Quotation From – Book Report/Review Example
The Morality of Breaking the Rules: Sara Miles’s Taking This Bread: A Radical Conversion
Essential to our rule-obsessed society is this false impression and deception that states conforming to the rules represents morality. This is one of the basic tenets of Sara Miles’s Take this Bread: A Radical Conversion. Conforming to the rules does not make one a moral individual. It only makes him/her very traditional, assimilated, and adjusted, due to one’s fear of retribution (Reed 1999, 27). Conforming to the rules is all about legality, not moral behavior. Without a doubt, to be genuinely moral, one has to occasionally disobey. Sara Miles (2008) blatantly disregards rules. She shows that the rules of the church can be broken to truly help those in need. Ordinary food for the body, by helping the poor, became the real thing embodied, not just the symbol of God’s kingdom. Those who have plenty desired to share their blessings. Empathy for weak spirits went with food for those who were starving (Miles 2008, 4-5). Sara Miles even openly described the commotions and segregations that the food pantries brought about to Saint Gregory. Eventually, more drug-addicted starving people, mentally disturbed, and destitute went to the food pantry than mannered, traditional, rule-abiding worshippers.
Sara Miles clearly does not support anarchy, but autonomy. She breaks several rules, but she clearly shows that she is in great control of her actions and judgments. She teaches us to break a rule only if we are fully aware of what we are doing, and if we are doing it for a greater purpose. Jesus Christ himself clearly stated that the rules were created for the people, and that we are not created for these rules.
Miles, Sara. Taking This Bread: A Radical Conversion. New York: Random House Publishing Group, 2008.
Reed, Elizabeth Hoffman. Gathering at the Table. New York: Liturgy Training Publications, 1999.