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Holy Rule for Jan. 16

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  • Jerry Lee
    +PAX Prayers, please, for Tom Grimaldi, and all his family. Tom, his wife Kasey and his Mom, and his baby daughter, Gianna are all with us this weekend for
    Message 1 of 5 , Jan 16, 2005
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      Prayers, please, for Tom Grimaldi, and all his family. Tom, his wife Kasey and his Mom, and his baby daughter, Gianna are all with us this weekend for Tom's reception as an Oblate novice. Prayers for them all on this joyous day. Prayers, too, for Tom's Mom and her eye troubles. God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Alleluia! Thanks so much. JL

      January 16, May 17, September 16
      Chapter 3: On Calling the Brethren for Counsel

      Whenever any important business has to be done
      in the monastery,
      let the Abbot call together the whole community
      and state the matter to be acted upon.
      Then, having heard the brethren's advice,
      let him turn the matter over in his own mind
      and do what he shall judge to be most expedient.
      The reason we have said that all should be called for counsel
      is that the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best.

      Let the brethren give their advice
      with all the deference required by humility,
      and not presume stubbornly to defend their opinions;
      but let the decision rather depend on the Abbot's judgment,
      and all submit to whatever he shall decide for their welfare.

      However, just as it is proper
      for the disciples to obey their master,
      so also it is his function
      to dispose all things with prudence and justice.

      REFLECTION

      Benedictine government is not pure democracy, but it was a lot more
      representative than Church government in its time or, for that
      matter, our own. One wishes that both Church and state of today had a
      more Benedictine flavor!

      The Catholic Church actually had models in its early years that were
      MORE democratic than St. Benedict, the synagogue model and the
      charismatic, both more congregational in their aspects. Both were
      abandoned for the monarchial episcopate model connected with Antioch.
      The bishop became monarch and so it has largely remained. That model
      fell far below the Benedictine standard of at least consultative
      democracy.

      Over 15 centuries of Benedictine history, constitutions have divided
      the powers of abbot and community more specifically. There are times-
      not many, to be sure- when a chapter CAN thwart an abbot. There are
      times the abbot cannot act alone. But, by and large, our superiors
      have been left with a lot more power than the US President or the
      Queen of the United Kingdom, but less power than the average bishop.

      The way of St. Benedict is hardly mob rule, but it does ensure a
      voice to those governed, a voice that must be listened to, even when
      it is not definitive. How different the current scandals in the
      US might be if people only had as much voice as the Holy Rule allows.
      How clearly St. Benedict saw what would happen to a community in such
      an instance: the members would feel ripped off, and rightly so. Very
      important things had come to light, and the rank and file were left
      in the dark. Trust was violated and trust is the very foundation of
      community.

      There is no way at all that the world was ready for pure democracy in
      St. Benedict's time, in diocese or monastery. Large majorities of the
      populace were illiterate, few indeed were educated, and there were no
      means of mass communication. Whole empires, like the Aztec and Incan,
      rose without the slightest awareness that there were other people on
      the planet, nor was the rest of the world aware of them. I would be
      the last person to call for free elections in such a milieu. By
      contrast, it almost makes feudalism look like a really good idea for
      the times.

      And maybe it was, but it has ceased to be for our own time. There are
      clearly levels of education, communication and general ability in the
      population today that call for more participation, not less. Tough
      saying, but St. Benedict was writing for a society whose rank and
      file was largely full of really rustic, less than brightest bulb types.
      True, they got a lot of their rough edges honed down in the monastic
      setting, but they were not as capable of contributing to decision-making
      as people are today.

      I am not writing this with an axe to grind, saying that the Church
      and world should follow the Benedictine model. (Though that would
      certainly be my personal wish.) What I am trying to point out is the
      perennial wealth and freshness to be found in St. Benedict's Holy
      Rule. Its wisdom is as germane today as it was 1,500 years ago. It
      bears the proud hallmark of both truth and wisdom: it is ageless.

      In Church and State, the people of the developed world are ready,
      willing, and quite capable of having a lot more say than antiquated
      standards have allowed them. No wonder the powers that be are
      terrified of that.

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

      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    • Jerry Lee
      +PAX Prayers, please, for Amando, back pain, for Suzy, surgery for a hole in her heart, for Dar, gall bladder and cyst removal surgery on Thursday, and for
      Message 2 of 5 , Jan 16, 2006
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        Prayers, please, for Amando, back pain, for Suzy, surgery for a hole in her heart, for Dar, gall bladder and cyst removal surgery on Thursday, and for Gail, medical tests to determine what her illness is. Also for Frances' 97 yr. old Mother, hospitalized, diagnosis as yet uncertain, and for Frances. Huge Deo gratias for Steve, whose leukemia should have killed him by now: he continues to gain strength daily! Prayers for a pastor whose Church is so divided that a transfer had to be requested, such a painful decision for all. Lord, help us 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 16, May 17, September 16
        Chapter 3: On Calling the Brethren for Counsel

        Whenever any important business has to be done
        in the monastery,
        let the Abbot call together the whole community
        and state the matter to be acted upon.
        Then, having heard the brethren's advice,
        let him turn the matter over in his own mind
        and do what he shall judge to be most expedient.
        The reason we have said that all should be called for counsel
        is that the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best.

        Let the brethren give their advice
        with all the deference required by humility,
        and not presume stubbornly to defend their opinions;
        but let the decision rather depend on the Abbot's judgment,
        and all submit to whatever he shall decide for their welfare.

        However, just as it is proper
        for the disciples to obey their master,
        so also it is his function
        to dispose all things with prudence and justice.

        REFLECTION

        Benedictine government is not pure democracy, but it was a lot more
        representative than Church government in its time or, for that
        matter, our own. It was also vastly more democratic that secular feudalism!
        One wishes that both Church and state of today had a
        more Benedictine flavor!

        The Catholic Church actually had models in its early years that were
        MORE democratic than St. Benedict, the synagogue model and the
        charismatic, both more congregational in their aspects. Both were
        abandoned for the monarchial episcopate model connected with Antioch.
        The bishop became monarch and so it has largely remained. That model
        fell far below the Benedictine standard of at least consultative
        democracy.

        Over 15 centuries of Benedictine history, constitutions have divided
        the powers of abbot and community more specifically. There are times-
        not many, to be sure- when a chapter CAN thwart an abbot. There are
        times the abbot cannot act alone. But, by and large, our superiors
        have been left with a lot more power than the US President or the
        Queen of the United Kingdom, but less power than the average bishop.

        The way of St. Benedict is hardly mob rule, but it does ensure a
        voice to those governed, a voice that must be listened to, even when
        it is not definitive. How different history might be if people only had as
        much voice as the Holy Rule allows. How clearly St. Benedict saw what
        would happen to a community in such an instance: the members would
        feel ripped off, and rightly so. Very important things had come to light, and
        the rank and file were left in the dark. Trust was violated and trust is the
        very foundation of community.

        There is no way at all that the world was ready for pure democracy in
        St. Benedict's time, in diocese or monastery or state. Large majorities of the
        populace were illiterate, few indeed were educated, and there were no
        means of mass communication. Whole empires, like the Aztec and Incan,
        rose without the slightest awareness that there were other people on
        the planet, nor was the rest of the world aware of them. I would be
        the last person to call for free elections in such a milieu. By
        contrast, it almost makes feudalism look like a really good idea for
        the times.

        And maybe it was, but it has ceased to be for our own time. There are
        clearly levels of education, communication and general ability in the
        population today that call for more participation, not less. Tough
        saying, but St. Benedict was writing for a society whose rank and
        file was largely full of really rustic, less than brightest bulb types.
        True, they got a lot of their rough edges honed down in the monastic
        setting, but they were not as capable of contributing to decision-making
        as people are today.

        I am not writing this with an axe to grind, saying that the Church
        and world should follow the Benedictine model. (Though that would
        certainly be my personal wish.) What I am trying to point out is the
        perennial wealth and freshness to be found in St. Benedict's Holy
        Rule. Its wisdom is as germane today as it was 1,500 years ago. It
        bears the proud hallmark of both truth and wisdom: it is ageless.

        In Church and State, the people of the developed world are ready,
        willing, and quite capable of having a lot more say than antiquated
        standards have allowed them. No wonder the powers that be are
        terrified of that.

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

        [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      • Brjeromeleo@aol.com
        +PAX Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of Mal, dying from brain and lung cancer. Special prayers, because she does not believe in an afterlife. May
        Message 3 of 5 , Jan 15, 2007
          +PAX

          Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of Mal, dying from brain and
          lung cancer. Special prayers, because she does not believe in an afterlife. May
          God's face surprise her with joy at that last instant, and may she embrace
          Him and His Divine Mercy with all her heart. Prayers, too, for her friend who
          asked, and for all her family and those who will mourn her.

          Prayers for the happy death and eternal rest of Mary Jane, Parkinson's
          disease, now on hospice at home and has pneumonia and a urinary infection.
          Prayers, too, for her daughter, Carol, and all her family and those who will mourn
          her. Prayers for Barbara, some of her femur has to grow back healthy bone to
          cover a gap after her recent surgery, problems ensue if all does not go well.
          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 16, May 17, September 16
          Chapter 3: On Calling the Brethren for Counsel

          Whenever any important business has to be done
          in the monastery,
          let the Abbot call together the whole community
          and state the matter to be acted upon.
          Then, having heard the brethren's advice,
          let him turn the matter over in his own mind
          and do what he shall judge to be most expedient.
          The reason we have said that all should be called for counsel
          is that the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best.

          Let the brethren give their advice
          with all the deference required by humility,
          and not presume stubbornly to defend their opinions;
          but let the decision rather depend on the Abbot's judgment,
          and all submit to whatever he shall decide for their welfare.

          However, just as it is proper
          for the disciples to obey their master,
          so also it is his function
          to dispose all things with prudence and justice.

          REFLECTION

          Benedictine government is not pure democracy, but it was a lot more
          representative than Church government in its time or, for that
          matter, our own. It was also vastly more democratic that secular feudalism!
          One wishes that both Church and state of today had a
          more Benedictine flavor!

          The Catholic Church actually had models in its early years that were
          MORE democratic than St. Benedict, the synagogue model and the
          charismatic, both more congregational in their aspects. Both were
          abandoned for the monarchial episcopate model connected with Antioch.
          The bishop became monarch and so it has largely remained. That model
          fell far below the Benedictine standard of at least consultative
          democracy.

          Over 15 centuries of Benedictine history, constitutions have divided
          the powers of abbot and community more specifically. There are times-
          not many, to be sure- when a chapter CAN thwart an abbot. There are
          times the abbot cannot act alone. But, by and large, our superiors
          have been left with a lot more power than the US President or the
          Queen of the United Kingdom, but less power than the average bishop.

          The way of St. Benedict is hardly mob rule, but it does ensure a
          voice to those governed, a voice that must be listened to, even when
          it is not definitive. How different history might be if people only had as
          much voice as the Holy Rule allows. How clearly St. Benedict saw what
          would happen to a community in such an instance: the members would
          feel ripped off, and rightly so. Very important things had come to light, and
          the rank and file were left in the dark. Trust was violated and trust is the
          very foundation of community.

          There is no way at all that the world was ready for pure democracy in
          St. Benedict's time, in diocese or monastery or state. Large majorities of
          the
          populace were illiterate, few indeed were educated, and there were no
          means of mass communication. Whole empires, like the Aztec and Incan,
          rose without the slightest awareness that there were other people on
          the planet, nor was the rest of the world aware of them. I would be
          the last person to call for free elections in such a milieu. By
          contrast, it almost makes feudalism look like a really good idea for
          the times.

          And maybe it was, but it has ceased to be for our own time. There are
          clearly levels of education, communication and general ability in the
          population today that call for more participation, not less. Tough
          saying, but St. Benedict was writing for a society whose rank and
          file was largely full of really rustic, less than brightest bulb types.
          True, they got a lot of their rough edges honed down in the monastic
          setting, but they were not as capable of contributing to decision-making
          as people are today.

          I am not writing this with an axe to grind, saying that the Church
          and world should follow the Benedictine model. (Though that would
          certainly be my personal wish.) What I am trying to point out is the
          perennial wealth and freshness to be found in St. Benedict's Holy
          Rule. Its wisdom is as germane today as it was 1,500 years ago. It
          bears the proud hallmark of both truth and wisdom: it is ageless.

          In Church and State, the people of the developed world are ready,
          willing, and quite capable of having a lot more say than antiquated
          standards have allowed them. No wonder the powers that be are
          terrified of that.

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


          [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        • Br. Jerome Leo
          Karen s Mom, she was in a car accident last week and is in ICU on a respirator. Unkown prognosis. A young man who is working on his PhD is having serious
          Message 4 of 5 , Jan 15, 2008
            Karen's Mom, she was in a car accident last week and is in ICU on a respirator. Unkown prognosis.

            A young man who is working on his PhD is having serious financial problems, trying to finish it. He's so close to the end, but all his aid resources have dried up. He is a young father with a family of 4 children.

            Mary, 88, hospitalized yesterday and in severe pain from several fractures (severe osteoporosis, no fall) and has fluid on her lungs. She and her 94-year-old husband, John, live in their own home and
            She has many allergies to painkillers, so they haven't been able to adequately handle the pain yet. And for her daughter, Elaine.

            Grant,16, is having surgery on Wednesday to remove a malignant tumor (baseball size) from his lung. They are concerned it could be attached to his heart. A few weeks later he needs to go in again to have another one removed from his other lung. There are other tumors but they are removing the largest ones to keep him comfortable.

            Continued prayers for Danielle, found to have a rare virus and hospitalized for a few more days. She has young children at home and child care could become a problem.

            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 16, May 17, September 16
            Chapter 3: On Calling the Brethren for Counsel

            Whenever any important business has to be done
            in the monastery,
            let the Abbot call together the whole community
            and state the matter to be acted upon.
            Then, having heard the brethren's advice,
            let him turn the matter over in his own mind
            and do what he shall judge to be most expedient.
            The reason we have said that all should be called for counsel
            is that the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best.

            Let the brethren give their advice
            with all the deference required by humility,
            and not presume stubbornly to defend their opinions;
            but let the decision rather depend on the Abbot's judgment,
            and all submit to whatever he shall decide for their welfare.

            However, just as it is proper
            for the disciples to obey their master,
            so also it is his function
            to dispose all things with prudence and justice.

            REFLECTION

            Benedictine government is not pure democracy, but it was a lot more
            representative than Church government in its time or, for that
            matter, our own. It was also vastly more democratic that secular feudalism!
            One wishes that both Church and state of today had a
            more Benedictine flavor!

            The Catholic Church actually had models in its early years that were
            MORE democratic than St. Benedict, the synagogue model and the
            charismatic, both more congregational in their aspects. Both were
            abandoned for the monarchial episcopate model connected with Antioch.
            The bishop became monarch and so it has largely remained. That model
            fell far below the Benedictine standard of at least consultative
            democracy.

            Over 15 centuries of Benedictine history, constitutions have divided
            the powers of abbot and community more specifically. There are times-
            not many, to be sure- when a chapter CAN thwart an abbot. There are
            times the abbot cannot act alone. But, by and large, our superiors
            have been left with a lot more power than the US President or the
            Queen of the United Kingdom, but less power than the average bishop.

            The way of St. Benedict is hardly mob rule, but it does ensure a
            voice to those governed, a voice that must be listened to, even when
            it is not definitive. How different history might be if people only had as
            much voice as the Holy Rule allows. How clearly St. Benedict saw what
            would happen to a community in such an instance: the members would
            feel ripped off, and rightly so. Very important things had come to light, and
            the rank and file were left in the dark. Trust was violated and trust is the
            very foundation of community.

            There is no way at all that the world was ready for pure democracy in
            St. Benedict's time, in diocese or monastery or state. Large majorities of
            the
            populace were illiterate, few indeed were educated, and there were no
            means of mass communication. Whole empires, like the Aztec and Incan,
            rose without the slightest awareness that there were other people on
            the planet, nor was the rest of the world aware of them. I would be
            the last person to call for free elections in such a milieu. By
            contrast, it almost makes feudalism look like a really good idea for
            the times.

            And maybe it was, but it has ceased to be for our own time. There are
            clearly levels of education, communication and general ability in the
            population today that call for more participation, not less. Tough
            saying, but St. Benedict was writing for a society whose rank and
            file was largely full of really rustic, less than brightest bulb types.
            True, they got a lot of their rough edges honed down in the monastic
            setting, but they were not as capable of contributing to decision-making
            as people are today.

            I am not writing this with an axe to grind, saying that the Church
            and world should follow the Benedictine model. (Though that would
            certainly be my personal wish.) What I am trying to point out is the
            perennial wealth and freshness to be found in St. Benedict's Holy
            Rule. Its wisdom is as germane today as it was 1,500 years ago. It
            bears the proud hallmark of both truth and wisdom: it is ageless.

            In Church and State, the people of the developed world are ready,
            willing, and quite capable of having a lot more say than antiquated
            standards have allowed them. No wonder the powers that be are
            terrified of that.

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





            [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          • Br. Jerome Leo
            +PAX Prayers for Nicholas, may God protect him and his vocation. Ardent prayers for the healing of Kaitlyn Rose. Prayers for Francis Xavier, whose 40th
            Message 5 of 5 , Jan 15

              +PAX

               

              Prayers for Nicholas, may God protect him and his vocation.

               

              Ardent prayers for the healing of Kaitlyn Rose.

               

              Prayers for Francis Xavier, whose 40th birthday was Sunday. May he come to a full faith and relationship with Christ, may God’s purpose in his life be fulfilled. Prayers, too, for his Mom.

               

              Prayers for Len and his wife and family. Len is beginning hospice services. I am uncertain of his faith and beliefs, may he be reconciled to God and have a happy death.

               

              Prayers for Steve and his wife and family, he has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. He never smoked and is a long time Christian. May he and his wife remain firm in faith and trust and for his healing.

               

              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 16, May 17, September 16
              Chapter 3: On Calling the Brethren for Counsel

              Whenever any important business has to be done
              in the monastery,
              let the Abbot call together the whole community
              and state the matter to be acted upon.
              Then, having heard the brethren's advice,
              let him turn the matter over in his own mind
              and do what he shall judge to be most expedient.
              The reason we have said that all should be called for counsel
              is that the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best.

              Let the brethren give their advice
              with all the deference required by humility,
              and not presume stubbornly to defend their opinions;
              but let the decision rather depend on the Abbot's judgment,
              and all submit to whatever he shall decide for their welfare.

              However, just as it is proper
              for the disciples to obey their master,
              so also it is his function
              to dispose all things with prudence and justice.

              REFLECTION

              Benedictine government is not pure democracy, but it was a lot more
              representative than Church government in its time or, for that
              matter, our own. It was also vastly more democratic than secular feudalism!

              Over nearly 15 centuries of Benedictine history, constitutions have divided
              the powers of abbot and community more specifically. There are times-
              not many, to be sure- when a chapter CAN thwart an abbot. There are
              times the abbot cannot act alone. But, by and large, our superiors
              have been left with a lot more power than the US President or the
              Queen of the United Kingdom, but less power than the average bishop.

              The way of St. Benedict is hardly mob rule, but it does ensure a
              voice to those governed, a voice that must be listened to, even when
              it is not definitive. How different history might be if people only had as
              much voice as the Holy Rule allows.

              There is no way at all that the world was ready for pure democracy in
              St. Benedict's time, in diocese or monastery or state. Large majorities of
              the populace were illiterate, few indeed were educated, and there were no
              means of mass communication. Whole empires, like the Aztec and Incan,
              rose without the slightest awareness that there were other people on
              the planet, nor was the rest of the world aware of them. It almost makes
              feudalism look like a really good idea for the times.

              And maybe it was, but it has ceased to be for our own time. There are
              clearly levels of education, communication and general ability in the
              population today that call for more participation, not less. Tough
              saying, but St. Benedict was writing for a society whose rank and
              file was largely full of really rustic types.
              True, they got a lot of their rough edges honed down in the monastic
              setting, but they were not as capable of contributing to decision-making
              as people are today.

              I am not writing this with an axe to grind, saying that the world should
              follow the Benedictine model. (Though that would certainly be my personal wish.)
              What I am trying to point out is the perennial wealth and freshness to be found
              in St. Benedict's Holy Rule. Its wisdom is as germane today as it was almost
              1,500 years ago. It bears the proud hallmark of both truth and wisdom: it is ageless.


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

               

               

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