Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Being in the presence of significant lives

“… there is no substitute for learning to be a Christian by being in the presence of significant lives made significant by being Christian. … Significance suggests importance… lives that make a difference and that demand acknowledgment. But the lives of significance I began to notice were not significant in any of those ways. Rather, they were lives of quiet serenity, capable of attending with love to the everyday without the need to be recognized as “making a difference.”

From Hannah's Child: a Theologian's Memoir, by Stanley Hauerwas
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