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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the sixth article in Sister Joan's NCR series on humility.
It is possible to be contented even with disappointments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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