Friday, March 25, 2016

Annunciation of the Theotokos

Today on March 25th we celebrate the Archangel Gabriel visiting the Theotokos and telling her she was going to give birth to the Messiah. This was six months after Elizabeth found out she was pregnant with John the Forerunner, and in 9 months Jesus would be born

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Rule of Saint Benedict: Chapter 30

This is the last chapter that talks about correction. This is slightly different in that it speaks of reproving boys.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Rule of Saint Benedict: Chapter 29

I want to say that I am sorry for the late posting today; things were a bit hectic this morning. 
Yesterday, we finished dealing with excommunication, which we saw was not an ultimate punishment but is a tool to help bring about repentance. Today we will read about readmitting monks who have left the monastery.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Rule of Saint Benedict: Chapter 28

We have reached the end of dealing with the excommunicated. This chapter covers what to do if a monk has been excommunicated and yet still refuses to change his ways.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Today we celebrate 1) the first Sunday of Great Lent, and 2) the Sunday of Orthodoxy - when the Church celebrates the triumph of the use of icons.

The Rule of Saint Benedict: Chapter 27

The last few chapters we have read about diverse things dealing with excommunication. One thing I keep repeating is how the excommunication is a tool for repentance, it is used to help bring people back into the fold; excommunication is almost similar to having a child sit in the corner on a spiritual level. During this whole period, the abbot is making sure to take care of the excommunicated much in the same way a loving father would care for his wayward child.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Rule of Saint Benedict: Chapter 26

After this chapter we only have one more that technically deals with excommunication. This chapter covers the unauthorized association with those who have been excommunicated.