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Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today by Joan D. Chittister
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“The spiritual life, in other words, is not achieved by denying one part of life for the sake of another. The spiritual life is achieved only by listening to all of life and learning to respond to each of its dimensions wholly and with integrity.”
Joan D. Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
“Silence is a frightening thing. Silences leaves us at the mercy of the noise within us. We hear the fears that need to be faced. We hear, then, the angers that need to be cooled. We hear the emptiness that needs to be filled. We hear the cries for humility and reconciliation and centeredness. We hear ambition and arrogance and attitudes of uncaring awash in the shallows of the soul. Silence demands answers. Silence invites us to depth. Silence heals what hoarding and running will not touch.”
Joan D. Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
“It is one thing to speak kindly to an irritating stranger on Monday. It is quite another thing to go on speaking kindly to the same irritating relative, or irritating employee, or irritating child day after day, week after week, year after year and come to see in that what God is asking of me, what God is teaching me about myself in this weary, weary moment.”
Joan D. Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
“Prayer that is regular confounds both self-importance and the wiles of the world. It is so easy for good people to confuse their own work with the work of creation. It is so easy to come to believe that what we do is so much more important than what we are. It is so easy to simply get too busy to grow. It is so easy to commit ourselves to this century’s demand for product and action until the product consumes us and the actions exhaust us and we can no longer even remember why we set out to do them in the first place.”
Joan D. Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
“War within ourselves is always a prelude to war outside ourselves. All war starts within our own hearts. When our egos are inflated or our desires insatiable, we go to war with the other for the sad joy of maintaining our one-dimensional worlds.”
Joan D. Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
“When God has become a business, though, it is very hard for people to get the confidence to realize that God is really a personal God, a God who touches us as individuals, a God who is as close to us as we choose to see. We have learned well the remoteness of a God who lived for so long behind communion rails and altar steps and seminary doors and chancery desks that the experience of God, however strong, has always been more private secret than public expectation.”
Joan D. Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
“Friendship is the call out of isolation and selfishness in order to teach me how to love and how to serve. But without stability, friendship - real soul-searing friendship, the kind that makes us choose between domination and infatuation and possessiveness and dependence for growth and freedom and depth and responsibility and self-knowledge - is impossible.

Stability is what enables us, in other words, to live totally in God and totally for others.”
Joan D. Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
“for beginners. After that, you can set out for”
Joan D. Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
“preoccupation with fantasies of success; exhibitionism and insatiable attention-getting maneuvers;”
Joan D. Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today