Quotes from Some of My Weekend Reading

“Deep in our bones, we seem to know that rapid change and constant motion are hazards to our spiritual health.’ —The Wisdom of Stability, p. 12

“The heart’s true home–the foundation we long for–is a life rooted in the love of God. But this love is always God’s mercy directed toward us before it is our response of trusting love.” —The Wisdom of Stability, p. 15

“Life in the house of God is life with other people who are every bit as broken and messed up as we are. We learn to dwell with God by learning the practices of hospitality, listening, forgiveness, and reconciliation–the daily tasks of life with other people. Stability in Christ is always stability in community.” —The Wisdom of Stability, p. 18

“At best, our deepest longings point us homeward. But desire alone does not make a home. Stability demands that we do the long, hard work of life with other people in the place where we are. … All stability challenges us to engage the people where we are.”  —The Wisdom of Stability, p. 21

“In whatever place you find yourself, do not easily leave it.” —Abba Antony, quoted in The Wisdom of Stability, p. 35.

Speaking on the sin in our lives:
“Despite our frustration and occasional acts of resistance, we accommodate ourselves to the ways they [our sins] limit our own lives and crush the lives of others. However terrible our demons may appear when we look them in the face, their presence along the periphery of our lives feels normal. Maybe the demons kill, but we’re often more comfortable with the frenetic forces that drive us here and there than we are with the radical new way of life that Jesus brings.” —The Wisdom of Stability, p. 38

On How Transportation Technology Challenges Community:
“In Wendell Berry’s memorable phrase, ‘It made distant what had been close, and close what had been distant.'” —The Wisdom of Stability, p. 45

“I need a community around me and the wisdom of a communion of saints across time to keep my feet on the ground.” —Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, The Wisdom of Stability, p. 49


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