Sunday, August 13, 2017

Private Litany of Humility

Private Litany of Humility

Jesus, I come to You today with love in my heart; the love that is Your gift to me out of the merciful LOVE that is YOU.  My heart and soul are open to receive the Spirit’s gift of humility.  Now I praise You, wishing with your help, to climb the ladder that St. Benedict gives us in his rule of life.

For the grace to always be aware of the Presence of God with wonder and awe:  I humbly pray.

That I may respond with loving submission, always and everywhere to the will of God:  I humbly pray.

That I may listen and willingly carry out to the voice of Christ through another:  I humbly pray.

That I use the gift of perseverance, and bravely embrace suffering despite weariness:  I humbly pray.

That through Jesus, I may value the wisdom figures in my life, seeking the confidence to put on holy obedience:  I humbly pray.

For the insight to enter the narrow gate of vulnerability and honest openness to find the “God-given-ME”:  I humbly pray.

That I find contentment in being of service to others, forgiving and being patience through difficult tasks:  I humbly pray.

For the grace to simply be happy with what I have and who I am, and acknowledge my need for Jesus’ merciful love:  I humbly pray.

That in the times that I speak, I will always be respectful, reverent and gentle, and learn the art of listening with an honest heart:  I humbly pray.

That I may handle my voice and laughter with soft hands and a velvet heart, with joy and simple delight:  I humbly pray.

For gentle wisdom, for reasonable speech, and to know that silence honors life with a light heart:  I humbly pray.

Finally, Lord, I wish to honor you by answering your call, to “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart…”:  I humbly pray.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Abby in the Abbey: Christmas Time

Hi everyone, Abby here.  It has been a long time since I last wrote everyone about what is going on in my life and here in the Monastery.  The Sisters are so busy these days getting ready for Christmas.  I’m trying to help as best as I can.  You can see me lying under the tree, I gathered up all of the paper clips and rubber bands that fell on the floor while Sr. Leah Ann and Sr. Kevin were decorating this morning.  I don’t know why I get scolded for doing this because I’m just trying to help.  I guess the Sisters don’t like it when I try to eat them.  Don’t know the whole reason for that but I guess you have to be a human to understand it.

The last time I wrote it was hot out so it was a long time ago because by now I am wearing my coat and boots when I go out.  I just hate putting that stuff on especially the boots.  I do have to admit though that when it is -22 like last week end they felt pretty good on my feet.  Why is it that you dread the things that you need to do and in the end the situation usually turns out for the best?  I guess I am still learning about all of that. 

I just wanted to write you and wish you a Merry Christmas from me, Abby and all of the Sisters!


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Abby in the Abbey: Dessert With the Sisters!

Hello everyone!  Abby here again!  I am just loving being outside these days.  I have lots of friends I see when I’m out walking in the mornings getting exercise and enjoying the day.  There are so many people that take me for walks that I have to say I am what Sr. K says…spoiled!  I don’t know what that means, but when the Sisters say spoiled I think it means…no more treats!

Here at the Monastery the Sisters are getting ready for lots of big celebrations, but Sr. K wants me to tell all of you to reserve June 12th from 2-4 p.m.  There is something called “Dessert with the Sisters” and they will have all kinds of wonderful things to eat plus you get to visit with my family here at the Monastery…the Sisters!  It will be a very wonderful time of seeing and enjoying one another.  I suspect that I will spend the day in my room, but that’s OK if I get visitors!

I know some of the Sisters have been busy making beautiful craft items because they want to help their Sisters in India buy a minivan so that they can go to Church together on Sundays.  I saw some really nice things so far, but I have to admit that I did steal a ball of yarn and unravel a knitting project a little bit.  I got scolded but I saw some Sisters laughing too!  Sometimes it’s hard to tell wrong from right!

Till next time…Abby