Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Becoming Wise

Krista Tippett's new book, Becoming Wise: an inquiry into the mystery and art of living is a huge best-seller. (In the top 1% of books sold on amazon.com) I've read so much about it and read so many excerpts and snippets from it I feel like I've read it, but I haven't. The recent edition of "The Occasional Papers," a seasonal publication of the LCWR for its member leaders of Catholic sisters' communities, carries an interview of Krista.

At the end of the Q & A, which is primarily about the ideas that come through in her book, she is asked about her thoughts on the changes going on for Catholic sisters and their communities in the US. Here is part of her answer:"I see what is happening among the Benedictines (monks) in Collegeville (Minnesota) where I spent time. This is a community that is much smaller than when I first met them, but at the same time they provide a place of quiet that a growing number of people are looking for. One of the most fundamental parts of your life is becoming irresistible and necessary for the sustenance of ordinary people who may not have any religious or spiritual life. Who knows where this is going to go or how to foster it, but it's one of the most interesting things happening. There is an important calling that was once more hidden within your larger calling of service that once seemed more relevant."

"Becoming irresistible," I never thought of it that way, but if getting to know, choose and manifest the following of the life of Jesus in the Gospels comes through in all that we do, especially as a community, maybe we someday could be "irresistible"!