Prayer & the Rule of St. Benedict

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calculating about everything in particular
let's start with a prayer
lord god we desire to be prayerful people
our prayer to
hello from our
have your presence in our life
as a constant presence loving has
caring for us for giving us
supporting us
we pray that we might grow in our ability to be present to you
have more fully and ever more faithfully and completely
can we know this is only possible to the extent that we
grow in our life with christ
the one
who is fully present you
in love
we make this prayer in his name
this is kind of where we're heading were saying that to talk about prayer in the rule
is to talk about that which happens when you're aware of someone there in your life
it's presence being present to another presence
and ah
it's what happens is the dynamic between them when he said it's a recognition than someone is there and you respond and that's obedience that's to listen biblically to listen is to recognize and respond and of course disobedience which is really what centers is the opposite as adept as as not to recognize
god's presence in your life and therefore not respond and that response is really wide open so we have to think of prayer is a much broader as anything that has if you think of your relationship with another person and how that grows when your response to their prime of their presence is unlimited
tend to have your own creativity and we mentioned something can be silence
can be another response to the presence of god tears words gestures gremlins and any pets that would then that movie the color purple when
i'm shown you know that this to speak easy singer and and
ah i forget the name that of the character that will be gopher play they're going through a field of a purple flowers which is where the power comes from its shook as i think it really i won't use the expression she uses but that really gets got angry for people to go through a field like this and not notice the key
color purple
she's on a deep biblical true
and that is prayer in a way to prayer is noticing
not just the flower but never seen a flower separate from the create that's the key thing
i think we saw a separate than were just a naturalists appreciating beauty that's not quite although lawyer in the direction predators you always acknowledge the source with the manifestation at the same moment and you don't have to say anything you don't a prayer may attack on your lips mighty oak wow beautiful might say but you might just notice and
cherish what you see
that said so i don't mean you have to be say prayers i think there's a variety of responses to present but the key thing is to recognize someone there
can we call god and to respond in some fashion
and i wouldn't say it gets gone and we i think it's sad and sky when we don't notice god's presence in the color purple
and so better except from his whole room for a community to help the members growed because we're so inconsistent in our presence to god and one another as we've mentioned and so we said a key tool uses a script and and mentioning the way peaches as lectio divina an pro
watch the scripture that teaches you and works on human so that you become more present to god's presence and then as you listening to that scripture within a community and how they've back to him because human beings teach your presence to the would we mentioned the presence to another person is related to the
presence to god i would think that we learn about being present to god to some extent through our trial you know good and them successes and failures with other people but the reverse is true our presence to god also teaches us how to be present people
it's not quite that simple in one direction that's that's really that's why said they're really interconnected
and then we mentioned the role preventative of silence and solitude in the monastery to teach you presence to presence and that's where we left off and that's the direction we're gonna look the tail end of that and liturgical prayer or what he means by the divine office the hours
i call a tyrannical listening because is still doing the same thing listening so the tail end of what i was saying about silence in itself is not a prayer unless i become self aware someone as with me in the silence
then it's prayer it's a dynamic between me it's a relationship and words and themselves on prayer unless i become aware that someone is there as i use these words and you can see in a way the danger of being top formula words and we call them prayers i would call them more potential prayers
there's somebody else's word from their awareness of god in their life but that's gonna become mine on some point then it's really prayer
so i think benedick wants us to be careful about how we use words and he a lot and his rule about speaking and that's been what kind of words and how we use silent
so that we're using them in a way that facilitates presence to presence
the ancient
ah monks used to talk about the remembrance of god as essential for presence to presence i cannot prayerfully respond to god's presence in my life if i forget that god is there with me
and i think we forget god when we get all caught up in ourselves
or in our tasks
in our projects
are our worries you know the way it is when you try to be present new stop and what's he gonna meditate or sit in silent prayer and you try to be still and you realize it so hard to hold your attention on the presence that you believe in fate as there are around you and within you what starch crowding in the mind and
it's our sell for our worries or our projects or our plans it's so difficult to maintain that presence
and we lose the remembrance of god
i think part of that loss of remembrance of god that god is there is the past and the future the role of the past and future
seek presence has a certain immediacy about it presents always calls you to the present moment
but the human mind and its own willfulness its own disobedience finds it's very difficult to stay in the present moment for too long
and to be still an attentive to another it like it has to have hits home things and it'll give you a little bit of time another time a little bit of time to another person or to god then it's gonna kind of be doing its own thing and one of the things you noticed i'm sure your life is that the mind will flip to the past or to the future
that's how it escapes the present moment all the time
and i think part of the reason for that is in the past you can manipulate the past as you remember something you're in control you can well as we call me selective memory you decide what you want to remember and you can remember it the way you want to remember it so you have kind of a control a manipulation and isn't the
future the same it hasn't happened yet so i can fantasize are thinking or plan my future anyway i want i'm in complete control even more so than the past while the present moment
as it's unfolding this instant at best i can respond but it's pretty hard to planet
as it unfolds instant by instant and to control it and i don't think the mine likes that
for too long a period and yet that's what really gives birth to prayer
it's the capacity to stay in the present moment now this doesn't mean we cut ourselves off from the past and the future
the past and future have a very important role in christianity but we must always remember the past so that i can live in the present
so i use the past to service my attentiveness in the present moment not to escape the present moment so i've gotta know the difference between escaping into the pass a nostalgic trip and a remembrance of the past that's a a dynamic
it's part of what tradition as isn't it when we read the scriptures it's all about pass things but we read it for the sake of this present moment and that's lexi who isn't that you read about all these things
but you keep going over the text over the next to you realize as you're reading it is now now is exit is now is sinai
it's all right now
so the pass is very important for teaching me and i learn the lessons and it's like standing on the shoulders that's what traditional means of all the people of faith that have preceded me so that i can live more present to divine presence right now in the present moment
and the same thing with the future for the christian we believe the future is not something way ahead of us that we can control or manipulate but rather it's something that's breaking into my present moment
if i have the right understanding of future it all challenge me to live my present moment in a certain way when i know i'm going to die when i look at part of my future is mortal death
if i'm aware of that
in a christian way i will live daily like different
i'll realize the preciousness of every moment i realized how important it is to drink from the very bottom of the glass of every moment of life so that's a right way of using the future not kind of daydreaming and and you know the president which is flies by as we say killing time and it's got pretty accurate expression something
yes as being killed something very precious something very important and that is my life because that's where it hits right now it's not in the future but my future with god i'm told to keep in mind so that i will organize my life and live a certain way now so the future is very important
the image i think of us when i was a kid the first time i climb the trees and there were three of us three boys and one boy prop me up and are standing on his shoulders as i was trying to reach the first lemon and older boy was up ahead of me in the tree and he had his hand on it was pulling me up and that's the i think the dinette
nick of time for the christian standing on the shoulders of other people but our future reaches down and is pulling us but you gotta stay right in between those that's the present moment to see the problem if i escaped to the guy below i lost you know or if i try to escape to the guy above it's the and that's what stretches me
that's what pulls me and life as the stretch and forward i like somehow become more of a human being a human being as always a stretching evolving growing phenomenon and i kind of like that image and i think that's the sense of using the pass in the future not to escape the present but to inform the present moment to live in the present moment
and more deeply
and so benedick through his use of scripture brings the past before as into the present as well as the future into the present
the past and the future and the present become redeemed
see the other way there at the service of what disobedience and set up sin
but in christ because they converge in christ past and future converge and grand present converge in christ
and he redeems time
so now it's not at the service of the fault self
at the service of disobedience willfulness but now it becomes the service of the deepest sell
it enables me to live in the present moment
and to find god with me in the present moment
there is a strange connection between presence
and time
an openness

to be open
to god now
is related to my presence in the present moment and that is related to my use and experience of die
and that shows us the cleverness when benedict has the hours
validity of the hours has something to do about the redemption of time
from one experience of time as an escape from presence
to redeem sense of time
where you use it for presence right now
and so we cause of the liturgy of the hours
or the other word he uses as the opus dei the work of god
now richly that term at the entire life among the whole way of life is the work of god
as god is primarily what teaching me how to be present as god is present to be
but in the rural better benedict tends to use the term more in the sense of the time the community comes together in the chapel for liturgy
which would be the hours and the eucharist but remember in the early time and when he legislated wrote the rule there was chris once a week on sunday
so the bulk of their literature jekyll experience where the was the hours

nothing of the monks life was to be seen as outside his relationship with god
and god's working in his life
and through his life for the redemption of the world
however in the roof for beginners beginners benedict
realize as well that's a nice grand idea but i've gotta start somewhere with beginners
and he realizes if you're going to find god everywhere you must first find god somewhere
very practical so he's going to teach them well above all if they can at least find god in the church when they come together in the chapel and he doesn't use either of those words you use the word oratory is an important reason i'll say that a minute and then eventually maybe that or kind of expand through their day at work or whatever you'll have that same awareness of presence
so guys we need to buy god somewhere in some concrete place and that's the oratory
the place of prayer oration or axxeo as we say land let us pray or amos let us pray and the old latin that they began the prayer of presider so orazio the oratory comes from that word it's the prayer place they didn't use the word church
as we do the word church iglesia refers to the people who assemble in the oratory it's only later that word kind of slid he became attached to the building where the people gather but i think it's a very important thing to keep them mind that the people are church the
greek word ekklesia means those who gathered together in worship
and that's important because
the primary place to find god to try and find god is in the community gathered not the building so much that's kind of by way of second or afterthought that flows from the place where they are from the gathering itself and the place but the key thing is the gap
three people there in prayer
the office as it's sometimes called validity of the hours as you know consists of hymns chanted psalms and readings from scripture primarily with some commentaries by the early fathers of the church which usually wear on scripture again so it's all practically scripture
so again it's still using his main tool but uncertain setting and the certain structure
the outer place of prayer the oratory
is a sign it's meant to teach the person to enter the inner oratory of the heart the place of the spirit
which unites us with the worshipping community with god in heaven
it says it better than realizes we must pray with the body before we can discover that there exists a hidden prayer of the heart
which is simply the prayerful response of christ to god in the spirit
it is then that we begin to realize with st paul that are interval individual bodies are temples of the trinity
as well as the community gathered together is a temple is a church with the trinity in its midst
here as we enter and bow to the external altar
every time we come into church
eventually we're supposed to realize but there's another alter as we bow we are looking down at our chest and there's the altar of the heart moving from the external to the interim member that dynamic i've said
very important
and also just as there's an outer eucharist the bread and wine out there on the outer altar
through communion were meant to be taught there is an inner eucharist
aren't let me put it another way there is an inner eucharistic presence
now hope i can say is right for benedict of course there was no reservation of the blessed sacrament there are no tabernacles so eucharist happened at that moment
at the eucharistic celebration the only way that it was perpetuated wasn't the people who just received it they were the only sense of tabernacles carrying the bread eucharistic brand throughout the day and the week and his case for the week
very important
i'm going eucharistic presence is only found in a person
from at that time now later the reservation eucharist had a lot of practical reasons for the sick and everything but you see people started to move in the external keeping the external focus and benedict starts with the external but he wants to move you inward and of course he's just following st paul says we are temples of god
so eucharistic presence moved from the shared table at mass to the people who partake of it at that moment and now become a walking eucharist
the fullness of the eucharist usually acoustic development rather lies and the moving from the bread and wine at mass to the people who have eaten
what within them is the linen eucharistic presence for which the eucharistic meal was intended
god takes up residence in us
signs of growth in this movement would be less reliance and attachment to external signs but they are very important for the beginner
less reliance even on specific times and places for prayer but those are very important for the beginner
see and time benedict hoped that everything and every one
would speak to the monk of god's presence
that the month would begin to realize life is saturated with god's presence it's oozing out all over with god's presence
and to pray becomes almost impossible there's not a problem to pray to not pray becomes a problem becomes an possibility
as st isaac the syrian rope hastened to enter the bridal chambers of your heart there you will find the bridal chamber of heaven for the two chambers are but one and through one and the same door your gaze may penetrate bowl
for the ladder which links up to the kingdom is hidden in the depths of your heart
that same awareness this connection between the external and internal n the church that is what got those that have died and gone on before us our intimate connection with all of those
now it is believed that benedict relied primarily on the roman cathedral office of his day that he pretty much borrow what he knew and probably experienced growing up from that
now this was an office that was participated in by the laity as well as what they called urban monastics who usually were housed near the month near the cathedral's
but he did some adaptations of the cathedral office for his own purposes and the overall goal of his monastic life which was a life of steadfast prayerful response to god's presence
and so the office or the hours teach want to be more and more aware of god's presence by it's very structure
let alone and scriptural content
by stopping seven times a day at one time at night vigils the day is punctuated repeatedly
interrupted if you want to use that word just get started you hear some monks in some honestly say they just get started wouldn't go to stop and pray and there's a method to and it's madness before you get too far into your project he's reminding you about the presence of god and he figures maybe after ten years or twenty
years you'll get it
that there's no distinction between the oratory the dormitory the refectory and the workplace i can't think of another word for workplace hands with the same for it
it's gotta be a twenty four hour ongoing relationship
based on the biblical injunction to pray seven times a day and of course we know that's a number that means biblically fullness or completion or wholeness or perfection and then there's another biblical texts which refers to getting up at midnight and pray these were kind of the text that inspired
the psalms and scripture and chanting were used for the reasons that i've already mentioned
of the hours the most important for benedict and for us our logs
what later began to be called morning prayer and vespers evening prayer and then perhaps the next most important would be vigils those are the three we practice here as hermit monks the others we practice alone in ourselves
and i want to comment on those and how they fit into benedict's idea
and redeeming time so i don't escape to pressed and future but the more in the present where god is
the beginning at the end of the day and the preparation for the day it's anticipation
saw part of the vigils
and i think these have a lot to teach us as benedict and tangent intended
vigils teach us to seek god and the night in darkness
which has a great deal of symbolism for human beings
we often experience the night and it's darkness or use rather our experience of night and it's darkness to refer to other experiences in life don't we
that will say are like a dark knight or black things like sin
suffering doubt catastrophe a darkness has spread over the land confusion
dark thoughts loneliness death is a darkness is a nine estrangement abandonment making love
tears fear aloneness evil killed
secrecy the unknown the haunting silence the grave i mean i was just going on and on with this but we use from the experience of night and darkness we borrow from that to describe these other experiences it's loaded it's loaded
and of course the death is very important for benedict
he tells us and chapter five of the rule think of your death daily but he does not want you to become a morbid type person
but rather he wants to you to live in the present moment and light of the reality of your earthly death
vigils i think teaches us to find god's presence and all that we associate with night and darkness which are usually the hardest places to find got to believe god as they're usually we say is absent
jesus the darkness covering the land as is on the cross
what did he utters that primal human experience doesn't so fully does he embraced the human my god why have you abandoned
that's a profound human utterance of is that he knew to become fully human he had to know that experience
and benedict with through vigils and the tradition he inherits is to teach us and that very difficult place of the dark times in our life through vigils how to find god there the place we lease are least likely to expect god to be
when i was young
i was deathly afraid of the night and the dark especially when i was young and my grandmother this the red bicycle grandmother again used to take me downtown when she'd shop on a saturday and then i'd try to talk her into taking me to a movie one time she took me to to see
something called a curse of frankenstein and i was very young and after that my god the darkness was tacked up but i could just see the image of frankenstein them so i mean i wouldn't go with it was dark and that's not easy i mean because that do you go words when there's night know but i would stay away and i remember if five when i come back from my paper out in the winter
a of course it be dark coming home eyes to hit that and that i had to put my bike in the basement and we had a two story house might my other my dad's parents were upstairs and then we were in the basement and at an outside entrance so i used to open that might just throw my bike down because it had no light switch it had a stay
bring you had to go down you think i'm going to go down and the dark side this feeling for so i would throw my bike down there and my mother i'd go up into the house of my mom took what was that bag stickers as i say i don't know what does this
or she sent me to put something in storage in the attic that was another horrible place
the darkness and then of course the third term place was my own bedroom to go to bed at night
and the closet in the corner
i could swear i saw things there frankenstein was actually and of course under the bed
i can remember i shared this room for why with my my older brother two years older than me and we would fight as to who would shut the switch the lights which are which was on the wall you had to get out of bed but that space from the switch to your bed which was only about i don't know three leaps it was a five mile run into was it was so far
car and what could grab you in that short space was anything so i never thought we'd try all kind of inventive ideas or a long stick or something and we dive in and of course you had couldn't have your hands hanging out on your legs write an anthem and i wrapped myself and my blankets as a little protective cocoon
now something else happened in the dark to quite often and i was never able to put the two together
we lived very close to my mom's mother and she would come over quite a bit almost every weekend and after we weren't bad a little while i'm just starting in that in-between stage of sleep and wakefulness where lot of dreams take place she would sneak in the room
chris i'm still of protecting myself from the darkness and she would come and pull the covers she would hold my face in her hands and i would be kind of just barely awake and she would kiss me
i could never put those two experiences together
one which was so comforting
and one went for so fearful
and it wasn't till much later and doing like seal
but i began to realize that through my grandmother a presence was being made known to me
without turning the light on
she was god coming to me in the night of my life
most of us i think would want god to just turn on the switch but that's not what god does even for jesus
how to find god kissing you in the darkness
without taking the darkness away
and for me that's one of the powerful things of vigils probably my favorite of the opposite as vigils i think it's very powerful and i like and can teach us a lot to redeem all that darkness or that all that we call dark or fearful and our life
and without changing much to find god there
and then the night becomes i suppose then just a place for lovers
reminds me of the wise and foolish virgins a bridegroom comes right at midnight the dead of night
it's recognizing god's presence in the night
for most of us i think at one time or another we struggled to find god with us in the nighttimes of our lives and thus find it hard to pray in them and threw them
vigils teaches us to find god there and to respond
for me it is personally i'm perhaps the most powerful of the hours in fact i even try to prolong and i get up at three thirty in the morning and are vigils is a quarter of six so that i can have a longer experience of the night and that's when i do my alexia
the scriptural texts from mass that day and then even after vigils i do as half hour of silent prayer of the heart
and then it's darn that's my routine every day how glorious to be in a place where i can have what three or four hours of darkness and prayer and listening
i think for amongst everywhere it is perhaps the most precious time to seek god is the vigils his night
but the modern person hates the night and so we have our artificial lights all the time
the earth is very still and quiet
and even the city is somewhat relatively quiet what it is in the daytime at night
and at the office the back and forth of each side of the choir teaches us about relationship about dialogue bob listening about responding about how to be face to face and how to bow to one another
good reference for the presence in the other
between that person all of these gestures or workings
dalian and day out
the vigils officers are very reflective office we're not exactly jumping
we read meditate italy and slowly
and it's the time of solemn silence from nine o'clock the previous night til dawn the next days or a time of solemn silence where we try not to break the silence must we absolutely have to for some important message to get some
now when the dawn comes after all of that you can imagine what that's like you experienced on differently it comes
the way from the experience of vigils and that's what benedict intended it burst upon you with all its splendor
all its magnificence and all its hope
it is the proverbial one candle the sun has she went and s o m that does not curse the darkness but enlightened said
redeem so
transforms it
kisses it
awaken in the chanter as it awakens and creation itself a burst of energy and praised to the creator
and so our hearts and voices are lifted up along with the rising sun and we hope to rise up to along with that son
through the heavens as we go through our day
and hopefully into eternity
usually the psalms at laws are a little bit shorter and their crisply chanted as the day now has a christmas to it
we have another day and another chance another opportunity to find god and to prayerfully respond
we try to greet the day and receive it as a gift of god's mercy
now for us here at the hermitage we have the eucharist in the middle of the day love and thirty
and they usually ends around twelve fifteen twelve twenty so that usually by midday were moving into the rotunda right at that moment and there's a reason for that it's at the heart of the day midday to suggest that the eucharist and more importantly what it's prob
claiming a pascoe mystery is the heart of our life
so we'll see how the structure is teaching you all the time when we refute that day in day out day in and day out it's it's gonna work on
god comes to us at each moment through jesus christ and we come to god at each moment in and with jesus by the power of their spirit
jesus is the center of it all and our prayer can be nothing more than the prayer of jesus ever before the father in love who is the spirit
the st paul puts it every structure knit together in christ grows into a holy temple in the lord and you to in him are being built up into a dwelling place of god and the spirit
from ephesians two for first twenty one and twenty two
and so on the eucharist at midday we celebrate our participation in christ pascoe mystery which is what his death and resurrection
his relationship with god his prayerful presence to the father
in the eucharist were drawn into this reality and a particularly powerful way
and why is that because in the eucharist we use sign and symbols gestures and words and we gather as a community of thing that's all high potency stuff
high intensity
eucharist both expresses and effects ever more deeply what it expresses
eucharist expresses where we are and where i met and it always leads me beyond that
to something deeper
st augustine put it in another way as he was holding up eucharistic bread before his believing community he said be what you receive receive who you are
by placing the eucharistic celebration at midday it's a constant reminder to us here at the hermitage of what is at the heart of our christian life jesus christ and the power of his life death and resurrection to lead us before god in prayerful presence
in and with and through christ we become a living prayer before god that's the goal for benedict and his rule
yeah pissed at the heart of the day reminds us that it set the heart of life and not separate from life
as scripture says in hebrews he was obedient unto death
in jesus we find the healing of our disobedience are deafness to god's presence in our life in his obedience we find our own and for as there's no other way
and finally at the end of the day we have vespers at sunset
there's a coming together quality about vespers as the colors of the day come together most intensely at sunset so too does the day itself and its work etc
nature slows down and quiet itself and we do the same
and benedict's time bedtime was shortly after sunset
they didn't turn on the fluorescent lights
they lived a very natural life or close to nature
and the hours reflect that and they have their strongest impact on a person when you can follow that as closely yourself
and so naturally when you do vespers as it's meant to be done at the end of the day and you don't stay up to three o'clock and do all this busy stuff after that it's going to have this coming to the end of the day quality about it and the sounds will reflect that they tend to reflect the themes like gratitude
now if your day doesn't begin to nine o'clock and back and towards some people who are night people then it's gonna it's gonna be strange to you to be praying kind of things
i'm in bed by eight or eight thirty so it works fine with me
so yes it's reflects gratitude for the day and also assistance for the night time as it descends vespers brings a sense of completion to the day and wholeness it offers a chance to reflect over the day and ones attentiveness or lack thereof to gods
presence how have i been present to the presence today
it reminds us of the tragen sie of all earthly life
sunset vespers reminds us of the reality of physical death
after all the last period of our lives is usually referred to as the sunset years
if it carries all these themes
both lots and vespers taking place at sunrise and sunset also i think point to something very important the mysterious connection and meeting of light and darkness of life and death of sin and grace and all the seeming polarity
is of earthly life
it's interesting that we would pray them
it's at the meeting point of these polarities that something and testing occurs and the wondrous colors of the rainbow appear in all their glory
is this not why human beings have such a fascination for sunrises and sunsets why perhaps most of the photos taken in the world and sunrises and sunsets and paintings you go to galleries it's mostly what you see
and if you drive up highway one now a little less at sunrise could do people may not be up at certainly sunset how many people polite how many lovers do i see arm in arm
there is something in us
almost subliminally subliminally
that senses an important moment in this meeting of light and darkness weather at the beginning of the day where the end of the day
now if that weren't enough all of that is true within the human being
there was something glorious where god and the human being beat
where spirit and matter meet where sin and grace and me beat were good and evil in me meet with a feminine and masculine in the meat were power and powerlessness in the meat were emptiness and fullness in the meat were strength and week
katniss can we meet
as we look out wouldn't see that we must take an inward and re-read realize that reflects an inner reality
that exact point of meeting of these opposites represented by light and darkness to me is the heart of the cross dead center
who is jesus christ
as one song says jesus christ there is no east or west
and so we are called to seek always to live at that still point that meeting place around which the entire cosmos dances
you see deep within us there is always a sunrise and sunset occurring
a real paradox
there is a birth and death going on
and so this is benedict's liturgical round of prayer which after a number of years works on you and in you
eventually a person might find themselves right at the moment of waking up with a line from a chant on their lips or line from the scriptures in their head you see it becomes your own vocabulary most of the words recorded in the new testament for jesus are paraphrases of the sound
it becomes your own language after time you inhale the scriptures
the office is there is a constant support to teach you that prayerful attention to god depends less on feelings and more on regularity
fidelity and discipline
which in the beginner benedict says may seem like a harsh discipline so hard to do like a narrow road were like balancing on a razor's edge
but over time it will become a broad road a lot which a person benedict says actually will be able to run and with love
it's like the type of rock walker tight rope walker i suppose any of us who are not experience can barely than walk on it but when you see the experienced person run were just amazed
constancy is what is important so that prayer gains a regularity
and ordinariness
a daily this to it
and not reserved for just certain segments of your life or your day the offices and the other elements of the daily round and the monastery have a kind of rhythm to it which had benedict's time reflected nature and rural farming
the outer rhythms of nature and it's harmony were followed and respected thereby leading a person to an inner harmony a life of balance so important to the benedict and life and as we chant here every monday at laws i think it's a large lead us all laura to the middle way between the highs and lows
balance and the avoidance of as extremes allows us to more readily see life as it really is god as god really is and ourselves as we really are
like then is less my own creation or fabrication or manipulation and more discovery of a relationship which is everything and the only thing worth living for and with and then
so i'll stop at this point
but enough to give you an idea that there's a lot to this and the the point is fidelity to win over time and you don't have to know exactly how it's doing it but it really works on you and lead you into greater presence to presence and therefore prayer for life
comments or questions
about this or anything so far

first no question to argue keep vigil even by carefully overview use
ha no i i do light a candle
besides i have a like a nice when shrine like hold for my scriptures and i liked and if it's called i like first my five hundred by woodstove that i like the candle and then i have a reading lamp
but at some point but i like to do
this the last half hour of my legs you i'd like to shell out for light with just the candle and with no scriptures and i go over the readings see memorization is a very big thing a lot of when ben access reading he means memorizing there's at least two reasons one as they just not but had a bible and so you had to hear somebody reading
law that's how you memorize them so then you'd you'd have it at your fingertips but the other reason was to remember god so that you're working it inward see working at and would and then there at your disposal when you spontaneously
he allowed to speak to god you have this whole vocabulary this wonderful vocabulary as well as your own creative things that's fine too but that was the idea and again bet that's because benedick saw that in the scriptures and he saw that on jesus as lips
so so i try to do that i mean i don't remember it for word for word but it's very important for later in the day for that that aspect of lexia called room and nutshell where you to so later that day and i always stop by itself and say what's your word from the reasons to today
what were the key lines or were expected to bring it back and i choose to smoke because it all makes me more hyper aware of god's presence with me the matter where i am
but if i don't remember the reader which often happens even ten minutes have really like what was the really am well i i know a how to the do you know so that was i think it still isn't important practice even though we we have the text at our disposal to realize to member try to memorize and then maybe not word for word but at least i can remember the key things
so i find that's most helpful when i do it that way
and your comments or questions
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i think from the beginning that goes back to that really desert they used a lot of soda what's in the early period and somebody who could sing and they would be a short response of the community in fact more than we do you did more of you know a solo was doing it in the short response but the song was did the bulk and the early early desert
period like i will fall came from the boy gems i thought a little time for this topic
calling us they were chanting before that chanting and reading but it wouldn't have been the same kind of chap
until after gregory
now that's why i think after vatican two we tried to get back to some of these variations in how we'll have you know side to side choir and then we use a soloist those all those variations and then a vigils somebody reads a whole song and were to try to to use them many ways of burying which i think can enrich
the listening
and you have an interesting turn it up cacti head i can find that
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and the first time i've i fell my
the line to me is too confusing
too much going on
hard to
so probably for you the other offices will be more important mods or vespers
number would start now for mesoporous
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use falcon
when did i say that
that wasn't another trees and now if i pass your humanity
oh i'm just trying to think of the context i think i was talking about christ i think and that god is present to us and in in through jesus and we are present back to god and in through jesus precisely because jesus is the union of god of the divine and the human one per
person and that's our future
he is our future that is happening to us now we think we are living and i said the future reaches into your presence memes stretching you and so the answer is not bypassing my humanity
it's right in my humanity is where i find god and god's presence because jesus has taken on he just didn't take on one person body jesus of nazareth in that action took on all of human nature all of human flesh yours or mine
so he knows my humanity of the night and he's waiting for me
and your human so don't bypass at the answer is fact our problems are never going to deep it's it's probably too superficial with are you land
and we then tried to escape to go beyond there are some people get into spirituality is that are there was some kind of animal spiritualism you know and they don't realize for christianity were an incarnational religion we believe that god takes matter life creation flesh seriously enough
to become flesh
and make materiality part of the trinity
to jesus doesn't drop off his body when he dies and ceases to be material even remains a body person the body is brought into its focus