White Robed Monks of St. Benedict


Peace be with you.

From Benedictine Daily Prayer A Short Breviary ed by Maxwell E. Johnson Olb OSB and Monks of St. John's Abbey, Liturgical Press 2005, p. 1259.

Readings II Ch. 5
Liturgical Preludes by Archbishop Luis Martinez

Perfect Joy is deep.
It is not like earthly delight
which intoxicate the senses and scarcely reaches the soul,
nor like the spiritual exultation
which merely agitates its surface;
no, joy follows from love and
perfect love finds God in the depths of the spirit.
....that joy of which he spoke to the disciples at the Last Supper:
These things I have spoken to you
that my joy may be in you and
that your joy may be fulfilled.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

Do you seek Joy? The essential purpose of a monk is to find God.
God is not there.
God creates, He is the Creator.
We are His children,
We are the creators of our own experiences.

We do not necessarily create people, places, and things in our experience. We do create our response or reaction to them.
If we react, we raise the cortisol levels in our bodies.
We create the experience of anger, frustration, anxiety, burnout, withdrawal, and resentment.
If we respond, we raise the levels of DHEA in our bodies and create excitement, courage, passion, contentment, fulfillment, and ease.

Joy is not in the world.
Joy is in the heart.

Want Joy? Breathe from your Heart.
Reconcile yourself with who you are.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
(Matthew 5:9)

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
(Matthew 5:9)

Joy and Peace go hand-in-hand.


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