Community and communion with others was important part of St. Augustine's life. He spent most of his life in a community setting, both in friendship and common search for God. He wrote the rule for future religious and consecrated men and women, reminding them of their main purpose “(for you) having come together is to live harmoniously in your house, intent upon God in oneness of mind and heart.” (Rule of St. Augustine 1:2)
As an earthly pilgrim, life for Augustine was about mutual friendship and fruitful relationship based on a mutual encounter with God within a community. Our current experience reminds us how much we need that community to encourage us to carry on despite of struggles in our daily experience. Today, more than ever, the words “no one can live as an island while journeying through life” have become a reality. We need each other to grow and become fruitful as we respond to the call of holiness.
Therefore, St. Augustine reminds us, “in all situations, in every place and time, one should have friends and seek them out” (De Ordine II, 8,25).
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