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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Prayers, please, for Dee s Mom, who may have suffered a stroke, for Dee and her husband, John, too. Prayers of thanks for Amy, who got a good job as a
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 10, 2005
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      Prayers, please, for Dee's Mom, who may have suffered a stroke, for Dee and her husband, John, too. Prayers of thanks for Amy, who got a good job as a nanny. Deo gratias! Prayers, too, for Fr. Jude, new Oblate director at St. Leo, and for his Oblates, that they all grow in faith and grace and love together. God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Alleluia! Thanks so much. JL

      January 10, May 11, September 10
      Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

      Let the Abbess always bear in mind
      that at the dread Judgment of God
      there will be an examination of these two matters:
      her teaching and the obedience of her disciples.
      And let the Abbess be sure
      that any lack of profit
      the master of the house may find in the sheep
      will be laid to the blame of the shepherd.

      On the other hand,
      if the shepherd has bestowed all her pastoral diligence
      on a restless, unruly flock
      and tried every remedy for their unhealthy behavior,
      then she will be acquitted at the Lord's Judgment
      and may say to the Lord with the Prophet:
      "I have not concealed Your justice within my heart;
      Your truth and Your salvation I have declared" (Ps. 39:11).
      "But they have despised and rejected me" (Is. 1:2; Ezech. 20:27).
      And then finally let death itself, irresistible,
      punish those disobedient sheep under her charge.

      REFLECTION

      Be of good cheer, all abbots and parents! St. Benedict wrote this
      over a thousand years before the dawn of psychiatry. He was very holy
      and very wise, but he was a creation of his own times. I think it is
      safe to say that, in St. Benedict's time and for many centuries
      afterward, there was a tendency to look at most behavior as choice,
      not compulsion. Things were somewhat more black and white. Under a
      system such as that given in the first half of this reading, many, if
      not most parents of today would fry without a doubt.

      I needed exactly the parents I got, so did my Dad, so did my Mom, so
      did their parents. That's just another way of saying that we are all
      victims of victims,a concept of which St. Benedict probably would
      never have dreamed. But in some way each of us is a victim of
      something, as are our parents and so on.

      Consider the marvel of God's tailoring one abbess to 50 nuns; quite a
      deal, isn't it? Now consider this. For each of us to get our perfect
      victims of victims, here's a PARTIAL picture of God's fine tuning.
      Obviously, the whole chain has to fit or it comes out wrong. We each
      have 8,388,608 21st great-grandparents, with a total of parents and
      grandparents in those 24 generations of 16,777,214.

      That total is comfortably more than the combined populations of the
      cities of New York, Boston, Chicago, Tampa, Washington, DC, and the
      entire State of Missouri. And, for a person alive today, that would
      probably only get you back to about the year 1000 AD. Begin to get
      the picture of how God has thought of us (and them!) from all
      eternity? There's a lot more than 50 nuns going on here, in fact,
      there was a different and equal set of forbears for each of those 50
      nuns AND their abbess.

      By the way, St. Benedict had a lot of help from the Holy Spirit.
      Hence, although he wrote the second part of today's reading, about
      the acquittal of the abbess who's done her best, without the benefit
      of modern psychology, it nevertheless fits right in to our current
      awareness. No one can give what they don't have (or, if they do, it's
      only the working of grace that makes that possible.) I can't teach
      you Hebrew, I don't know it. But, if I was suddenly presented with
      the fact that I'd HAVE to teach Hebrew, I'd buy a beginning text and
      we'd stumble through somehow together. How very like parenting,
      except that, for most of our partial crowd of sixteen million, there
      were no textbooks!

      Parents and abbatial types, take heart. God not only CAN use
      anything, He HAS to use anything. The human standards throughout
      history after Eden have made that more than certain. God knows and
      loves each of us. He is more parent than we are and He is, unlike
      ourselves, perfect.

      If a six year old child had been forced to plan the Coronation of the
      Queen, it probably would have been MUCH different. For one thing,
      there'd probably have been a lot more elephants and clowns in the
      parade! Most of us with any kind of hearts would have smiled at the
      child's efforts, been surprised that they actually did so well. That,
      m'dears, is exactly the attitude of God toward us, except that He
      isn't surprised: He knew all along that we could do well!

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

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    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Prayer requests will appear later today, as I did a VERY long update download this morning and won t have time to get them in before Mass, though I did
      Message 2 of 3 , Jan 10, 2006
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        Prayer requests will appear later today, as I did a VERY long update download this morning and won't have time to get them in before Mass, though I did want to get the Holy Rule itself out to you. Prayers will probably arrive sometime this afternoon. Thanks! JL

        January 10, May 11, September 10
        Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

        Let the Abbess always bear in mind
        that at the dread Judgment of God
        there will be an examination of these two matters:
        her teaching and the obedience of her disciples.
        And let the Abbess be sure
        that any lack of profit
        the master of the house may find in the sheep
        will be laid to the blame of the shepherd.

        On the other hand,
        if the shepherd has bestowed all her pastoral diligence
        on a restless, unruly flock
        and tried every remedy for their unhealthy behavior,
        then she will be acquitted at the Lord's Judgment
        and may say to the Lord with the Prophet:
        "I have not concealed Your justice within my heart;
        Your truth and Your salvation I have declared" (Ps. 39:11).
        "But they have despised and rejected me" (Is. 1:2; Ezech. 20:27).
        And then finally let death itself, irresistible,
        punish those disobedient sheep under her charge.

        REFLECTION

        Be of good cheer, all abbots and parents! St. Benedict wrote this
        over a thousand years before the dawn of psychiatry. He was very holy
        and very wise, but he was a creation of his own times. I think it is
        safe to say that, in St. Benedict's time and for many centuries
        afterward, there was a tendency to look at most behavior as choice,
        not compulsion. Things were somewhat more black and white. Under a
        system such as that given in the first half of this reading, many, if
        not most parents of today would fry without a doubt.

        I needed exactly the parents I got, so did my Dad, so did my Mom, so
        did their parents. That's just another way of saying that we are all
        victims of victims,a concept of which St. Benedict probably would
        never have dreamed. But in some way each of us is a victim of
        something, as are our parents and so on.

        Consider the marvel of God's tailoring one abbess to 50 nuns; quite a
        deal, isn't it? Now consider this. For each of us to get our perfect
        victims of victims, here's a PARTIAL picture of God's fine tuning.
        Obviously, the whole chain has to fit or it comes out wrong. We each
        have 8,388,608 21st great-grandparents, with a total of parents and
        grandparents in those 24 generations of 16,777,214.

        That total is comfortably more than the combined populations of the
        cities of New York, Boston, Chicago, Tampa, Washington, DC, and the
        entire State of Missouri. And, for a person alive today, that would
        probably only get you back to about the year 1000 AD. Begin to get
        the picture of how God has thought of us (and them!) from all
        eternity? There's a lot more than 50 nuns going on here, in fact,
        there was a different and equal set of forbears for each of those 50
        nuns AND their abbess.

        By the way, St. Benedict had a lot of help from the Holy Spirit.
        Hence, although he wrote the second part of today's reading, about
        the acquittal of the abbess who's done her best, without the benefit
        of modern psychology, it nevertheless fits right in to our current
        awareness. No one can give what they don't have (or, if they do, it's
        only the working of grace that makes that possible.) I can't teach
        you Hebrew, I don't know it. But, if I was suddenly presented with
        the fact that I'd HAVE to teach Hebrew, I'd buy a beginning text and
        we'd stumble through somehow together. How very like parenting,
        except that, for most of our partial crowd of sixteen million, there
        were no textbooks!

        Parents and abbatial types, take heart. God not only CAN use
        anything, He HAS to use anything. The human standards throughout
        history after Eden have made that more than certain. God knows and
        loves each of us. He is more parent than we are and He is, unlike
        ourselves, perfect.

        If a six year old child had been forced to plan the Coronation of the
        Queen, it probably would have been MUCH different. For one thing,
        there'd probably have been a lot more elephants and clowns in the
        parade! Most of us with any kind of hearts would have smiled at the
        child's efforts, been surprised that they actually did so well. That,
        m'dears, is exactly the attitude of God toward us, except that He
        isn't surprised: He knew all along that we could do well!

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

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      • Br. Jerome Leo
        +PAX Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all their loved ones and for all who take care of them: Rod, suffered
        Message 3 of 3 , Jan 9, 2008
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          Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all their loved ones and for all who take care of them:

          Rod, suffered a slight stroke, now hospitalized, and for his wife, Lucia.

          Tim, heart attack at work and stent put in, and for his fiancee, Audrey.

          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


          January 10, May 11, September 10
          Chapter 2: What Kind of Person the Abbess Ought to Be

          Let the Abbess always bear in mind
          that at the dread Judgment of God
          there will be an examination of these two matters:
          her teaching and the obedience of her disciples.
          And let the Abbess be sure
          that any lack of profit
          the master of the house may find in the sheep
          will be laid to the blame of the shepherd.

          On the other hand,
          if the shepherd has bestowed all her pastoral diligence
          on a restless, unruly flock
          and tried every remedy for their unhealthy behavior,
          then she will be acquitted at the Lord's Judgment
          and may say to the Lord with the Prophet:
          "I have not concealed Your justice within my heart;
          Your truth and Your salvation I have declared" (Ps. 39:11).
          "But they have despised and rejected me" (Is. 1:2; Ezech. 20:27).
          And then finally let death itself, irresistible,
          punish those disobedient sheep under her charge.

          REFLECTION

          Be of good cheer, all abbots and parents! St. Benedict wrote this
          over a thousand years before the dawn of psychiatry. He was very holy
          and very wise, but he was a creation of his own times. I think it is
          safe to say that, in St. Benedict's time and for many centuries
          afterward, there was a tendency to look at most behavior as choice,
          not compulsion. Things were somewhat more black and white. Under a
          system such as that given in the first half of this reading, many, if
          not most parents of today would fry without a doubt.

          I needed exactly the parents I got, so did my Dad, so did my Mom, so
          did their parents. That's just another way of saying that we are all
          victims of victims,a concept of which St. Benedict probably would
          never have dreamed. But in some way each of us is a victim of
          something, as are our parents and so on.

          Consider the marvel of God's tailoring one abbess to 50 nuns; quite a
          deal, isn't it? Now consider this. For each of us to get our perfect
          victims of victims, here's a PARTIAL picture of God's fine tuning.
          Obviously, the whole chain has to fit or it comes out wrong. We each
          have 8,388,608 21st great-grandparents, with a total of parents and
          grandparents in those 24 generations of 16,777,214.

          That total is comfortably more than the combined populations of the
          cities of New York, Boston, Chicago, Tampa, Washington, DC, and the
          entire State of Missouri. And, for a person alive today, that would
          probably only get you back to about the year 1000 AD. Begin to get
          the picture of how God has thought of us (and them!) from all
          eternity? There's a lot more than 50 nuns going on here, in fact,
          there was a different and equal set of forbears for each of those 50
          nuns AND their abbess.

          By the way, St. Benedict had a lot of help from the Holy Spirit.
          Hence, although he wrote the second part of today's reading, about
          the acquittal of the abbess who's done her best, without the benefit
          of modern psychology, it nevertheless fits right in to our current
          awareness. No one can give what they don't have (or, if they do, it's
          only the working of grace that makes that possible.) I can't teach
          you Hebrew, I don't know it. But, if I was suddenly presented with
          the fact that I'd HAVE to teach Hebrew, I'd buy a beginning text and
          we'd stumble through somehow together. How very like parenting,
          except that, for most of our partial crowd of sixteen million, there
          were no textbooks!

          Parents and abbatial types, take heart. God not only CAN use
          anything, He HAS to use anything. The human standards throughout
          history after Eden have made that more than certain. God knows and
          loves each of us. He is more parent than we are and He is, unlike
          ourselves, perfect.

          If a six year old child had been forced to plan the Coronation of the
          Queen, it probably would have been MUCH different. For one thing,
          there'd probably have been a lot more elephants and clowns in the
          parade! Most of us with any kind of hearts would have smiled at the
          child's efforts, been surprised that they actually did so well. That,
          m'dears, is exactly the attitude of God toward us, except that He
          isn't surprised: He knew all along that we could do well!

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

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