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Stability

Sr. Carol Falkner, OSB

January, 2024

 

As a monastic, I promise stability.  What does this mean?  I promise to work out my salvation in a particular community and in the place where this community is located.  However, I believe that stability is a needed value not only for monastics, but for our world today.
 
In our mobile world, there is so much restlessness. Benedict realized that the promise of stability created an environment of calmness.  When there is chaos externally, one fails to grow spiritually because one is too distracted.  When one lives in an ordered, calm environment one can attend to one’s relationship with God and others.  Stability is the firm foundation that makes this possible.
 
The promise of stability requires a person to stand firm while working out one’s life with others and not to run away from difficult situations.  To do this it is necessary to resist the surrounding distractions and take time for prayer and reflection.  Then one can get to the root of the problem, address it and have one’s peace of mind return.
 
When one embraces stability, one also addresses the order of one’s day.  Is it too hectic and fast paced to include time to nurture one’s relationship with God? If the answer is an overwhelming YES, it is time to access one’s choices. A stable, ordered life helps a person develop a meaningful, spiritual life. Stability helps make this a priority.
 
The promise of stability anchors a person in God, community, and service to others. Stability is definitely a value needed in our times!

 

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Sr. Carol Falkner, is joined by the whole community in praying for you.

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