Joan Chittister Book Discussion


Chapter 1: A Book of Wisdom

A Book of Wisdom

Read the following monastic tale (found on page 13).

Once upon a time, an ancient monastic tale says, the Elder said to the business person:

“As the fish perishes on dry land, so you perish when you get entangled in the world. The fish must return to the water and you must return to the Spirit.”

And the businessman was aghast. “Are you saying that I must give up my business and go into a monastery?” the person asked.

And the Elder said, “Definitely not. I am telling you to hold on to your business and go into your heart.”

Spend a few minutes thinking about the closing sentence of the tale. Write out a personal response to the message of the tale, putting your response in the form of a prayer.

Please share your reflections here.

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