Joan Chittister, OSB
Since the Reformation, Christian unity has suffered many failures. Yet, especially in more recent times, it has also celebrated encouraging successes. Disparate Christian traditions are beginning to trust each other. Will Christians eventually find one shared identity? What are the theological and ecclesial challenges ahead?
In Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life, Joan Chittister examines the Twelve Steps of Humility found in the Benedictine rule. Why these 12 steps? “They are, writes Chittister, a spirituality program for a lifetime, the kind that never loses meaning, and so never really gets old. They model a way to the freedom of heart and soul we seek. They turn us toward the God of Liberation through all the stages of our growing.” Chittister explains that “this book leads us to recognize that the roots of integrity, of peace, lie in the earthiness, in the humus, that is our nature.”
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