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Value found in stability and moments of silence

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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

Houston

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