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The Mystery of Stability

The practice of stability helps us to look for the loving presence and power of God everywhere and in every situation. Wherever we are right now is the place where God’s mysterious design has placed us and wants us to be. We have not been thrown haphazardly into this precise situation, nor did we drop here by chance, but we are placed here, deliberately and lovingly, for a reason that may become clear if we look for the signs of God’s will in these concrete circumstances. Why are we here? What mission have we here for God, for others? The mystery of stability teaches us to experience every situation as the place where a divine loving will permits us to be at this moment of our life.

Charles Cummings, Monastic Practices, 2nd ed. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015), p. 206. ISBN: 978-0-87907-484-5.

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