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Be Unlimited Space for Others

Following Jesus does not mean slavishly copying his life. It means making his choice of life your own, starting from your own potential and in the place where you find yourself. It means living for the values for which Jesus lived and died.

It means following the path he took and seeing things as he saw them. If there is anything in which this life, this way, can be expressed, in which God has revealed himself most clearly, it is the reality of love. You are someone only in as far as you love, and only what has turned to love in your life will be preserved.

What love is you can learn from Jesus.
He is the one who has loved most.
He will teach you to put the centre of yourself outside. For no man has greater love than he who lays down his life for his friends.
He will also teach you to be unlimited space for others, invitation and openness: 'Come to me, all who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest.'

So be converted to love every day. Change all your energies, all your potential, into selfless gifts for the other person. Then you yourself will be changed from within and through you, God's kingdom will break into the world.

You are called to follow Jesus closely. With him you will take the road up to Jerusalem, the city of suffering and glorification. With him you will give everything that the kingdom may come.

On this road you are called to be least of all and not master, to carry other men's burdens and not lay your own on them, to give freedom instead of taking it, to grow poor in order to make others rich, to take the cross upon yourself thus bringing joy to others, to die in order that others may live.

This is the mystery of the gospel and there is no purpose in endless talk about it.
Be silent - for it will be true and genuine only if you practice it.

So keep Jesus Christ before your eyes. Don't hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don't stay where you are and don't look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.

From Rule for a new Brother


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In Christ's love we strive to:
Accept their individuality,
Believe in their worth,
Hope for their future, and
Love them where they are.