In the footsteps of tradition
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Brother, sister, you have been called to follow Christ in community life and in celibacy. In answering this call, you are not undertaking a new way of living the Gospel. You should be aware of this and know that you are not alone on this road traveled by many Christians over the centuries. Before you, others with the same vocation, expressed in different ways according to the times and places in which they lived, have made this journey: Elijah and John the Baptist, Pachomius and Mary, Basil and Macrina, Benedict and Scholastica, Francis and Claire, and many others. As you can see, you are not alone, but surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.
....have made this journey Elijah...
(Rule of Bose 7-8)
Gathered together and sustained by the Word of God, the small group at
Bose began to search for its roots in the monastic tradition. The first
members of the community quickly found themselves in the company of a
great cloud of witnesses, companions who had preceded them on the same
path and who, throughout history, had sought to live the radical
demands of the Gospel in different places and circumstances, always
walking in the footsteps of the one Lord and Shepherd of every “little