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I Am Challenged By Those I Live With

By Mark Dohle · Feb 21, 2021 · ·

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    I am challenged by those I live with

    Every day in community life I am challenged by those I live with. It is my own limitations, wounds, and yes my desire to be the center of the world, the community, even if unconscious, that causes many of my problems. The “Conversion of Manners’ vow, gives me a way out, in the sense that it leads me to take responsibility for my situation and to not seek to blame others.--Br.MD

    About Author

    Mark Dohle
    I am 70 years old, and live near Atlanta, Ga.
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  1. Quasiblogo
    Brother MD, this so resonates. I sense the same challenge in my familial, local church, and (before I retired) work relationships. What a paradox the Lord Jesus has given us that the ultimate affirmation of our giftedness remains to be affirmed by God through others. We, of course, can receive affirmation directly from the Lord, but we dare not (try not to!) decouple our confidence in Him from the feedback which the body of believers and others give us. Be blessed.
  2. TJB
    Ah the asceticism of religious life! I once read that in monasteries they think that 10% are genuine saints, 80% are just mediocre and trying to get by and 10% are mad ..... Do you think there is any truth in that?
    1. Mark Dohle
      LOL, not sure any monk would consider themselves saints. We all go through seasons, like everyone else, and in that, we learn self-knowledge. The population of any monastery is pretty much made up of the same kinds of people from any community. I guess it is the focus that is a little different.

      Mental illness is part of any community, as well as addictions, etc. it is the human condition. it is also, like with everyone else a lifelong process.

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