Organizing Community Life 2

If we do not nurture our deep emotional life in prayer hidden in God, if we do not spend time in silence and if we do not know how to take time from the presence of our brothers and sisters, we risk becoming embittered…. People who are hyperactive, fleeing from their deep selves and their wound, become tyrannical and their exercise of responsibility only creates conflict.”

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Len stopped by and left a great quote by Jean Vanier in the comments of my last post. The quote was too good to leave hidden in the comments, so I decided to post it. Thanks, Len!

“The more we become people of action and responsibility in our community, the more we must become people of contemplation. If we do not nurture our deep emotional life in prayer hidden in God, if we do not spend time in silence and if we do not know how to take time from the presence of our brothers and sisters, we risk becoming embittered. It is only to the extent that we nurture our own hearts that we can keep interior freedom. People who are hyperactive, fleeing from their deep selves and their wound, become tyrannical and their exercise of responsibility only creates conflict.”

Jean Vanier

One thought on “Organizing Community Life 2

  1. That’s very cool. So not only do I have responsibility to my spiritual community but I also have a responsibility in how I exercise that responsibility. So then without the deep communion with Christ and the release of my wants, needs and preferences, my “response” is more often than not a mere reflex of who I truly am in the inward parts. And apart from Christ, that aint pretty.

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