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Quietly Embrace Suffering

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

December 30, 2014

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This one is tricky. Suffering is almost never viewed as positive. No one, with a healthy mind, thinks, “I really need a little more suffering in my life.” Benedict, though, in his steps of humility, advises monks to be obedient, even in rough circumstances, and when facing these circumstances have a heart that “quietly embraces . . .

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Christmas Day Traveler

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

December 24, 2014

On Tuesdays I send a short email newsletter to folks in my church, and it includes a small thought for the day. This is an expanded version of this week's thought:

Silvrback blog imageI am a Christmas day traveler. Since I’ve been in ministry I have led Christmas Eve services, and that means if I want to see my family in Missouri for Christmas I . . .

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Moving Up

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

December 17, 2014

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I was a kid in the 70’s and 80’s, and parked in front of the television I watched a bunch of episodes of The Jeffersons. The memories are weaker now, but I remember George Jefferson owned a successful chain of dry cleaning businesses, and he and his wife, Louise, were doing well enough that they bought an apartment in a high-rise . . .

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Light on an Advent Retreat

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

December 13, 2014

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Walking through the dark, frozen air of an early December morning in Michigan I think, “I’m probably the only person in the world who has this as the idea of a fun weekend.” The monks I am visiting at St. Gregory’s Abbey begin their first time of prayer at 4 AM. Most who know me know if it was at midnight I would be yawning and begging . . .

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Silence

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

December 08, 2014

Silvrback blog imageOne of the first things I notice when I visit monasteries is the quiet. We’re used to lots of chit-chat and televisions and radios playing and construction and traffic noises, and stepping through the door of a monastery all these noises disappear. They’re not completely silent places; the bell rings calling worshipers to prayer, and the . . .

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Obedience

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

December 02, 2014

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No one celebrates when they hear the words, “Be obedient.” Obedience recalls overbearing bosses or unforgiving teachers needing absolute control. We think we’re masters of our destinies, that no one else is our boss, and obedience challenges our control of our lives. I do what I want when I want, I tell myself, and no one has any . . .

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Day By Day Remind Yourself That You Will Die

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

November 26, 2014

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The picture above is something I keep in my office. It’s from 1934, showing young adults in the First Christian Church in Hammond. The Hammond church has since closed its doors, but back then it was a booming church, and the church I serve now was created by the Hammond church, so some old-timers in my congregation can identify a few . . .

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