“Vita communis est mea maxima penitentia.”
St. John Berchmans
Translation: Life in community is my greatest penance.
I laughed out loud when I read this quote. I’ve been known to say that if I didn’t have to deal with people I would be a really holy Christian (that should give you some insight into the depth of my self-love and pride). You know, that whole love your neighbor as yourself thing can sure be a stumbling block to living the Gospel message. Oh yeah, that is the Gospel message isn’t it?
James Martin says that upon hearing this quote one of his Jesuit brothers aptly responded by saying, ” Well I wonder what the community thought of him. “
In light of my flesh, I’m not sure I’d want to know what the community thinks of me. Perhaps St. John Berchmans didn’t either. 🙂