Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Fraternity of Saint Pambo

I'm going to invent an imaginary Rule for an imaginary Fraternity of devout laymen.

Criticism welcome.

  • Pray Lauds+Vespers+Compline daily.

  • Attend Mass daily where possible, Sunday Mass by obligation.

  • Give alms (10% minimum)

  • Fast (2 small meals daily except Sundays and Solemnities)

  • Abstain (no meat at least on Fridays)

  • Pray "The Jesus Prayer" throughout the day

  • Read Scripture+Desert Fathers on some regular basis

Well? Not enough? Too much? Something left out? (Substitute Orthodox equivalent for anything specifically Catholic mentioned).


Blogger atgnatus said...

At first glance this looks like very reasonable. I would think that any Christian would do something similiar.

According Kanonion of the GOC for 2005, for the faithful there are only 72 days of meat consumption in all of 2005.

I would ask the following:

1. Shouldn't Scripture be read every day? emails out the daily Scripture reading and the day's Saints. Perhaps Scripture should be read in a Lectio Divina'ish manner?

2. There should be regular learning. Would that include more than the Desert Fathers? Perhaps the Early Church Fathers, "The Way of the Pilgrim", introductions to the Philokalia, lives of the saints, etc.

3. I'm still getting upto speed on a daily prayer. Why didn't you include praying the hours?

4. Abba Anthony told us to control our tongues as well as our stomachs. I see the part about our stomachs but what about humility and being at peace with our neighbor?

11:31 PM  
Blogger atgnatus said...

One more thing, as husbands and fathers, how should we be involving our families in this. Or, is the rule something we do to be better husbands and fathers?

1:04 AM  
Blogger xofezura said...

1. As for reading scripture every day, the Divine Office is taken largely from the Psalms. Additionally at Mass there are always scripture readings, and has a link to the daily readings. I guess "if you can't get to Mass, at least do the readings." I'm not big on "hey, Coptic peasant, sit down and read Deuteronomy." The burden of the Rule would have to be manageable for lay people. People don't have 6 hours a day, etc.

2. I suppose that's why real Orders have Postulants, Novices, and Ongoing Formation. I'll think about this ...

3. Lauds+Vespers+Compline is 3 of the seven Liturgical Hours. The only ones praying all seven are cloistered nuns, I believe, as it is a 3+ hour commitment.

4. I don't know how to put that in a Rule. Give a suggestion.

7:25 AM  
Blogger xofezura said...

Some monk asked St. Anthony about whether he (the monk) should lead a couple of other monks who lived near him. St. Anthony said "Lead by example; don't legislate."

Seems like participation would have to be voluntary, otherwise you just get resentment, etc.?

But, no, the Rule is for the person following the Rule, not for his family.

7:27 AM  

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