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New Series - Tenth Article by Sister Joan

This is the tenth article in Sister Joan's NCR series on humility

When is funny not funny?

Ask my friends, they know: I tell stories all the time. I love a good joke. And I laugh a lot. All of which provides some serious problems for me in trying to deal with the 10th step of humility on laughter and humor. Let alone try to explain it to anyone else.

Worse, at this moment in U.S. history, trying to distinguish between what's funny and what's not is no small task.

New Series - Ninth Article by Sister Joan

This is the ninth article in Sister Joan's NCR series on humility.

St. Benedict counsels a little less talk, a little more thought

I could hear the news broadcast outside my door this morning as I sat down to talk to you about the Rule of Benedict's ninth step of humility. For the first time in my life, I not only understood the depth and beauty of it but I could also hear the social effects of ignoring it as one side harangued the other and neither side listened as well as talked.

New Series - Eighth Article by Sister Joan

This is the eighth article in Sister Joan's NCR series on humility.

St. Benedict's eighth step of humility: to grow, not to fossilize

Problem: Time is ruthless. It plods on with no regard whatsoever for our own pace of change. It plants tomorrow and uproots yesterday to such a degree that if we live in one city all our lives, we will die in the same city but never recognize it when we go. The old neighborhood market is long darkened. The major department store downtown is now a fast-food lunch counter and a string of strange offices.

New Series - Seventh Article by Sister Joan

This is the seventh article in Sister Joan's NCR series on humility.

Acceptance of inferiority and the freedom it brings

Think of it: Every single thing in the United States from the Democratic system to dishwashing fluids, all of them are presented as "the best," "the biggest," "the most effective," "the most powerful," "the fastest," "the strongest," "the incomparable," and, of course, "the greatest."

Oh, come now.

At Benedict's seventh step of humility, all sense of superiority is punctured.

New Series -Sixth Article by Sister Joan

This is the sixth article in Sister Joan's NCR series on humility.

It is possible to be contented even with disappointments

New Series - Fifth Article by Sister Joan

This is the fifth article in Sister Joan's NCR series on humility.

The self-revelation that makes us new again
St. Benedict's fifth rule opens us to direction as we grow.

New Series - Fourth Article by Sister Joan

This is the fourth article in Sister Joan's NCR series on humility.

Society profits from the power of patience
St. Benedict's fourth step says we can't rush life

Healthy and self-respecting Americans tolerate nothing that's slow. Not trains, not coffeemakers, not toasters, not online purchases, not education, and definitely not success.

New Series - Third Article by Sister Joan

This is the third article in Sister Joan's NCR series on humility.

Listen to those entrusted with our growth.
St. Benedict's third step, obedience, is for human unity and the common good.

New Series - Second Article by Sister Joan

This is the second article in Sister Joan's NCR series on humility

The 2nd step of humility, Know that God’s will is best, is explored by Joan Chittister in her ongoing series for the National Catholic Reporter.

Differences are a big thing in the United States. And always have been. We love to say that human beings are all equal, all alike, all welcome, all free to participate in the purpose and fulfillment of life. And that's true — but not totally true. In fact, we have never, all of us, been anything close to that.

New Series - First Article by Sister Joan

Here is the first of Joan's columns on Humility published by NRConline.

Fixing Everything: First, let God be God
Benedict of Norcia's first rule of humility