Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Word on Wednesday, Wednesday, October 31, 2012, St Louis de Monfort

If devotion to the Blessed Virgin is necessary for all men simply to work out their salvation, it is even more necessary for those who are called to a special perfection. I do not believe that anyone can acquire intimate union with our Lord and perfect fidelity to the Holy Spirit without a very close union with the most Blessed Virgin and an absolute dependence on her support.
de Montfort, St. Louis-Marie (2010-02-14). True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin (Kindle Locations 427-430). ESaintLibrary.com. Kindle Edition.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Barzun's The House of Intellect

This is a quote from R. R. Reno's column appearing today on First Things' website. It's a reflection on Jacques Barzun's book written 50 years ago called The House of Intellect and the entire column, not to mention the book, is well worth reading.

Barzun was right to view the future with foreboding. Our Bohemian Era is and will be crude and thoughtless. All you need to do is go to P.S. 1, the contemporary gallery run by the Museum of Modern Art in Long Island City. It is full of flat, ideological gestures and great gushers of the id. But Barzun was also naive. The Bourgeois Era ended because so many came to feel it as a lifeless, artificial posture. “Fineness” and “virtuosity”? They seem awfully thin and precious. And what, exactly, do they serve? Without the commanding voice of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, perhaps it was only a matter of time before Western culture lost is ability to claim our loyalty. A soul-shaping demand shorn of divine sanction can easily come to be seen as an inhumane invasion.



The Desert Fathers, Sunday, October 28, 2012, Abba Agathon


It was said concerning Abba Agathon that some monks came  to find him  having heard tell  of his great  discernment.  Wanting to  see  if he would  lose his temper they  said  to him  'Aren't  you that   Agathon who is   said to  be  a fornicator and   a  proud man?'  'Yes,  it  is very true,'  he  answered. They resumed,  'Arn't you  that Agothon who   is always talking  nonsense?' 'I am." Again they said 'Aren't you Agothon the heretic?' But at that he replied 'I am not a heretic.'  So  they asked him,  'Tell us why  you accepted everything we cast you, but repudiated this last  insult.' He replied 'The first accusations I take to myself for that is  good for my soul. But  heresy is separation from God. Now I have no wish to be separated  from God.' At  this saying they were astonished at his discernment and returned, edified.

Friday, October 26, 2012

7 Quick Takes on Friday

October 26, 2012


Colorado Springs enjoyed a beautiful day on Monday with temps in the high 60s and lower 70s, clear skies, all is right with the world. Forecast for later this week? High of 32, up to 2 inches of snow, high winds, in short, the first taste of winter. I shouldn't complain because we still desperately need the moisture to cut down on fire danger next year. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Former Senator George McGovern passed over the weekend, at age 92, I think. He's one of two honest to God presidential candidates that I saw give speeches during the campaign. I voted for neither. The first was Adlai Stevenson, in 1952, I believe (yes, that was a long time ago, and I don't want to hear any more about that!) and I have only vague memories of the union sponsored event my father took me to in Detroit. I suppose he did that so that I might witness a bit of history; as far as I know, it was the only campaign event he ever attended. I didn't vote for him, of course, because I was waaaaay too young. I saw George McGovern, purely by chance, in 1972 in San Francisco, of all places. I remember being impressed that he was quite a good speaker and that I was impressed with him. I also remember the crowd being very small and just walking up to the podium and hanging around for him to arrive to give his speech. Try doing that today. However, as a very recent Viet Nam vet, I could in no way bring myself to vote for him. McGovern had a sense of humor, something sorely lacking in today's candidates. He joked that he had always wanted to run for president in the worst way, and had done it. RIP

I sometimes long to just play with words, to make the ultimate game of things literary. This is especially so since I spend so much of my time writing dull, dry, life-sucking policies and processes, which I view as an offense against human free will, even basic human dignity. It seems impossible for anyone to escape rules and regulations passed down from on high, these days. Even more impossible to find the joy in life when, little by little, it is whittled away with every succeeding edition of the latest written rule. God displayed the ultimate wisdom when he deemed only 10 rules to be necessary for Moses and his flock to live a holy life; that's all that should ever be required, everything else should be explanation. On second thought, 10 Commandments should be enough for anybody. 

As usual, the closer we get to the expected snow day, the less likely it seems it will snow. Now the chances are down to 30% for precip, and only on Thursday and Thursday night, slight chance on Wednesday night. Last year, the Weather Underground web site repeated this pattern endlessly all winter. "Snow, Thursday and Friday, 90% chance, expect 10 inches with temps in the mid-teens," they would proclaim. Come Thursday, it was bright, sunny, and 70. It really was tiresome.

You might wonder about my pre-occupation with the weather. It comes from a stint as a weather observer and combat weather team member in the Air Force's Air Weather Service. Even after 40 years, I've never lost my interest in what happens in the skys, overhead and 300 miles to the east, or north, or wherever significant weather is coming from. Can't help it, it's part of me now.

There are a lot of saints I'm interested in and would like to know more about. Not the stuff that is readily available, for instance, from the Magnificat or from some hagiography. I'd like to know the saints personally. But how do you do that? By difinition, they're no longer with us, and I can't ever claim, and wouldn't claim publicly anyway, that I've heard voices from beyond speaking to me. Frank Waters, of Why I Am Catholic, a fellow blogger who's becoming a never ending source of ideas, may have described one way this could be done -- write a letter to the saint in question. He did a post (here) about the time he wrote a letter to St Joseph, and got a response! It so happens that St. Joseph is probably at the head of the list of saints I'd like to know more about. I was born in St. Joseph Hospital, in Detroit, (one day before Mitt Romney was born, in Detroit, BTW) and I've always felt I was under his protection in some way. That was true long before I ever became Catholic. So, in the next day or so, he's getting a letter. I'll let you know when, and if, I get an answer.

I have to come up with another quick take to make seven. I wonder what happens to anyone who dares to do a "7 Quick Takes on Friday" post and doesn't have all seven? Do they get sent to some sort of blogger purgatory? Do they have to baby sit for Jenifer for a week? For free? I don't think I want to know!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Word on Wednesday, Wednesday, October 24, 2012

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

Monday, October 22, 2012

Time-lapse: Space shuttle Endeavour's trek across L.A. [Official]

OK, I don't normally like this kind of thing, but this is cool!  Watch it.  A HT to Frank Waters at Why I Am Catholic.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Early Church Fathers, Sunday, October 21, 2012, St Cyril of Alexandria


"Christ said indicating (the bread and wine): 'This is My Body,' and "This is My Blood," in order that you might not judge what you see to be a mere figure. The offerings, by the hidden power of God Almighty, are changed into Christ's Body and Blood, and by receiving these we come to share in the life-giving and sanctifying efficacy of Christ." 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Florilegia, Friday, October 19, 2012

 

This reading is from next Sunday's Gospel
 
Gospel, Mark 10:46-52
 
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
"Jesus, son of David, have pity on me."
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
"Son of David, have pity on me."
Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
"Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you."
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?"
The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see."
Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you."
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.

Quick Takes on Friday

 
As always, credit for kicking me off on 7 Quick Takes goes to Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary.
 
1. Blogsy is working out pretty well, not great, but pretty well. You get a much better WYSIWYG interface with this app that with Blog Press. One thing I like better about Blog Press is that you can more easily save a post as a draft, either on line or on the iPad, but the formatting and lay out of the post is much easier. I'm continuing the experiment and will provide updates.

2. Another presidential debate with more predictable results, both sides claiming victory. It seems the actual substance of what is said matters less and less. It only seems to matter who "won," and what "won" means. I can't think this is really good for the republic.

3. The Broncos have a "bye" this week, so life is on hold until October 28, when they will defeat the N.O. Saints. I used to kind of like the Saints, but the sad business in the off-season changed my view of them.

4. The Austrian parachutist was successful in his jump from 128,500 feet or whatever the exact figure is. It seems he landed pretty close to where he took off from and I keep wondering, how did he do that? I'm mean, how do you free-fall from 24 miles up and have the ability to aim for a landing spot? I also kept wondering, what if he lost control of the ballon and got so high, there wasn't enough gravity to cause him to fall? Thankfully, that didn't happen.

Of course, the wife thinks it was a silly enterprise, since nothing productive came out of it. Being a male member of the species, I fall on the side of appreciating the thing just for the adventure of it.

LATER: I just read that data gathered during Mr. Baumgartner's jump is going to prove immensely useful in designing space vehicle escape systems on future launch systems. His space suit was made for standing and free-falling, rather than primarily sitting, as in conventional space suits used by NASA. Apparently, they learned useful data about positioning arms and legs on future space suits as well. So, I can now tell the better half that it wasn't just a useless adventure after all.

5. Father, at Mass earlier this week, gave a "homework" assignment, choose between a delicious hamburger, double cheese, bacon, the works, and a bowl of rotten dog food. Actually, the assignment was, now that the weather is turning chilly, to sit down with a cup of coffee or tea or hot chocolate and think about choosing the true good, the double cheese cheeseburger, rather than the bowl of rotten dog food. The idea is that, in the end, the choices we make add up and it's important to learn good from bad. Father is a young man from Mexico, with a rather heavy hispanic accent, and he was able to deliver this homily with a very nice touch of humor.

6. We've had a difficult time in the office this week; defense budget cuts are beginning to have an effect. I got to thinking about how various companies handle the termination of employees. I've known some who will arbitrarily fire people who get out of line and pass the treatment off with a comment that "business is business." I don't think that's true, actions in business are human actions and not separable from our lives outside the workplace. Jesus did tell us that those who are faithful in little things can be trusted with the big things. An unjust act is an unjust act, it happens, but, it carries the same consequences as the same action outside of the office.

7. I'm looking forward to a quiet(er) weekend. The final stage of the remodeling project on the lower level of the house will be complete and we'll be able to start restoring order down there and get things back to normal. I'm hoping we won't do very much, even with those tasks; I need a break. The final stage of the rest of the project begins in about two weeks.





Saturday, October 13, 2012

7 Quick Takes

This at the impetus from Jennifer Fulwilers blog.

1
 
I found this picture quite by accident on Friday on the internet. It was taken at Lai Khe, in Viet Nam. I'm in the picture -- there's a soldier on the far right side of the picture with a camera in his hand, I'm sitting on some ammo cases right behind the camera. I remember this concert quite clearly since it was the first, and only, USO show I saw during my entire Air Force enlistment. These were probably the first American girls I had seen in 6 or 7 months and I was quite impressed, I'll have to say.

Looking back on it, I feel only gratitude for the effort this little troupe made to come to Lai Khe to put on this one hour show. There was no little risk for them to do this, at least twice in the next three or four months shrapnel from rocket attacks landed in this same area. One of them came just short of killing me. It's hard to think that the entertainers here, well, all the people in this shot, are in their mid-60s or close to 70 and I doubt any of them would ever read this, but if they do, I hope they accept my sincere thanks for coming to Viet Nam to entertain the troops on that afternoon on an old French rubber plantation in Viet Nam. Well Done.

2
The Veep debates occurred this week, and the thing that struck me watching it is that I'm just sick of politics; the campaigns go on much too long and inform much to little. In this regard, we're victims of a media that has lost the desire or willingness to inform replacing it with the desire to inflame.

3
The current project is to get wood floors installed throughout the house, to replace worn carpets stained by the tenancy of 4 cats. It's a real trial but should be a great improvement once completed.

4
I wonder what I will do to come up with 4 more of these quick takes?

5
In the Sunday reading this week we hear the story of the rich young man. It occurred to me that Jesus was not just literally telling the young man to sell everything, selling material things wasn't really the important thing; Jesus was telling him to get his priorities straight, to be clear in his own mind who and what his God was. Was it the true and ever-living God, or was it his own self-sufficiency? Something we all need to be reminded of, perhaps more often that not.

6
Only one more to go!

7
One thing I've learned doing these "quick takes" is that this isn't a bad idea for a weekly series of blog posts. It may be a keeper -- thanks Jennifer for getting me started on this.






Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Hiatus

One of the authors in the brand new e-book, One Body, Many Blogs, is Frank Waters who has the blog, Why I am Catholic. I started reading his blog and quickly learned of his excellent practice of taking time of from his blog, "to go reading and praying." I am going to follow his excellent example and be away until the 19th of October.

There are two things driving this, one is just having a lot going on in life which brings on the need for a bit of time to read and pray. A second thing is the death of a high school classmate of mine. We joined the Air Force at about the same time and lost touch and didn't meet again until 7 years ago when we met up again at a class reunion. Dave was a good man, served his country proudly, raised a loving family, and lived a worthy life. I don't know what else, or what better, can be said of any of us. I ask for your prayers for him.

I have to admit though, that these two events remind me that it is most important to maintain perspective and have the proper priorities in life and I need to rediscover both at the moment.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Surrender, A Book Review


Surrender, Fr Larry Richards, 2011, Our Sunday Visitor, Inc.

My first attempt at a book review and I’ve chosen a difficult subject. It’s just like me, if there’s an easy way and a hard way, I choose the hard way.

I’ll get the difficult part out of the way first. It’s difficult because it may seem a criticism, and it’s not. It’s a caution: If you are strongly prone to scrupulosity, read the book carefully, try to avoid your scrupulous tendencies. I think, to someone inclined that way this book will make them crazy. At first glance, it seems Fr. Larry presents rule after rule after rule of things you must do in order to go to heaven. You must spend 5 minutes a day in prayer, at a minimum, you must learn to offer things up, you must intercede in prayer for people, you must spend 10 minutes in prayer. Every chapter ends with a list of things you must do to surrender to God.

It may because I’ve been influenced too much by the Benedictine tradition, and because, too, I tend a bit to scrupulosity, but especially at the start, this book made me uncomfortable. All I could think of was, “I couldn’t possibly do all this!” However, I was able to take a step back to try to see what was going on. I remembered that while advice like this can be good, I needed to keep in mind the words of Dom John Chapman, “Pray as you can, not as you cannot.” A certain routine and direction in the spiritual life is good, but is not the point. Anyone who reads this book, needs to keep that in mind

Having said that, now the good news. Fr. Larry is clear on what the point of all this is. Each of us has a choice to make, whether we will love God or whether we will run from Him. We make that choice consciously and then, having made it, we must live it. Catholics can’t say they love God and not go to Mass or participate in the other sacraments. They’re giving lip service to their beliefs. No Christian can profess to love God and not spend time in prayer, according to the duties of their station in life, as the spiritual masters point out. You have to live what you believe. It’s Fr. Larry’s goal to make this clear, crystal clear.

He also, in fairness, makes it clear that when we do live out our love for God, we don’t do it with excessive scrupulosity, in fear and trembling. In the first chapter he writes, “Because God loves us, we do not have to be afraid. We talk about the fear of the Lord as being the beginning of wisdom, but the fear of God isn’t terror; it’s awe. ” Exactly right.

Fr. Larry has written a book that would be a good one for all Catholics to read. Surrender helps us to realize what is at stake as we make the central decision of our lives, how we will live and what we will live for. It’s too easy to take the issue lightly and not be mindful of the importance of making that decision now, today, for the rest of our lives. I would only add the caution, for those who focus too much on such things, that the rules presented are meant as a guide, not as a one size fits all regimen of how to become holy.

 

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Early Church Fathers, Sunday, October 7, 2012, St John Chrysostom

English: John Chrysostom (Georgian miniature, ...
English: John Chrysostom (Georgian miniature, 11th century) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"I know my own soul, how feeble and puny it is: I know the magnitude of this ministry, and the great difficulty of the work; for more stormy billows vex the soul of the priest than the gales which disturb the sea."
John Chrysostom

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Florilegia, Friday, October 5, 2012


This week we have the first reading for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Reading 1 Wis 7:7-11

I prayed, and prudence was given me;
I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne,
and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;
because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,
and I chose to have her rather than the light,
because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
Yet all good things together came to me in her company,
and countless riches at her hands.

 

 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Will You Know Them by Their Clothes (or body piercings)?

Dr Charleton has revisited a topic he wrote about, say, a month ago. The question is whether Christians should make their faith known (self-identify), for example, by wearing a Crucifix.  In a post earlier this week, he took a different tack on the question, and between fighting a miserable head cold and working to get some wood floors installed, I've been trying to decide if I agree or disagree.   I've struggled with it, I can't completely disagree, but it brought another aspect of the question to mind.

To begin, his point is that Christians don't have to self-identify because those who aren't Christians, who are anti-Christian are doing a pretty good job of identifying themselves. Those who dress in ways, for instance, that fail the test of modesty or who display anti-Christian symbols on their clothes, or who have Wiccan bumper stickers on their cars, or body piercings in all the wrong places, are very evidently non-Christian.

Yet, I can think of cases that come close to disproving his theory.  In the last few years, I've seen many teens, who don't dress very modestly and who proudly (I guess) display such things as tattoos and body piercings, at Mass. They aren't anti-Christian, but you couldn't say they're fully Christian, either.   They are holding on to some sort of Christian customs, if not to faith, or maybe just trying to please their parents.  They've been pretty well absorbed by the culture and have no idea of the significance of what they're doing.

Also, for many of the people who deck themselves out as Professor Charlton describes, they're must also be at least some of them who aren't anti-Christian but non-Christian. They likely would not disagree with what Christianity teaches, but they totally disagree with what they think Christianity teaches.

To some extent, I think these factors make an argument against what he's saying being true.  But not entirely.  What is true, is that, to the extent they're valid, it's a horrible indictment against Christians and their churches.  It means Christians are failing completely in being witnesses to their faith and in showing others what it means to be a Christian. It  means that many Christians are allowing themselves to be absorbed by the culture rather than living,  their faith. It also means there's a good chance they have no idea that there's anything wrong, since they've never been taught what's right. I think this borne out in a poll I saw today that said 53% of Catholics who attend Mass regularly favor Obama. They don't seem to understand it's a mortal sin to do so. It's appalling.

I'm not sure what the answer is, but it would seem to be a call for Catholics and their bishops to become much more concerned about the state of catechesis in their dioceses. It also means, as I know another blogger suggested, though I can't remember who, that bishops need to clarify the messages they are sending out to the faithful. They don't need to, probably shouldn't, issue a statement on every conceivable issue, they should focus on the few most vital issues and stay with them.  It's also a call for all Christians to educate themselves on their faith.  If you don't know what you believe, how do you know you believe it?

I will have to say that I still like the idea of Christians self-identifying, I can't help it I'm anal, I'm an accountant, I want to see the documentation.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Word on Wednesday, Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Bl John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.
Blessed John Paul II

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

It Will Work Out All Right in the End


Matthew Warner has an interesting post about the HHS Mandate, he says it’s a good thing after all.
 

Every attack on Christianity — every attack on Truth — is an opportunity.

It's an opportunity to respond with Love. It's an opportunity to point out error and to teach Truth. It's a chance to talk about something that would never have been a part of the conversation. It's a chance to become holier than we were when we woke up this morning.

Think about how many more people are learning not to take for granted our religious freedoms. And learning the dangers and risks of giving too much power to amoral governments. What a good reminder that tyranny is not only an ancient ancestor to freedom, but a potential step-child. That "freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."

What a chance to test our faith and to therefore grow in it. It's easy to believe in things that go unchallenged, but Grace abounds when our faith is put to the test. Like iron in fire, we come out stronger than before.

And through the whole ordeal, how many more Catholics have been reminded that things like sterilization and contraception (and abortion, of course) are not (like for real, for real) compatible with our Catholic Faith? And have, hopefully, learned a little bit more about why we believe that (If they haven't, then we've wasted this opportunity).

 
He’s right, of course, the recent actions of the Government should cause us all to wake up to the freedoms, and God given rights we can too easily take for granted.  But, what I really like about his post is that it is deeply refreshing to see someone take a long term view of all the issues we face, a view informed by faith and trust in God alone.  In this election season, it’s been so hard to do that, at least for me, sometimes I think I’ve even forgotten how to do that, I get so caught up in day to day events.  Please read his entire post, and, even better, say a Rosary for our country.




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Monday, October 1, 2012

Don't Forget to Set the Alarm


The Church has some definite teachings on work and what it means.  For example, in the Catechism, the following statements can be found:


2427 Human work proceeds directly from persons created in the image of God and called to prolong the work of creation by subduing the earth, both with and for one another. Hence work is a duty: “If anyone will not work, let him not eat.” Work honors the Creator’s gifts and the talents received from him. It can also be redemptive. By enduring the hardship of work in union with Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth and the one crucified on Calvary, man collaborates in a certain fashion with the Son of God in his redemptive work. He shows himself to be a disciple of Christ by carrying the cross, daily, in the work he is called to accomplish. Work can be a means of sanctification and a way of animating earthly realities with the Spirit of Christ. (307, 378, 531)

2428 In work, the person exercises and fulfills in part the potential inscribed in his nature. The primordial value of labor stems from man himself, its author and its beneficiary. Work is for man, not man for work. (2834, 2185) Everyone should be able to draw from work the means of providing for his life and that of his family, and of serving the human community.

 Yikes!  Work is given us by God; we are to be creators in the image of God a duty.  Work is a “primordial value.”  It honors God.  If all that is true, then why am I leaving a perfectly good job?  Is it wrong to retire?

 Well, here’s a case where monastic practice, as outlined in the Rule of St. Benedict, can help people understand what is going on here and what the Church means by “work.”. 

 First, notice that the Catechism doesn’t discuss having a job or earning a wage, it refers to work.  Next, remember that Benedictine monks live by the motto ora et labora ¸ prayer and work.  But obviously, a monk isn’t out there in the job market earning a wage.  What’s going on? 

St Benedict was quite definite in his requirement that his monks should work, that they needed to work in order to be good monks.  He was wise enough to see that no one could spend all day, every day, doing nothing but praying.  Things would fall apart in the monastery in very short order.  Therefore, Benedictines spend their day with certain well-defined times for prayer interspersed with periods of “work,” they have an horarium, or daily schedule.    A monk “works” by going to the kitchen to make fruitcakes for sale at Christmas.  Or he may write books, like Thomas Merton, or study or do hard manual labor on the monastery farm or spend time doing janitorial duties around the monastery.  He might also cook meals for the other monks or tend the monastery gift shop, or he might be a professor in the college run by his monastery.  He might even be engaged in making a very good beer.

My wife and I’ve given this a lot of thought to this to apply it to the routine we’ll follow after retirement.  We’ll develop an horarium that fits our needs.  We’ll set the alarm and rise at the same time every day, schedule times for doing house work, cooking meals, working around the yard, much as would be done in a monastery (we won’t bake fruitcakes, though).  During work times I might spend time doing volunteer activities or even working some part-time.  I also hope to use “work” times to study, to write for this blog, and to do more outdoor photography.  It all fits and all qualifies as “work;” the creative use of the talents God has given me.

And, our schedule will include specified times for praying the Divine Office and doing lectio.  Ora et labora.

In case this sounds like we might become enslaved to our plan, fear not, we’re not setting up a hard and fast rule.  True to St. Benedict’s intent, we fully intend to adapt this schedule as circumstances dictate.  If something comes up that causes us to have to move things around during the day, so be it.  If we feel like taking a day trip up to the mountains, we’ll do it.  Moderation in all things.

I’m constantly amazed that a monk who lived in the 6th century was so wise and could develop a way of life that can be of great benefit to people today.  Many retirees would find greater joy and fulfillment in doing something like this because it would prevent them falling into the trap of just sitting on the couch all day watching Oprah, or whatever.  They might come to see that retirement isn’t really about quitting work or about never again doing something that is productive and useful.  Retirement is really about finding different ways “work”, while having the luxury of doing it to their own schedule.

So, it’s not wrong to retire; I may be ending one type of work, but I’ll be doing another.  I look on it as just changing jobs.

 
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