So our next semester of the ESM classes has begun and this semester is exciting but a lot of work. Old Testament Exegesis for one class and the integration of chanting (Gregorian Style) into liturgy. This last one is one I am very excited about.
The Old Testament Exegesis course though is going to be a huge amount of reading and study. Especially with working full time. About 300 pages of reading give or take a hundred. (depends on how much is bibliography)
I will live in the way of the Order of
Saint Francis of which I am a brother in postulancy. I will follow in my vow of Obedience by obeying
the commandments of God and when I fall, I will ask forgiveness and try to do
better. I will obey the instructions of
my minister general for my religious order when they do not run counter to the
commandments of God.
I will live in the way of Chasity by refraining from
physical relationships. Praying and
trusting in God to someday send me the one good person that he wants to share
my life with.
I will live my vow of Poverty by not letting possessions or
the desire for possessions control me.
It is only by knowing that everything I have is from God that I can be
truly poor and serve the lord. I will be
generous, seeking not possessions but only God.
I will strive to be kind and love all creation as Jesus and
I will participate in activities that help sustain my faith
and walk with the lord. These include praying
the daily office, attending church regularly and participating in the Eucharist,
making quiet time for God, I will supplement my compline office with song that
praises the lord. I will also read a
minimum of two chapters of the bible daily.
I will strive to eat healthy and commit to my own personal
hygiene and healthier lifestyle.
I will live my walk with Francis through prayer and
volunteer work and through continuing education and seeking of knowledge. I will serve the under privileged at
breakfast twice a month when possible. I
will keep in mind the scripture in Matthew 25:40-45.
I will replenish my spirit with prayer and song and by
continuing growth within my order. This
includes studies prior to entering the novitiate, meeting at annual convocation
and monthly meetings via teleconference for fellowship with my brothers. It also includes spiritual growth through
attending classes at the Episcopal School for Ministry.
I will take my personal ministry as a call from God. A ministry of prayer for our religious
communities and those who are sick or hurting.
Using my skills to help my order and other religious communities with
their technology needs. And in
intercessory prayer for my Church, all religious communities, and my fellow
brothers and sisters throughout the world.
This is not mine originally but I was so moved by it that I wanted to share it…
A Prayer of Abandonment
Dear God, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, And all your creatures – I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my God. –Charles de Foucault.
Thanks goes to my good Brother Andrew of the OSF for sharing this beautiful prayer.
Todays readings for me are Matthew Chapters 7 – 8.
I have found these chapters to be full of good advice. As people these days, we judge others too quickly. That goes for us Christians as well. This is a mistake as the bible clearly states not to do so. It does in fact give a pretty stern warning against it.
Further there is something else. Jesus tells us to ask and it shall be received. Knock and door will be opened.
One of my good brothers in the order has recently been praying for employment and today was offered the right job for him. After a great deal of prayer and asking for a job, he went to a career fair where he knocked on a door and today that door opened and his request was granted. There is great power in prayer.
Today I read Matthew Chapters 5 and 6. One of my personal favorites has always been the beatitudes. Also how true is Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.”