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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"Enriched by all you have given away."

Every day ask God to pour love for your brothers into your heart and put love for you into theirs. God can deny nothing to a community that prays this way, because it is his will that we love each other has he has loved us.

Where there is no love, put love and you will reap a harvest of love. Susceptibility is charity’s worst enemy, humility its best ally. You should be intelligent and holy enough to be the first to give way in a quarrel; and never let squabbles over trifles harm your deep union with your brothers. You may be in the right, but your duty is not to let the sun go down on your anger. Resolve each day anew to pray for your brothers. Pray that you may love, and love while you pray, and the grace of his love will find a way in.

Look on the call to brotherly love as the entry into an immense mystery, since it is your gateway into God himself. Where love is, there is God. You, with your brethren, give God a body, express his presence, and signify his action. Let your whole community in this way become a Theophany of his love.

To express this love in authentic action, you must live sharing. Share your time, table, roof, salaries and belongings. Possess nothing so that one day you may, like Christ, be enriched by all you have given away. Likewise, you should be able to say to each community member; all that is mine is yours. (Excerpt from the Jerusalem Community Rule of Life.)
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