by Susan Russell
Joan Chittister has been an inspiration to me since her book “Wisdom Distilled from the Daily” found its way under my Christmas tree in 1991. The subtitle is “Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today” – which I have to confess sounded like a great big snore to me. At first.
Then I read it. And I discovered a whole new world of putting faith into action through community – and the rest, as they say, is history. Here’s one of the quotes I have saved in my “quotes I can’t live without” file:
In community we work out our connectedness to God, to one another, and to ourselves. It is in community where we find out who we really are. It’s easy to talk about the love of God. It’s another thing to practice it. That’s how relationships sanctify me. They show me where holiness is for me. They show me where growth is for me.
Alone, I am what I am but in community I have the chance to become everything that I can be. And so, stability bonds me to this group of people and to these relationships – so that resting in the security of each other we can afford to stumble and search, knowing that we will be caught if we fall and we will be led where we cannot see by those who have been there before us.
Knowing that we will be caught if we fall gives us the safety net we need to step out, to risk, to imagine – yes, even to fail.
As we continue to journey into these forty days of Lent we know lead to Easter, what is God calling us … as individuals and as a congregation … to risk? Resting in the security of each other, what might we dare knowing we will be caught if we fall — and knowing that we will be led where we cannot see by those who have been there before us?