Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thoughts on Stability, Part III

[To people outside of a monastic community, the three Benedictine vows of stability, obedience, and conversion of life appear to be] three promises that together form one whole process.  They ask me to enter into a dynamic commitment that simultaneously holds me still (stability) and moves me forward (continual conversion) with all the time God, and not my own self, as the point of reference (obedience, listening intently).

Esther de Waal
A Life-Giving Way
in Essential Monastic Wisdom

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