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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX A blessed feast of St. Faustina, Apostle of Divine Mercy, to all. May her prayers deepen our trust in Jesus and His unfathomable Mercy! Prayers, please,
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 5, 2004
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      A blessed feast of St. Faustina, Apostle of Divine Mercy, to all. May her prayers deepen our trust in Jesus and His unfathomable Mercy!

      Prayers, please, for Wayne, serious drug problem, his wife and 4 children are in fear and danger, and for those trying to help them all, also for a young woman with an eating disorder and for the repose of the soul of Zosie and for her family.

      Special prayers, please, for Mr. Kloss, father of two of our nuns and George, one of our readers on this list who built our website for us. He is very critically ill and has had multiple medical problems, diabetic, circulatory and respiratory for many years. Prayers for all the Kloss family! God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Thanks so much! JL

      February 4, June 5, October 5
      Chapter 7: On Humility

      The seventh degree of humility
      is that he consider himself lower and of less account
      than anyone else,
      and this not only in verbal protestation
      but also with the most heartfelt inner conviction,
      humbling himself and saying with the Prophet,
      "But I am a worm and no man,
      the scorn of men and the outcast of the people" (Ps. 21:7).
      "After being exalted, I have been humbled
      and covered with confusion" (Ps. 87:16).
      And again,
      "It is good for me that You have humbled me,
      that I may learn Your commandments" (Ps. 118:71).

      REFLECTION

      No one need worry whether or not the blue jay population of our
      forest will make it through the winter! Mary Kenny keeps the feeder
      full and the blue jays bully and terrorize all the other birds-
      including members of their own species lower in the pecking order.
      And it is LITERALLY a pecking order! While they are pretty birds,
      once in action their belligerent personalities will dispel many a
      romantic notion!

      Contrast the cardinals and chickadees, both far lovelier to look at,
      and both well aware that they need to stay out of the jays' way! One
      imagines that the cardinals, strikingly red, might be as numerous as
      their blue cousins if they were anywhere near as combative. Below
      even these in the hierarchy are the slate juncos. None too eye-
      catching, a rather sooty gray, and spending almost all of their time
      gleaning on the ground, not at the feeder. It is a niche they seem
      not to mind at all. Their attraction is not in plumage, but in the
      humility of their dispositions.

      Of course, I watch all this from the dining room window and am amused.
      These scrappy jays are fighting over a front yard that they don't
      own. They are battling for food that is always there and will be
      there in plenty. And hey, they are BIRDS, right? What's all this
      crock about who's-better-than-who? It's like watching a lot of
      Lilliputians in hand-to-hand, mortal combat. It's so silly that it is
      laughable. This is my front yard, guys, not yours!

      Whoops! Just fell into the same stupid snare as the birds....

      One of the beautiful things the late Israeli astronaut on the
      Columbia, Ilan Ramon, said about the view from space was that the
      earth was just one beautiful blue ball, no boundaries, no borders,
      all one. Surely that is a glimpse of how God sees it. Therein lies
      the secret of humility: to see things as God sees them, because that
      is how things truly are! That means seeing things like neither the
      scrappy blue jay, nor the monk inside who just as foolishly thinks
      something is his to control, that he has a privilege others do not,
      that his hegemony must be protected at any cost!

      Of course, it is all too easy to see things in an nation state way,
      especially these days. One nation hates another or hates their
      agenda. Ah, but that is how it has worked out! How it started was no
      doubt one incident, lost in the mists of time, forgotten except for
      the rivalry it engendered, which took on a life of its own. Perhaps
      the progenitors of two warring nations of today met once at the same
      oasis with their flocks. Maybe one decided it was hers, maybe both
      did. At any rate, the fallout was terrible for centuries.

      Each of us faces a desert oasis with others. How little we reflect
      that our actions there could change history. We will never know until
      heaven how our choices to assert or defer literally change the
      history of the cosmos, however slightly. All things start out small,
      but then they grow! Which outcome do you wish to nourish with your
      life? What we do with our hearts affects the whole universe.

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

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    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Prayers, please, for Maureen, surgery on her Achilles tendon and a few weeks on crutches in New York City- not the easiest place in the world to be on
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 5, 2005
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        Prayers, please, for Maureen, surgery on her Achilles tendon and a few weeks on crutches in New York City- not the easiest place in the world to be on crutches! Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of a young Belgian husband and father of two who committed suicide, and for all his family and friends. Prayers, too, for Adam, his happy death and eternal rest. He was killed in a fall at work, leaving a wife and young daughter. Prayers for all his family and friends. Thanks to all for their prayers from Cate, and Deo gratias that her surgery went very well. She said she could feel the prayers surrounding her! 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 4, June 5, October 5
        Chapter 7: On Humility

        The seventh degree of humility
        is that he consider himself lower and of less account
        than anyone else,
        and this not only in verbal protestation
        but also with the most heartfelt inner conviction,
        humbling himself and saying with the Prophet,
        "But I am a worm and no man,
        the scorn of men and the outcast of the people" (Ps. 21:7).
        "After being exalted, I have been humbled
        and covered with confusion" (Ps. 87:16).
        And again,
        "It is good for me that You have humbled me,
        that I may learn Your commandments" (Ps. 118:71).

        REFLECTION

        No one need worry whether or not the blue jay population of our
        forest will make it through the winter! Mary Kenny keeps the feeder
        full and the blue jays bully and terrorize all the other birds-
        including members of their own species lower in the pecking order.
        And it is LITERALLY a pecking order! While they are pretty birds,
        once in action their belligerent personalities will dispel many a
        romantic notion!

        Contrast the cardinals and chickadees, both far lovelier to look at,
        and both well aware that they need to stay out of the jays' way! One
        imagines that the cardinals, strikingly red, might be as numerous as
        their blue cousins if they were anywhere near as combative. Below
        even these in the hierarchy are the slate juncos. None too eye-
        catching, a rather sooty gray, and spending almost all of their time
        gleaning on the ground, not at the feeder. It is a niche they seem
        not to mind at all. Their attraction is not in plumage, but in the
        humility of their dispositions.

        Of course, I watch all this from the dining room window and am amused.
        These scrappy jays are fighting over a front yard that they don't
        own. They are battling for food that is always there and will be
        there in plenty. And hey, they are BIRDS, right? What's all this
        idiocy about who's-better-than-who? It's like watching a lot of
        Lilliputians in hand-to-hand, mortal combat. It's so silly that it is
        laughable. This is my front yard, guys, not yours!

        Whoops! Just fell into the same stupid snare as the birds....

        One of the beautiful things the late Israeli astronaut on the
        Columbia, Ilan Ramon, said about the view from space was that the
        earth was just one beautiful blue ball, no boundaries, no borders,
        all one. Surely that is a glimpse of how God sees it. Therein lies
        the secret of humility: to see things as God sees them, because that
        is how things truly are! That means seeing things like neither the
        scrappy blue jay, nor the monk inside who just as foolishly thinks
        something is his to control, that he has a privilege others do not,
        that his hegemony must be protected at any cost!

        Of course, it is all too easy to see things in an nation state way,
        especially these days. One nation hates another or hates their
        agenda. Ah, but that is how it has worked out! How it started was no
        doubt one incident, lost in the mists of time, forgotten except for
        the rivalry it engendered, which took on a life of its own. Perhaps
        the progenitors of two warring Mideast nations of today met once at the same
        oasis with their flocks. Maybe one decided it was hers, maybe both
        did. At any rate, the fallout was terrible for centuries.

        Each of us faces a desert oasis with others. How little we reflect
        that our actions there could change history. We will never know until
        heaven how our choices to assert or defer literally change the
        history of the cosmos, however slightly. All things start out small,
        but then they grow! Which outcome do you wish to nourish with your
        life? What we do with our hearts affects the whole universe.

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

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      • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
        +PAX Prayers for Ted, investigating becoming an Oblate. Prayers for TPD, many emotional issues and a lot of stress and anger assailing him right now. Really
        Message 3 of 4 , Oct 4, 2006
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          Prayers for Ted, investigating becoming an Oblate. Prayers for TPD, many
          emotional issues and a lot of stress and anger assailing him right now. Really
          needs prayers from us all badly. Prayers of thank and Deo gratias, Br. Felix's
          Mom had a successful hip surgery with a pin put in place, prayers for her
          convalescence and recovery now. Prayers for Rob, perhaps a day or two from death
          from his cancer, for his happy death and eternal rest and for his family and
          all who are going through this trying end time with him. Prayers for Amanda,
          elevated white blood cells, possible colitis, but could be colon cancer,
          too, and for all her family. Prayers for one struggling bravely for chastity,
          and for all assailed by sexual temptations or addictions and for all those
          wrestling with any addictions. 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 4, June 5, October 5
          Chapter 7: On Humility

          The seventh degree of humility
          is that he consider himself lower and of less account
          than anyone else,
          and this not only in verbal protestation
          but also with the most heartfelt inner conviction,
          humbling himself and saying with the Prophet,
          "But I am a worm and no man,
          the scorn of men and the outcast of the people" (Ps. 21:7).
          "After being exalted, I have been humbled
          and covered with confusion" (Ps. 87:16).
          And again,
          "It is good for me that You have humbled me,
          that I may learn Your commandments" (Ps. 118:71).

          REFLECTION

          No one need worry whether or not the blue jay population of our
          forest will make it through the winter! Mary Kenny keeps the feeder
          full and the blue jays bully and terrorize all the other birds-
          including members of their own species lower in the pecking order.
          And it is LITERALLY a pecking order! While they are pretty birds,
          once in action their belligerent personalities will dispel many a
          romantic notion!

          Contrast the cardinals and chickadees, both far lovelier to look at,
          and both well aware that they need to stay out of the jays' way! One
          imagines that the cardinals, strikingly red, might be as numerous as
          their blue cousins if they were anywhere near as combative. Below
          even these in the hierarchy are the slate juncos. None too eye-
          catching, a rather sooty gray, and spending almost all of their time
          gleaning on the ground, not at the feeder. It is a niche they seem
          not to mind at all. Their attraction is not in plumage, but in the
          humility of their dispositions.

          Of course, I watch all this from the dining room window and am amused.
          These scrappy jays are fighting over a front yard that they don't
          own. They are battling for food that is always there and will be
          there in plenty. And hey, they are BIRDS, right? What's all this
          idiocy about who's-better-than-who? It's like watching a lot of
          Lilliputians in hand-to-hand, mortal combat. It's so silly that it is
          laughable. This is my front yard, guys, not yours!

          Whoops! Just fell into the same stupid snare as the birds....

          One of the beautiful things the late Israeli astronaut on the
          Columbia, Ilan Ramon, said about the view from space was that the
          earth was just one beautiful blue ball, no boundaries, no borders,
          all one. Surely that is a glimpse of how God sees it. Therein lies
          the secret of humility: to see things as God sees them, because that
          is how things truly are! That means seeing things like neither the
          scrappy blue jay, nor the monk inside who just as foolishly thinks
          something is his to control, that he has a privilege others do not,
          that his hegemony must be protected at any cost!

          Of course, it is all too easy to see things in an nation state way,
          especially these days. One nation hates another or hates their
          agenda. Ah, but that is how it has worked out! How it started was no
          doubt one incident, lost in the mists of time, forgotten except for
          the rivalry it engendered, which took on a life of its own. Perhaps
          the progenitors of two warring Mideast nations of today met once at the same
          oasis with their flocks. Maybe one decided it was hers, maybe both
          did. At any rate, the fallout was terrible for centuries.

          Each of us faces a desert oasis with others. How little we reflect
          that our actions there could change history. We will never know until
          heaven how our choices to assert or defer literally change the
          history of the cosmos, however slightly. All things start out small,
          but then they grow! Which outcome do you wish to nourish with your
          life? What we do with our hearts affects the whole universe.

          Love and prayers,
          Jerome, OSB
          _http://www.stmarysmonastery.org_ (http://www.stmarysmonastery.org/)
          Petersham, MA



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        • Br. Jerome Leo
          +PAX Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias for Haley, whose surgery went very well; her doctor said it was a minor miracle she didn t lose her leg. Prayers for the
          Message 4 of 4 , Oct 4, 2007
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            Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias for Haley, whose surgery went very well; her doctor said it was a minor miracle she didn't lose her leg.

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

            Sr. Clare Benedicta, pending back surgery.

            For final perseverance for Robert and his family.

            John and his children, Matthew and Allyson, multiple problems for John this year, then he lost his family to divorce.

            Shirley, Vanessa, and a co-worker, special intentions.

            Coletta, 80, lumpectomy yesterday and radiation to follow, also for her son, Tom, and her granddaughter, Audrey.

            Dan, 55, liver complications.

            Steve, beginning his second discernment retreat at Spring Bank Abbey.

            Sylvia, very serious leg infection requiring massive IV antibiotics at the hospital every 17 hours, but she has no transportation to get there and no one to look after her 90 year old mother, whom she takes care of. Prayers for them both!

            Lord, help us al 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 4, June 5, October 5
            Chapter 7: On Humility

            The seventh degree of humility
            is that he consider himself lower and of less account
            than anyone else,
            and this not only in verbal protestation
            but also with the most heartfelt inner conviction,
            humbling himself and saying with the Prophet,
            "But I am a worm and no man,
            the scorn of men and the outcast of the people" (Ps. 21:7).
            "After being exalted, I have been humbled
            and covered with confusion" (Ps. 87:16).
            And again,
            "It is good for me that You have humbled me,
            that I may learn Your commandments" (Ps. 118:71).

            REFLECTION

            No one need worry whether or not the blue jay population of our
            forest will make it through the winter! Mary Kenny keeps the feeder
            full and the blue jays bully and terrorize all the other birds-
            including members of their own species lower in the pecking order.
            And it is LITERALLY a pecking order! While they are pretty birds,
            once in action their belligerent personalities will dispel many a
            romantic notion!

            Contrast the cardinals and chickadees, both far lovelier to look at,
            and both well aware that they need to stay out of the jays' way! One
            imagines that the cardinals, strikingly red, might be as numerous as
            their blue cousins if they were anywhere near as combative. Below
            even these in the hierarchy are the slate juncos. None too eye-
            catching, a rather sooty gray, and spending almost all of their time
            gleaning on the ground, not at the feeder. It is a niche they seem
            not to mind at all. Their attraction is not in plumage, but in the
            humility of their dispositions.

            Of course, I watch all this from the dining room window and am amused.
            These scrappy jays are fighting over a front yard that they don't
            own. They are battling for food that is always there and will be
            there in plenty. And hey, they are BIRDS, right? What's all this
            idiocy about who's-better-than-who? It's like watching a lot of
            Lilliputians in hand-to-hand, mortal combat. It's so silly that it is
            laughable. This is my front yard, guys, not yours!

            Whoops! Just fell into the same stupid snare as the birds....

            One of the beautiful things the late Israeli astronaut on the
            Columbia, Ilan Ramon, said about the view from space was that the
            earth was just one beautiful blue ball, no boundaries, no borders,
            all one. Surely that is a glimpse of how God sees it. Therein lies
            the secret of humility: to see things as God sees them, because that
            is how things truly are! That means seeing things like neither the
            scrappy blue jay, nor the monk inside who just as foolishly thinks
            something is his to control, that he has a privilege others do not,
            that his hegemony must be protected at any cost!

            Of course, it is all too easy to see things in an nation state way,
            especially these days. One nation hates another or hates their
            agenda. Ah, but that is how it has worked out! How it started was no
            doubt one incident, lost in the mists of time, forgotten except for
            the rivalry it engendered, which took on a life of its own. Perhaps
            the progenitors of two warring Mideast nations of today met once at the same
            oasis with their flocks. Maybe one decided it was hers, maybe both
            did. At any rate, the fallout was terrible for centuries.

            Each of us faces a desert oasis with others. How little we reflect
            that our actions there could change history. We will never know until
            heaven how our choices to assert or defer literally change the
            history of the cosmos, however slightly. All things start out small,
            but then they grow! Which outcome do you wish to nourish with your
            life? What we do with our hearts affects the whole universe.

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










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