3 Basic Rules for Living in Community

Reading Father Martin’s endearing, intriguing introduction to Jesuit spirituality, I came across the following snippet that I thought was too good not to share, both in it’s applicability in my own life, and in all of my relationships (but especially as I struggle to be a part of an authentic community…)

“When John O’Malley was a Jesuit novice, an older priest told him three things to remember when living in community:

First, you’re not God.

Second, this isn’t heaven.

Third, don’t be an ass.”

Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of the simple truths in ways that get through our thick skulls…

Rev. James Martin, SJ
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything


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