Mewsings on The Rule of St. Benedict

 

Welcome to “Mewsings on The Rule of St. Benedict, where you will find interesting and helpful articles written by Benedictine authors from the Feline Cloister.  I am Mr. Biggs, a brand-new novice.  My job is to acquaint you with this part of the website.

First, I need to tell you that the Cloister writers are guided by the Cloister Mission Statement:

Through non-judgmental observation and gentle sharing of feline Benedictine wisdom, members of the Feline Cloister strive to teach humans about The Rule of St. Benedict and how this Rule can help humans find peace and joy in daily life. 

 I would now like to introduce our able writers.

Feline Cloister Authors

Br Randy

A keen observer, Br Randy was a faithful and influential member of the Feline Cloister.  His wit, cheeky observations on feline and human behavior, and his understanding of the Rule were much appreciated his readers.

In June 2013, he succumbed to lymphoma and is dearly missed. May he, along with other departed animal friends, enjoy romping in the Paradise Cloister.

Randy’s favorite verse from The Rule of St. Benedict:

“We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and that in every place the eyes of the Lord are watching the good and the wicked (Prov 15:3, RB 19.1).

Br Ricky

Currently Novice Master of the Feline Cloister, Br. Ricky has written several articles. He often helped Br Randy with research on the Rule using noted feline authors such as Sr Scholastic Muffin, OSB-F (Order of St. Benedict – Feline).

He wants to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Br Randy, but with a gentler approach.  Br Ricky says that he hopes you find his reflections on the Rule helpful.

Br Ricky’s favorite verse from the Rule about Christ:

“What then, dear sister and brothers, is more delightful than this voice of the Lord calling to us?  See how the Lord in his love shows us the way of life” (Prologue 19-20).

The Mewsings

Embracing Change with The Rule of St. Benedict

Embracing Change with The Rule of St. Benedict

Hello there!  Glad to be back with you again.   I just heard that Amma Jane is planning yet another trip.  I questioned her on that, mewing that Benedict encourages us not to leave the enclosure because it’s not good for our souls (RB 66.7).  She nodded absently and...

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Welcoming Newcomers With Love

Welcoming Newcomers With Love

Way back in August of 2015 Esperanza ( "hope" in Spanish), Espy for short, then a four month old kitten, appeared at Amma’s back door.  Acting really cute so that Amma Jane and Prior John were enamored, she landed abruptly in the cloister.  Well this really disrupted...

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Helping Others In Sadness or Grief

Helping Others In Sadness or Grief

  I have some sad news to report.  We lost one of our faithful members in the cloister of eight.  Marcy had cancer and got really thin and weak.  Amma Jane and Prior John did all they could to help her.  The vet tried hard as well. But when Marcy left the house...

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Replace Labeling With Love

Replace Labeling With Love

Hello!  Hope you are having a good day. Do you ever think about things that happened to you years ago, maybe when you were a child or teenager?  This morning I was thinking about my early history, living with my mother, my sisters and my brothers in the "wilds" of...

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Cultivating Fairness

Cultivating Fairness

I was reading the Rule today and came across what Benedict says about cultivating fairness in our lives.  The Rule is loaded with instructions about how to treat others with fairness and consideration.  He was concerned that the monastics, and by extension, us felines...

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R-I-C-K with Ricky – Surviving the Chase

R-I-C-K with Ricky – Surviving the Chase

Hello!  I hope you are curious about the title I gave to this article.  It’s an acronym for a way to live within your family, workplace, church or other organizations, and anywhere you go.  R-I-C-K is really helpful when we get into those emotion-packed discussions,...

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Randy’s Farewell

Randy’s Farewell

My dear friends. I wanted to write this to you before I got too weak to put my thoughts together. As you may know from the article "Care Of The Sick," I'm very sick.  The vet told Abbess Jane and Prior John that I have lymphoma.  Amma is doing everything that she can...

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The Lure of Private Possessions

The Lure of Private Possessions

I saw it! It was right there in plain view. I saw a toy peeking out from a corner in one of the cat beds,  One of my Benedictine feline companions had secreted it as if it belonged to them!  I hissed in shocked disbelief because this action is not what is written in...

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St Benedict and Care Of The Sick

St Benedict and Care Of The Sick

“Place your hope in God alone,” Benedict says in Chapter 4 – The Tools for Good Works.  Boy, have I had to do that over the last month!  I’m only now starting to feel and eat better.  Here’s what happened to me… Last month I just couldn’t eat and was hiding in dark...

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Dragging the Cat Bed

Dragging the Cat Bed

Something happened the other day that sent me to the Rule.  I wanted to discover Benedict's thoughts on change and acceptance to answer this question  - How much should we try to rearrange things around us if certain things are not to our liking? Br Ricky Redecorates...

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Trade Panic For Calmness and Peace

Trade Panic For Calmness and Peace

Hi!  The Rule of St Benedict has taught me many things about what kind of person I am to be and how I am to treat others.  I have also learned ways that I can foster a positive environment for everyone, including me.  In particular, I need to be aware of and follow...

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Kindness to the Elderly

Kindness to the Elderly

Looking back over articles I have written I see that I'm inclined to complain and find fault.  This is not very Benedictine. Indeed, Benedict tells us "keep your tongue free from vicious talk" (Prologue 17).  Perhaps I have caused you distress with this tendency...

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The Danger of Leaving the Enclosure

The Danger of Leaving the Enclosure

In Chapter 66 - The Porter of the Monastery, Benedict points out that the monastery is to be constructed so that everything needed is within the walls of the enclosure.  He is concerned about the danger of leaving the enclosure.    Benedict fears that his members...

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The Benedictine Art of Meandering

The Benedictine Art of Meandering

Have you ever seen a wild turkey? Abbess Jane said that she once saw seven wild turkeys clustered around her bird bath drinking the foul stuff like patrons around a bar. Yuck!   After several minutes of liquid refreshment, a couple turkeys wandered off to forage in...

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