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Holy Rule for Oct. 13

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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Prayers, please, for Mr. Kloss, father of our Sisters Mary Elizabeth and Mary Angela, also of George, one of our devoted friends and a reader of these
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 13, 2004
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      Prayers, please, for Mr. Kloss, father of our Sisters Mary Elizabeth and Mary Angela, also of George, one of our devoted friends and a reader of these reflections, as well as a large family of siblings. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord! And prayers for all his family, too. Prayers, too, for Ali, her Mom and all their family; her Mom's cancer has spread to spine and pelvis and they await her prognosis. Prayers, too, for Margaret, on her birthday, and for her late husband, Paul. God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Thanks so much. JL


      Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time

      From Easter until the Calends of November
      let the same number of Psalms be kept as prescribed above;
      but no lessons are to be read from the book,
      on account of the shortness of the nights.
      Instead of those three lessons
      let one lesson from the Old Testament be said by heart
      and followed by a short responsory.
      But all the rest should be done as has been said;
      that is to say that never fewer than twelve Psalms
      should be said at the Night Office,
      not counting Psalm 3 and Psalm 94.


      REFLECTION

      The rhythm here is pure agriculture, not liturgy: when the sun rises
      sooner, so do the farm chores, which have no human seasonal clocks to
      tell them otherwise! Critters have to be cared for, milked and
      pastured according to their clocks, not ours. The upshot of this is
      that, for nearly 1,500 years, until the late 1960's, Benedictines
      followed the Holy Rule's advice and said Matins differently in the
      summer and winter, even in the cities. (It is worthy of note that, at
      least in the U.S., agricultural enterprises were being abandoned at
      about the same time as no longer economically feasible in many
      houses.)

      Put another spin on this and you will find, especially if you are an
      Oblate, that St. Benedict intends at least some aspects of his
      monastic program to adapt themselves to the environment in which the
      monastic lives. Do no wear yourself out trying to make the very
      square peg of a relentless monastic life fit into the intractably
      round hole of a life in the world. Don't try to make your kids (or
      spouse!) understand that you are going to be monastic, no matter what
      they are or aren't. For one thing, if you in any way diminish your
      primary vocation, like marriage or parenthood, you are not going to
      be monastic at all! The key to our struggle is obedience and
      humility, not control of others.

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

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    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX This is such a busy week [nearly full guesthouse!] that I am finding it hard to answer all prayer requests other than by posting them here. Please forgive
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 13, 2005
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        This is such a busy week [nearly full guesthouse!] that I am finding it hard to answer all prayer requests other than by posting them here. Please forgive me and take the post itself as an acknowledgement and promise of my own prayers, too.

        Prayers, please, for a man who fainted at the wheel and clipped the porch of one of our Oblate's, then crashed into a Post Office. He is in very serious condition, also for Michael, whose home he hit. Prayers for Keara, ill, with a concert coming up, and for Brendan, a director who overdid and wound up in the hospital on the opening night of his play. Prayers for Rebecca in Australia, mother of a small child, whose treatment options are running out. Prayers for Lindsay, 19, very suspicious lump in her breast, and for Sr. Irene, 92, congestive heart failure. Prayers of thanks and Deo gratias for Dave, lymph nodes seem clear after prostate surgery and for Frank, who has been able to keep his job, in spite of large lay-offs. Prayers for Lillian and Jason, currently separated, and for their children, Michael, Joseph and Brendan, as custody issues loom large. 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

        Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time

        From Easter until the Calends of November
        let the same number of Psalms be kept as prescribed above;
        but no lessons are to be read from the book,
        on account of the shortness of the nights.
        Instead of those three lessons
        let one lesson from the Old Testament be said by heart
        and followed by a short responsory.
        But all the rest should be done as has been said;
        that is to say that never fewer than twelve Psalms
        should be said at the Night Office,
        not counting Psalm 3 and Psalm 94.


        REFLECTION

        The rhythm here is pure agriculture, not liturgy: when the sun rises
        sooner, so do the farm chores, which have no human seasonal clocks to
        tell them otherwise! Critters have to be cared for, milked and
        pastured according to their clocks, not ours. The upshot of this is
        that, for nearly 1,500 years, until the late 1960's, Benedictines
        followed the Holy Rule's advice and said Matins differently in the
        summer and winter, even in the cities. (It is worthy of note that, at
        least in the U.S., agricultural enterprises were being abandoned at
        about the same time as no longer economically feasible in many
        houses.)

        Put another spin on this and you will find, especially if you are an
        Oblate, that St. Benedict intends at least some aspects of his
        monastic program to adapt themselves to the environment in which the
        monastic lives. Do no wear yourself out trying to make the very
        square peg of a relentless monastic life fit into the intractably
        round hole of a life in the world. Don't try to make your kids (or
        spouse!) understand that you are going to be monastic, no matter what
        they are or aren't. For one thing, if you in any way diminish your
        primary vocation, like marriage or parenthood, you are not going to
        be monastic at all! The key to our struggle is obedience and
        humility, not control of others.

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

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      • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
        +PAX Prayers, please for Mark. We prayed for him earlier when he broke his leg in a football game. Convalescing has left him off the team and feeling a bit
        Message 3 of 3 , Oct 12, 2006
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          Prayers, please for Mark. We prayed for him earlier when he broke his leg in
          a football game. Convalescing has left him off the team and feeling a bit
          disconnected from things, now he has SAT tests coming at him, a lot for a young
          man dealing with many changes to handle, so prayers are most welcome.
          Prayers for M a delightful and beautiful young woman who is finding it
          difficult to find a good partner. She would dearly love to have a family.

          Jack needs prayers for his Dad, 85, who has had a mild stroke. There is also
          some lung trouble with fluid and he has abestosis. Something also wrong with
          his kidney, perhaps cancer. Prayers, too, for Jack and his wife, Frances,
          and all the family. 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

          Chapter 10: How the Night Office Is to Be Said in Summer Time

          From Easter until the Calends of November
          let the same number of Psalms be kept as prescribed above;
          but no lessons are to be read from the book,
          on account of the shortness of the nights.
          Instead of those three lessons
          let one lesson from the Old Testament be said by heart
          and followed by a short responsory.
          But all the rest should be done as has been said;
          that is to say that never fewer than twelve Psalms
          should be said at the Night Office,
          not counting Psalm 3 and Psalm 94.


          REFLECTION

          The rhythm here is pure agriculture, not liturgy: when the sun rises
          sooner, so do the farm chores, which have no human seasonal clocks to
          tell them otherwise! Critters have to be cared for, milked and
          pastured according to their clocks, not ours. The upshot of this is
          that, for nearly 1,500 years, until the late 1960's, Benedictines
          followed the Holy Rule's advice and said Matins differently in the
          summer and winter, even in the cities. (It is worthy of note that, at
          least in the U.S., agricultural enterprises were being abandoned at
          about the same time as no longer economically feasible in many
          houses.)

          Put another spin on this and you will find, especially if you are an
          Oblate, that St. Benedict intends at least some aspects of his
          monastic program to adapt themselves to the environment in which the
          monastic lives. Do no wear yourself out trying to make the very
          square peg of a relentless monastic life fit into the intractably
          round hole of a life in the world. Don't try to make your kids (or
          spouse!) understand that you are going to be monastic, no matter what
          they are or aren't. For one thing, if you in any way diminish your
          primary vocation, like marriage or parenthood, you are not going to
          be monastic at all! The key to our struggle is obedience and
          humility, not control of others.

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




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