Monday, October 28, 2013

Welcome~Jennifer

Jennifer, (before photo)    after will follow later today
Postulancy 

Our Community is welcoming a new postulant this morning at our mid-day prayers. The candidate asks for admission to the community and now wears a black jumper with a white shirt. The length of the postulance is a year this lets her experience a full liturgical year before asking for admission to novitiate as a novice.

A postulant (from Latin: postulare, to ask) was originally one who makes a request or demand; hence, a candidate. The use of the term is now generally restricted to those asking for admission into a monastery or a religious institute, both before actual admission and for the period of time preceding their admission into the novitiate.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Rule of St. Benedict ~ for beginners


HERE BEGINNETH THE PROLOGUE TO A RULE FOR MONASTERIES

"Hearken continually within thine heart, O son, giving attentive ear to the precepts of thy master. Understand with willing mind and effectually fulfil thy holy father’s admonition; that thou mayest return, by the labour of obedience, to Him from Whom, by the idleness of disobedience, thou hadst withdrawn. To this end I now address a word of exhortation to thee, whosoever thou art, who, renouncing thine own will and taking up the bright and all-conquering weapons of obedience, dost enter upon the service of thy true king, Christ the Lord."

St. Benedict starts his Rule off as a welcome to comers to the monastery. 
We are looking forward to welcoming a new Postulant on Monday. 
So lets give the Lord the ear of thine heart, and listen to what is calling us to for the greater glory of His Kingdom. 



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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels



May our Guardian Angels always look after us and protect us from the Evil one, and sing us to sleep.

Someone suggested that I should name my Guardian Angel, so that when I need a little extra help (who doesn't) I can call him/her by name.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Prayer of His Holiness Benedict XVI


Ground Zero, New York
Sunday, 20 April 2008


O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here—
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

G ~ is for...

Gratitude



Am I one whose prayer is all petition, asking for everthing and giving thanks for nothing?

Am I grateful to God for all His gifts to me ~ gifts of body and soul?

Do I acknowledge that many contradictions and disappointments have been blessings in disguise?

Am I really grateful fo God's gift to me of a religious vocation?


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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

F~ is for....

Faith
Looking down into the Easter Holy Water vase. 

Am I one who would see without believing,
 rather than believe without seeing?

Do I see the authority of God in the authority of my superiors?

Do I accept failures and reverses in a spirit of faith?

How can I increase my spirit of faith?

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Monday, August 12, 2013

E~ is for ....

Exercises of the Rule


Do I appreciate the sanctifying effect of the exercises of the Rule?

Is my interest in active works balanced by my fidelity to spiritual exercises?

Do I make an honest effort to resist drowsiness during prayer?

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