all the wonderful places He has created to refresh so many.

        Deo gratias, for Carlton, whose medical tests came through fine. God is good!

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

        Denise, cardiac problems and test to determine whether she needs a stent or surgery, she and her family are very worried.

        Ann, needing discernment to do things right.

        Bridget Rose, 15 months, a brain complication.

        Dianne, very sick from her chemotherapy.

        Rose, elderly, severe pain from heart condition.

        Catherine, also elderly, advanced Parkinson's and now a stroke. She has no insurance and her daughter, Teresa is distraught. Prayers for both.

        Michael, 46, painful battle with throat cancer.

        John, 43, ultrasound of suspicious mass, not thought to be malignant, but he worries as he has four kids to look after.

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

        Charles, who died suddenly last week.

        Louis. and especially for his daughter, Becky.

        Prayers for the success of the national Courage convention, beginning this Thursday. 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

        April 1, August 1, December 1
        Chapter 50: On Sisters Who are Working Far From the Oratory or Are on
        a Journey

        Those sisters who are working at a great distance
        and cannot get to the oratory at the proper time --
        the Abbess judging that such is the case --
        shall perform the Work of God
        in the place where they are working,
        bending their knees in reverence before God.

        Likewise those who have been sent on a journey
        shall not let the appointed Hours pass by,
        but shall say the Office by themselves as well as they can
        and not neglect to render the task of their service.

        REFLECTION

        Monastics not at home- including Oblates who live elsewhere-
        "...shall say the Office by themselves as well as they can." This is
        a very important qualifying phrase. Over the several years I have
        been in e mail contact with hundreds of Oblates, this question arises
        in one form or another again and again, often with a number of
        solutions offered equal to the number of people answering the
        question.

        "...as well as they can." That means every instance of the Oblate's
        life must be taken into account: work, marriage, parenthood. Some
        Oblates can and do say the whole Office. For others, the chronic
        frustration at NOT being able to might be more constructively given
        up. It destroys peace and holds humility at bay. Many of us just
        cannot, for one reason or another do it all. Admitting that is a
        great boon of truth and truth, after all, is humility!

        Most monasteries today have embraced schemes of the Office that are
        not portable, even for their own monastics. Do the best you can. That
        may be the Roman Office, the Book of Common Prayer, or part thereof,
        or it may be something else for you, but just do the best you can in
        your current circumstance.

        Whatever that circumstance may be, it is where God has placed you at
        this moment. There is a great holiness and truthfulness in starting
        from where we are. It's really the only way to begin a journey anyhow
        (you can't depart from where you are not yet!) so why not shrug your
        shoulders and start shuffling along from here and now and today.

        Take heart in this pithy quote from St. Faustina's diary:
        "O life so dull and monotonous, how many treasures you contain!"
        All those hassles, all that inaccessible frustration of location or
        time, all that we THINK stands in the way are truly portals of mercy
        and grace, would we but let them open!

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





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