“the profligacy of the saints”

I take heart from the profligacy of the saints. There’s a kind of spendthrift nature in loving others in a way you don’t know if you can sustain. Even if your love will be tested or permanently disrupted by a move, by unpredictable hours, or by a lack of societal support from friends and family who don’t know how to shore up nonromantic love, it is still worth sharing.

Leah Libresco, in her forthcoming Building the Benedict Option (preorder here / my Goodreads review here). She’s talking about building Christian community—a thing of deep roots and thick networks—when everything about your floating millennial life is precarious and difficult. It’s such a good book for that. But this is also advice that’s going to stick with me for a long time in so many contexts: always, always, always err on the side of love, which is never an error.

Published by Catherine Addington

I am a translator from Spanish to English and a writer on saints, myths, and icons in both religious and secular contexts.

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