The rules of this meme are as follows:
1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating!
2. Find page 123
3. Find the first 5 sentences
4. Post the next 3 sentences
5. Tag 5 people
The nearest book to me is a toss up between the bible and “Christianity for the Rest of Us” by Diana Butler Bass. I’ll choose Bass’ book.
Here’s the quote that comes out:
Brothers from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist visit the parish; and members of the congregation make retreats with the monks. Parishioners are clearly expected to tend to their spiritual lives by participating in “closet” activities of prayer and Bible study. Having observed all these things, I asked Gary if he was trying to create a kind of open, parish-based, lay monastery.