|The Rule, the prior, and the synodal structure of the community|
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But since you have chosen to live in community and in celibacy with brothers and sisters for whom you are responsible, you will not be tossed about by every gust of wind. With the Gospel remember to keep in mind your brothers and sisters: they are your living rule. Christ will speak to you in them every time you find it necessary to admit that you do not see clearly, and every time you find yourself unable to respond joyfully to the demands of the Gospel. Do not forget that Jesus is your model of obedience: he “became obedient to death.” His life on earth was a life of complete obedience; he lived repeating the words, “Not my will but yours be done.” Therefore, to be a brother or sister in Christ, you must do the will of the Father. Your obedience is directed to God.
But this obedience to God also asks to be expressed in a concrete and visible way as obedience to the community, which means to your brothers and sisters.