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Value found in stability and moments of silence
The good Benedictine sisters of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Kansas do have a point to make (“Lessons from a Benedictine monastery,” On Religion, The Forum, Monday).
Most conversation today is frivolous chatter. The advent of cellphones hasn’t helped the situation any. We do need silence in order to get hold of ourselves, and take constructive bearings on our world.
Moreover, the high geographic mobility many experience these days has taken a terrible toll on communities. We need to stay in one place for a while and get to know each other. Without stable values, we have no constructive self-image. What one values is what one believes conscientiously. And what one believes conscientiously is pretty much the composite of who one is.
It seems that the Benedictine sisters know who they are, what they believe and what they are doing. That’s more than what we can say for a lot of people these days. John L. Indo