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Holy Rule for Oct. 11

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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Prayers of thanks for Gary, whose liver tests came back normal after long problems, prayers, too for Dorothy, awaiting quadruple bypass, at considerable
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 11, 2004
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      Prayers of thanks for Gary, whose liver tests came back normal after long problems, prayers, too for Dorothy, awaiting quadruple bypass, at considerable risk, and for Tony, Kim, and all her family and her caregivers, Larry and Dan. Prayers, for Matt, passing out with possible small strokes, also going for lung biopsy, and for his family. Prayers for the repose of the soul of actor Christopher Reeve. God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Thanks so much. JL

      February 10, June 11, October 11
      Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

      In the winter time,
      that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
      the sisters shall rise
      at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
      so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
      and rise with their rest completed.
      And the time that remains after the Night Office
      should be spent in study
      by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
      or the lessons.


      From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
      the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
      which is to be said at daybreak,
      will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
      during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.

      REFLECTION

      In St. Benedict's time, and for centuries afterwards, life on a self-sustaining
      farm, which monasteries were supposed to be, was far more difficult and
      time consuming than it would be today. The simplest things that we now do
      with the flick of a switch were big deals, involving lots of human workers and
      every available daylight hour.

      Hence, the monks got up early, very early, to get in much of their monastic day
      before the sun (and the critters!) rose for the day. There was, of course, a
      penitential aspect to this early rising, too, but a lot of it was the practicality of sheer
      necessity. One can look at monastic schedules in history and see that
      as farm labor became less, rising times became later. Not a lot of point in getting up
      at the eighth hour of night , 2 AM, if you don't have to!

      There's at least a possible hint for Oblates of today in all this. Get up a bit
      earlier if you can, and devote those silent and dark morning hours or minutes to your
      monastic endeavors. Knock off a late TV favorite and go to bed a tad earlier. We
      always find time for what we love most. If, however, one is married and has a
      spouse that doesn't want one to blissfully retire at 7:30 or so, this will not
      work. Marriage is a primary, sacramental vocation and demands precedence.

      Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
      is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
      bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. Its part of
      the human and part of family life. As casually as a Mother asks young
      children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
      of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
      without great discomfort!

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

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    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Continued prayers for newborn Connor, and Becca, his Mom, and all their family. 1.25 months premature, he is doing well and gained four ounces, but Mom
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 11, 2005
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        Continued prayers for newborn Connor, and Becca, his Mom, and all their family. 1.25 months premature, he is doing well and gained four ounces, but Mom has some blood work that needs to improve before being discharged. 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 10, June 11, October 11
        Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

        In the winter time,
        that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
        the sisters shall rise
        at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
        so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
        and rise with their rest completed.
        And the time that remains after the Night Office
        should be spent in study
        by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
        or the lessons.


        From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
        the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
        which is to be said at daybreak,
        will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
        during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.

        REFLECTION

        In St. Benedict's time, and for centuries afterwards, life on a self-sustaining
        farm, which monasteries were supposed to be, was far more difficult and
        time consuming than it would be today. The simplest things that we now do
        with the flick of a switch were big deals, involving lots of human workers and
        every available daylight hour.

        Hence, the monks got up early, very early, to get in much of their monastic day
        before the sun (and the critters!) rose for the day. There was, of course, a
        penitential aspect to this early rising, too, but a lot of it was the
        practicality of sheer necessity. One can look at monastic schedules in history
        and see that as farm labor became less, rising times became later. Not a lot
        of point in getting up at the eighth hour of night , 2 AM, if you don't have to!

        There's at least a possible hint for Oblates of today in all this. Get up a bit
        earlier if you can, and devote those silent and dark morning hours or minutes to
        your monastic endeavors. Knock off a late TV favorite and go to bed a tad earlier. We
        always find time for what we love most. If, however, one is married and has a
        spouse that doesn't want one to blissfully retire at 7:30 or so, this will not
        work. Marriage is a primary, sacramental vocation and demands precedence.

        Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
        is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
        bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. Its part of
        the human and part of family life. As casually as a Mother asks young
        children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
        of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
        without great discomfort!

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

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      • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
        +PAX Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of Antoine Fleurinck, 67, for his son, Fr. Brendan, and for all their family and all who mourn
        Message 3 of 4 , Oct 10, 2006
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          Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of Antoine Fleurinck,
          67, for his son, Fr. Brendan, and for all their family and all who mourn him.
          Prayers for Christiana, difficult to diagnose form of epilepsy, further
          testing being done, and for her worried Mom and Dad. Prayers for Rebecca, just
          told she has a serious health problem, and for her baby, Olivier, and her
          husband Bruno, both having similar surgeries within a week. Prayers for John and
          his business partner, starting a new venture, and for Trish, his wife, who
          worries for them. Prayers for John C. and his advisors as he makes important
          decisions about his future. Prayers for Lamar and his wife, Vickie. Lamar has a
          critical heart problem and will undergo serious open heart surgery tomorrow
          morning in Chattanooga. Prayers of Deo gratias and thanks, Nanette is home,
          her car repaired, but a $2,800 debt now faces her, so prayers for that, too.
          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 10, June 11, October 11
          Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

          In the winter time,
          that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
          the sisters shall rise
          at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
          so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
          and rise with their rest completed.
          And the time that remains after the Night Office
          should be spent in study
          by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
          or the lessons.


          From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
          the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
          which is to be said at daybreak,
          will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
          during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.

          REFLECTION

          In St. Benedict's time, and for centuries afterwards, life on a
          self-sustaining
          farm, which monasteries were supposed to be, was far more difficult and
          time consuming than it would be today. The simplest things that we now do
          with the flick of a switch were big deals, involving lots of human workers
          and
          every available daylight hour.

          Hence, the monks got up early, very early, to get in much of their monastic
          day
          before the sun (and the critters!) rose for the day. There was, of course, a
          penitential aspect to this early rising, too, but a lot of it was the
          practicality of sheer necessity. One can look at monastic schedules in
          history
          and see that as farm labor became less, rising times became later. Not a lot
          of point in getting up at the eighth hour of night , 2 AM, if you don't have
          to!

          There's at least a possible hint for Oblates of today in all this. Get up a
          bit
          earlier if you can, and devote those silent and dark morning hours or
          minutes to
          your monastic endeavors. Knock off a late TV favorite and go to bed a tad
          earlier. We always find time for what we love most. If, however, one is
          married and has a
          spouse that doesn't want one to blissfully retire at 7:30 or so, this will
          not
          work. Marriage is a primary, sacramental vocation and demands precedence.

          Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
          is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
          bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. Its part of
          the human and part of family life. As casually as a Mother asks young
          children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
          of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
          without great discomfort!

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



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        • Br. Jerome Leo
          +PAX Prayers, please, for the spiritual, physical and mental health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who carefor or treat them: Lucille,
          Message 4 of 4 , Oct 10, 2007
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            Prayers, please, for the spiritual, physical and mental health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who carefor or treat them:

            Lucille, Parkinson's disease, and for Allan, her son.

            Anastasia, troubled teen, running away again and out of touch.

            Bev, who had to put her beloved pet of 15 years, Thor, to sleep.

            Ann, on her birthday, and caught up in a terribly stressful mess at work.

            Joe, needing an annulment and a return to his Faith, and for Tim, also needing a return to Faith as do both their families. Lord, help us all as You know and wil. od's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent, praise Him! Thanks so much. JL

            February 10, June 11, October 11
            Chapter 8: On the Divine Office During the Night

            In the winter time,
            that is from the Calends of November until Easter,
            the sisters shall rise
            at what is calculated to be the eighth hour of the night,
            so that they may sleep somewhat longer than half the night
            and rise with their rest completed.
            And the time that remains after the Night Office
            should be spent in study
            by those sisters who need a better knowledge of the Psalter
            or the lessons.


            From Easter to the aforesaid Calends of November,
            the hour of rising should be so arranged that the Morning Office,
            which is to be said at daybreak,
            will follow the Night Office after a very short interval,
            during which they may go out for the necessities of nature.

            REFLECTION

            In St. Benedict's time, and for centuries afterwards, life on a
            self-sustaining farm, which monasteries were supposed to be, was far more difficult and
            time consuming than it would be today. The simplest things that we now do
            with the flick of a switch were big deals, involving lots of human workers
            and every available daylight hour.

            Hence, the monks got up early, very early, to get in much of their monastic
            day before the sun (and the critters!) rose for the day. There was, of course, a
            penitential aspect to this early rising, too, but a lot of it was the
            practicality of sheer necessity. One can look at monastic schedules in
            history and see that as farm labor became less, rising times became later. Not a lot
            of point in getting up at the eighth hour of night , 2 AM, if you don't have
            to!

            There's at least a possible hint for Oblates of today in all this. Get up a
            bit earlier if you can, and devote those silent and dark morning hours or
            minutes to your monastic endeavors. Knock off a late TV favorite and go to bed a tad
            earlier. We always find time for what we love most. If, however, one is
            married and has a spouse that doesn't want one to blissfully retire at 7:30 or so, this will
            not work. Marriage is a primary, sacramental vocation and demands precedence.

            Two very human glimpses into the personality of St. Benedict here. He
            is thoughtful and kind, making sure the monastics have time for a
            bathroom run and he is not prudish about mentioning it. Its part of
            the human and part of family life. As casually as a Mother asks young
            children if anybody "has to go" before a trip, he throws out mention
            of the fact that not everyone could make it through two long services
            without great discomfort!

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



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