Joan Chittister Book Discussion


Chapter 7: Work

Work: Participation in Creation

1. Chittister writes: “Work is not a private enterprise. Work is not to enable me to get ahead; the purpose of work is to enable me to get more human and to make my world more just” (page 83). How does this understanding of work compare with the way our society understands it? How does it compare with your own understanding?

2. Review the author’s list of the implications of a Benedictine spirituality of work on pages 92 and 93. For each of these, list any concrete ways in which you find these implications to true for you in the work you do.
**“Work is my gift to the world.”
**“Work is the way I am saved from total self-centeredness.”
**“Work is meant to build community.”
**“Work gives me a place in salvation. It helps redeem the world from sin.”
**“Work leads to self-fulfillment.”
**"Work is its own asceticism.”
**“Work is a ‘way of living poverty and being in solidarity with the poor”

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