Joan Chittister Book Discussion


Chapter 11 & 12: Obedience and Stability

Obedience: Holy Responsibility
Stability: Revelation of the Many Faces of God

1. Sister Joan calls Benedictine obedience “holy responsibility.” After reading this chapter explain what she means by this.

2. Here are some statements that Sister Joan makes about the monastic vow of stability. Choose one that interests you and explain your choice. In what kind of situations might it be spiritually unhealthy for a person to stay?

**Stability says that where I am is where God is for me.
**Stability is designed to still the wandering heart.
**Perseverance and persistence are aspects of stability which the present world counts little.
**Stability says that we stay with a thing in order to grow, not in order not to grow.
**Stability says there are some values beyond other values that ought to be pursued.
**Stability requires us to be constant of heart and unremitting in our spiritual efforts.

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