Thursday, December 3, 2015

a house of prayer

Let the oratory be what it is called, a place of prayer; and let nothing else be done there or kept there. When the Work of God is ended, let all go out in perfect silence, and let reverence for God be observed, so that any brother who may wish to pray privately will not be hindered by another's misconduct. And at other times also, if anyone should want to pray by himself, let her go in simply and pray, not in a loud voice but with tears and fervor of heart. He who does not say his prayers in this way, therefore, shall not be permitted to remain in the oratory when the Work of God is ended,
lest another be hindered, as we have said.
The Rule of St Benedict, Chapter 52

Something to think about when so many think of their local church as a fine place to catch up on all the gossip before and/or after the sacred liturgy begins. Not to mention the amount of churches that I've seen where the gallery or one of the transepts is used as a storage area for any manner of things that are no longer of use but people can't bring themselves to throw away ... 

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