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Holy Rule for Nov. 12

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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Prayers, please, for Ann, on her birthday, and for the repose of the souls of Lou, Basil and Marina. Prayers, too, for return to the faith for Bonnie,
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 12, 2004
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      Prayers, please, for Ann, on her birthday, and for the repose of the souls of Lou, Basil and Marina. Prayers, too, for return to the faith for Bonnie, Rich and Louis. Prayers, too, for the speediest publication of the new Monastic Antiphonal from Solesmes, now held up by some snags. So many houses will profit from that! God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Alleluia! Thanks so much. JL

      March 13, July 13, November 12
      Chapter 35: On the Weekly Servers in the Kitchen

      Let the brethren serve one another,
      and let no one be excused from the kitchen service
      except by reason of sickness
      or occupation in some important work.
      For this service brings increase of reward and of charity.
      But let helpers be provided for the weak ones,
      that they may not be distressed by this work;
      and indeed let everyone have help,
      as required by the size of the community
      or the circumstances of the locality.
      If the community is a large one,
      the cellarer shall be excused from the kitchen service;
      and so also those whose occupations are of greater utility,
      as we said above.
      Let the rest serve one another in charity.


      The one who is ending his week of service
      shall do the cleaning on Saturday.
      He shall wash the towels
      with which the brethren wipe their hands and feet;
      and this server who is ending his week,
      aided by the one who is about to begin,
      shall wash the feet of all the brethren.
      He shall return the utensils of his office to the cellarer
      clean and in good condition,
      and the cellarer in turn shall consign them to the incoming server,
      in order that he may know
      what he gives out and what he receives back.

      REFLECTION

      I know some houses have moved away from having table waiters, but
      something is lost in that. We have cafeteria style first portions
      here, than the waiter goes around to offer seconds and clears the
      dishes. It isn't a really big deal, but it does have a great reward,
      as the Holy Rule points out. Because we are a small community, only
      7, everyone, even the Superior takes a turn at waiting.

      Formerly, in some houses (maybe in all, but I am not sure,) the Abbot
      would wait tables on Holy Thursday. There was a nice connection
      there: he who held the place of Christ waited on all on the feast of
      the Last Supper, and washed the feet of twelve in Church that day.

      The connection here is personalist. Waiting on people connects you
      very much to them, as any waiter could tell you. Restaurants may not
      pursue that connection to any depth, but a home situation, like a
      monastery, surely does. There's a great notion here for Oblates who
      do not live alone: take turns waiting. We can get slumped into Dad or
      Mom or husband or wife always being waiter or waited upon. Switch
      off, care for each other, in this and many, many other ways!

      Serving our families makes us feel very special, a kind of special
      that I think humility completely allows. If you have children, for
      heaven's sake, teach them to cook. As they grow older, it might well
      result in a night off for you and the child will benefit. Our
      relationship with any group is hampered when we are only in a
      position of taking or receiving. To know the full breadth of love, we
      must be able to give back, in ways no matter how small.

      It is a very priestly and sacramental task to feed people. Not for
      nothing did Jesus leave us with a Meal to remember Him by, to remain
      among us as well! Not for nothing is the image of heaven a banquet.
      When we cook for (or clean up after!) our family and friends we are
      partaking in one of the fullest possible representations of the
      serving Christ.

      Love and prayers,

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

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    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Prayers for the happy death and repose of the soul of Ann Chatlos, who taught me much of what I write to you, very much my second Mother. She died some
      Message 2 of 4 , Nov 12, 2005
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        Prayers for the happy death and repose of the soul of Ann Chatlos, who taught me much of what I write to you, very much my second Mother. She died some years ago, but today is her 94th birthday, prayers, too, for her dear ones, Lou, Basil, Marina, Johnny and Louella, as well as her sons and grand kids. Prayers for Scott Bernier, Fr. Bede and I are going to his funeral today. Prayers for Margaret, an Oblate who lost her husband, John recently, and for his happy death and eternal rest.

        Prayers for Darvin, he lost his adult daughter 18 months ago, now his Mother has died and he is having a lot of medical problems and fears he has lost his faith. Prayers for Mary, making steps back to the faith after an absence of some years and for her to find the job God wants her to have. Prayers for Mark, a good athlete and member of a football team that has lost all season: he and his team mates could really use the joy of a win, and for George, his father, who hopes for a joyous end of season for the guys. 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 13, July 13, November 12
        Chapter 35: On the Weekly Servers in the Kitchen

        Let the brethren serve one another,
        and let no one be excused from the kitchen service
        except by reason of sickness
        or occupation in some important work.
        For this service brings increase of reward and of charity.
        But let helpers be provided for the weak ones,
        that they may not be distressed by this work;
        and indeed let everyone have help,
        as required by the size of the community
        or the circumstances of the locality.
        If the community is a large one,
        the cellarer shall be excused from the kitchen service;
        and so also those whose occupations are of greater utility,
        as we said above.
        Let the rest serve one another in charity.


        The one who is ending his week of service
        shall do the cleaning on Saturday.
        He shall wash the towels
        with which the brethren wipe their hands and feet;
        and this server who is ending his week,
        aided by the one who is about to begin,
        shall wash the feet of all the brethren.
        He shall return the utensils of his office to the cellarer
        clean and in good condition,
        and the cellarer in turn shall consign them to the incoming server,
        in order that he may know
        what he gives out and what he receives back.

        REFLECTION

        I know some houses have moved away from having table waiters, but
        something is lost in that. We have cafeteria style first portions
        here, than the waiter goes around to offer seconds and clears the
        dishes. It isn't a really big deal, but it does have a great reward,
        as the Holy Rule points out. Because we are a small community, only
        7, everyone, even the Superior takes a turn at waiting.

        Formerly, in some houses (maybe in all, but I am not sure,) the Abbot
        would wait tables on Holy Thursday. There was a nice connection
        there: he who held the place of Christ waited on all on the feast of
        the Last Supper, and washed the feet of twelve in Church that day.

        The connection here is personalist. Waiting on people connects you
        very much to them, as any waiter could tell you. Restaurants may not
        pursue that connection to any depth, but a home situation, like a
        monastery, surely does. There's a great notion here for Oblates who
        do not live alone: take turns waiting. We can get slumped into Dad or
        Mom or husband or wife always being waiter or waited upon. Switch
        off, care for each other, in this and many, many other ways!

        Serving our families makes us feel very special, a kind of special
        that I think humility completely allows. If you have children, for
        heaven's sake, teach them to cook. As they grow older, it might well
        result in a night off for you and the child will benefit. Our
        relationship with any group is hampered when we are only in a
        position of taking or receiving. To know the full breadth of love, we
        must be able to give back, in ways no matter how small.

        Tom Grimaldi, one of our Oblates, told me over breakfast at the guesthouse
        that often his Vespers is to cook for his family. I agreed that it readily is!
        Marriage is a sacrament, serving those of one's primary vocation is truly
        a holy work of prayer, if only we let it be! Tom uses Vespers tapes while
        he cooks, which has the added advantage of letting several Gregorian
        psalm tomes slip into memory for him. Now he can sing along much easier
        on his visits here!

        It is a very priestly and sacramental task to feed people. Not for
        nothing did Jesus leave us with a Meal to remember Him by, to remain
        among us as well! Not for nothing is the image of heaven a banquet.
        When we cook for (or clean up after!) our family and friends we are
        partaking in one of the fullest possible representations of the
        serving Christ.

        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 Ann. Prayers for Dorothy and for the return of her children and grandchildren to the practice of
        Message 3 of 4 , Nov 11, 2006
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          Prayers, please for the happy death and eternal rest of Ann. Prayers for
          Dorothy and for the return of her children and grandchildren to the practice of
          their faith. Prayers for Joey, 40's, chest pain and failed his cardiac stress
          test, also for Marty, his worried Mom and for all their family. Prayers for
          someone adjusting to a new home and job, big changes. Prayers for someone who
          committed suicide six weeks after successful open heart surgery, for a happy
          death and eternal rest and for all those left behind.


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        • Br. Jerome Leo
          +PAX Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of Ann, and for all who mourn her. Prayers for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the
          Message 4 of 4 , Nov 11, 2007
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            Prayers, please, for the happy death and eternal rest of Ann, and for all who mourn her.

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

            Megan, newly invested Oblate of our Nuns, ad multos annos, many years!!

            G., bipolar, moved into a retirement home.

            Louis, in prison for drug charges.

            Eli, on death row and not religious.

            M. and P., for graces in abundance.

            Mary F., adrenal exhaustion from stress. 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 13, July 13, November 12
            Chapter 35: On the Weekly Servers in the Kitchen

            Let the brethren serve one another,
            and let no one be excused from the kitchen service
            except by reason of sickness
            or occupation in some important work.
            For this service brings increase of reward and of charity.
            But let helpers be provided for the weak ones,
            that they may not be distressed by this work;
            and indeed let everyone have help,
            as required by the size of the community
            or the circumstances of the locality.
            If the community is a large one,
            the cellarer shall be excused from the kitchen service;
            and so also those whose occupations are of greater utility,
            as we said above.
            Let the rest serve one another in charity.


            The one who is ending his week of service
            shall do the cleaning on Saturday.
            He shall wash the towels
            with which the brethren wipe their hands and feet;
            and this server who is ending his week,
            aided by the one who is about to begin,
            shall wash the feet of all the brethren.
            He shall return the utensils of his office to the cellarer
            clean and in good condition,
            and the cellarer in turn shall consign them to the incoming server,
            in order that he may know
            what he gives out and what he receives back.

            REFLECTION

            I know some houses have moved away from having table waiters, but
            something is lost in that. We have cafeteria style first portions
            here, than the waiter goes around to offer seconds and clears the
            dishes. It isn't a really big deal, but it does have a great reward,
            as the Holy Rule points out. Because we are a small community, only
            7, everyone, even the Superior takes a turn at waiting.

            Formerly, in some houses (maybe in all, but I am not sure,) the Abbot
            would wait tables on Holy Thursday. There was a nice connection
            there: he who held the place of Christ waited on all on the feast of
            the Last Supper, and washed the feet of twelve in Church that day.

            The connection here is personalist. Waiting on people connects you
            very much to them, as any waiter could tell you. Restaurants may not
            pursue that connection to any depth, but a home situation, like a
            monastery, surely does. There's a great notion here for Oblates who
            do not live alone: take turns waiting. We can get slumped into Dad or
            Mom or husband or wife always being waiter or waited upon. Switch
            off, care for each other, in this and many, many other ways!

            Serving our families makes us feel very special, a kind of special
            that I think humility completely allows. If you have children, for
            heaven's sake, teach them to cook. As they grow older, it might well
            result in a night off for you and the child will benefit. Our
            relationship with any group is hampered when we are only in a
            position of taking or receiving. To know the full breadth of love, we
            must be able to give back, in ways no matter how small.

            Tom Grimaldi, one of our Oblates, told me over breakfast at the guesthouse
            that often his Vespers is to cook for his family. I agreed that it readily
            is! Marriage is a sacrament, serving those of one's primary vocation is truly
            a holy work of prayer, if only we let it be! Tom uses Vespers tapes while
            he cooks, which has the added advantage of letting several Gregorian
            psalm tomes slip into memory for him. Now he can sing along much easier
            on his visits here!

            It is a very priestly and sacramental task to feed people. Not for
            nothing did Jesus leave us with a Meal to remember Him by, to remain
            among us as well! Not for nothing is the image of heaven a banquet.
            When we cook for (or clean up after!) our family and friends we are
            partaking in one of the fullest possible representations of the
            serving Christ.

            Love and prayers,

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






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