So how is the reading going thus far? I will confess I am finding it hard to fit it in with move-in day yesterday here at Renison and orientation this week ! But I will have some more thoughts about the readings as the week continues…
In the meantime, I wonder how the rest of you are finding the book? Is it what you expected? Have you come across the Rule of Benedict elsewhere?
Alan posted a comment on the previous blog entry – which is thought-provoking enough that I wanted to make sure it had a wider audience. So as a starting place for discussion..
Page 7: “We miss out on the life we are meant to have”
I find statements like this very difficult to digest. Isn’t the life that we have always the life that we are meant to have, no matter what happens? Being a devout Christian, even following the Rule of Benedict, does not make us immune to bad things happening to us. Depending on one’s perspective, you can view the same negative life event as either (a) a learning experience that was necessary in order for us to grow – ie. it was part of the life we were meant to have or (b) the result of failing to follow God’s direction for us (which all of us will do several times in our lives because we are not perfect) and therefore causing us to miss out on the life we were meant to have. How is it possible to distinguish between the two? (Alan)
p.s. Haven’t arranged to pick up your copy of the book yet? Contact Megan ASAP!!