Walking the Road of Lent – Step 6

  Balance and Simplicity

St. Benedict teaches: simplicity brings balance in a non-stop world.

Sister Joan Chittister teaches: *

As we live with 24-hour workdays, an unending flow of information, and nonstop busy-ness, the Rule of Benedict mandates the measured life.

Our society is complex and confusing – but we can learn to be simple:

  • we can refuse to have one thing more than we need…
  • we can refuse to keep anything we are not using…
  • we can give one thing away for every one thing we receive…
  • we can reverence creation.

We can learn to balance our days, weeks, months, and years:

  • through prayer and lectio…
  • through work and leisure…
  • through solitude and community.

Balance and simplicity can bring us back into the presence and peace of God.

 

 

What do you need to let go of to bring more balance to your life?

On to Step 7:
Obedient Listening….

 *   For more, see Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, by Joan Chittister OSB
(Harper San Francisco, 1990).

Walking the Road of Lent – Step 7

Obedient Listening

St. Benedict teaches: listening leads to critical discernment.

Sister Joan Chittister teaches:

Whenever we are overwhelmed by the messages our culture sends, obedient listening helps us filter those messages through Gospel channels and the voice of Jesus.

Obedient listening evaluates everything , not in the light of what is good for me, but in the light of what is good for all of us.

Obedient listening brings the standards of the Gospel to the issues of our times.

 

 

What are the “standards of the Gospel” for you? 

 How can you filter the media through those Gospel standards?

 


On to Step 8:
Stewardship of the Earth…

 

For more, see Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, by Joan Chittister, OSB.
Harper San Francisco, 1990

 

 

 

Walking the Road of Lent – Step 8

  Stewardship of the earth

St. Benedict teaches: every thing and every one is holy. 

Sister Joan Chittister teaches:

Benedict’s Rule teaches us that every thing and every creature on earth is holy:

  • we are called to treat every thing reverently,
  • and to hold every one in loving hands.

Stewardship is the call to keep what is usable, to care for what is vulnerable,  to safeguard what is fragile on this planet.  It is the call to save the earth for  our children.

Our society exploits many people, and even the earth itself – but we can learn to care for every thing and every one.  In a society that destroys farm workers, discards the middle-aged and forgets the elderly, we can minister to the world by working for justice.

What is your next step in stewardship?

Practicing…

prayer…
lectio…
humility…
mindfulness…
balance and simplicity…
obedient listening…
stewardship of the earth…

Benedict’s stepping stones still lead the way. 

For more, see Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, by Joan Chittister, OSB.
Harper San Francisco, 1990.