Wednesday 19 August 2015

Primacy of God


Joan Chittister:
We have sought to be 'relevant.' We have set out to be 'incarnational.' We have given ourselves untiringly to 'the option for the poor.' We have devoted ourselves to 'the transformation of structures.' We have evangelized and renewed and revised and reformed until we dropped from exhaustion. And all of those commitments are good and necessary, holy and worthy of attention, fundamental and imperative. But through it all, one thing and one thing only can sustain religious life, can nourish religious life, can justify religious life: The religious must be the person who first and foremost, always and forever, in whatever circumstance, seeks God and God alone, sees God and God alone in all of this confusion, in all of this uncertainty and, whatever the situation, speaks God - and God alone. (The Fire in These Ashes: A Spirituality of Contemporary Religious Life [Mumbai: Pauline Publications, 1999) 47, cited in J. Kuttianimattathil, "Don Bosco's Insights for the Challenges faced by Consecrated Life Today," Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection 79 [2015] 543.)

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