This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Thursday, June 24, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
May I take your words to heart
that I may live a long time.
—You have taught me the ways of wisdom
and showed me that honesty is the way. (Cf. Prov. 4:10&11)
May your hand grasp all your enemies;
may your right hand grip all who hate you.
You will turn them into a blazing furnace
when you reveal yourself.
The Lord will torment them in his anger,
and the fire will consume them.
You will eradicate their descendants from the earth,
and their offspring from the human race.
For they plotted wicked things for you,
and devised a plan they could never carry out.
In the end you will face them down;
you will make their survivors turn tail.
Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength;
we will sing and chant about your mighty deeds.
A reading from Basil’s Long Rules, #42 cont.
Secondly, the superior should be kind and patient with those who fall
short in their duty due to inexperience. He should not fail to correct them for their misdeeds but deal gently with the intractable and apply remedies with all kindness and moderation. He should be competent in discerning the kind of treatment the disorder requires, not scolding with contempt, but admonishing and instructing with modesty, as the Bible says. (Cf. 2 Tim. 2:25)
He should be clear-headed in the administration of temporal goods, providing for the future, knowing how to deal with the strong and how to put up with the weak in their debilities and able to say and do all things to perfect his confreres. He should not seek the office of superior on his own, but should be chosen by the heads of the other priories. He should be someone who has given sufficient proof of his character in the past. As St. Paul says, “Let them be vetted first, and then—if there is nothing against them—let them serve.” (I Tim 3:10) This is the kind of person who ought to occupy the office of superior. Let him establish good order among the members, delegating various tasks to each according to their abilities.
I see that it is not enough, O God, for me to be a good person, but that I cannot escape the responsibility of helping others to become pleasing to you, and, to accomplish that, I need the gifts of your Holy Spirit; first, to purify my judgments and rid myself of prejudices, and then to assess others accurately and fairly, and deal with them accordingly, for only then will my strength and influence be used for good. Help me by your Holy Spirit to meet this challenge every day. Amen.