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Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life

Live Together in Love – Rule of St Augustine

The chief motivation for your sharing life together is to live harmoniously in the house and to have one mind and one heart seeking God.  Here, at the very beginning of his Rule, Augustine insists on the importance of mutual love and unity in cenobitic monastic life.  In contrast, the Rule of Benedict begins with an exhortation to an individual.  With Augustine, community is the great concern from the very beginning   Page 170

From:  Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life
By:  Terrence G. Kardong, OSB

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