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Monks in Our Midst: Kaitlin Curtice on the unfinished work of love

As many recognized Thanksgiving this past week, we turn to Indigenous voices that seek to heal and restore our relationships with each other and the sacred earth. 

The following is an excerpt from Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin B. Curtice: 

“The water never stops mirroring. Rocks never stop being foundations. Trees never stop breathing, giving us breath to go on. And history never stops being true, if we can only look her in the eyes and ask for that truth. I wonder, how long has it been since someone laid tobacco on the water, asked the water to speak, fed her? We forget that we are not the only hungry ones who need to communicate our hunger. We restore and reclaim things from the grip of hate the best way we know how, not because it is ours to restore out of a sense of ownership, but because the work of love is never finished.” 


Reflection questions:
-How are you called to restore and reclaim our relationships with the earth, or with each other?
-What does the unfinished work of love mean to you? 

Learn more hereNative is about identity, soul-searching, and being on the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a member of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice offers a unique perspective on these topics. In this book, she shows how reconnecting with her Native American roots both informs and challenges her Christian faith.” 


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