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  • Not too long after my book was published, I met a wonderful woman who has become the dearest of friends. At the time she was a member of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary order in Ohio.

    One project we worked on together was seeking to define what humility meant in her community. I interviewed many of the sisters, most of whom were in their seventies and eighties. Rose, in her 40s at the time, was one of the youngest members of her order.

    Rose and I had many, many deep conversations. Though I had grown up in the Christian tradition, I was rather allergic, to put it mildly. Nonetheless, I found myself deeply attracted to how she was able to use New Testament stories to capture and portray universal human truths.

    Here's one:

    “So, Rose, what about the story of walking on water? Do you believe it?”

    “Yes, indeed!” she responded. “We ALL walk on water many times in our lives. It’s a dimension of what ‘faith’ is...walking on water.”

    “What do you mean?”

    “We only find that we cannot walk on water when we look down and doubt it. With that, we think to ourselves, 'This can’t be happening. It isn’t possible for me to walk on water.’"

    “And, at that moment, we notice ourselves sinking...or the water rising.”

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    [Photo by Barbara, Cedar Lake, Minneapolis, 2014]
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