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They live in a school of love for each other within the cloister.
They prefer the will of each other rather than their own will. They obey the superior. They give voice to the younger members of the community when opinion's are sought. They defer to each other, listening first instead of speaking first.
They clean the toilets and do the laundry and cook and mop the floors and do the dishes and sew habits for each other. They put up with each other's weakness, and spend a lifetime with the other members of their community, learning how to love those who they really wouldn't get along with otherwise, because they understand that they are going to love those people in heaven more than they ever loved anyone or anything on earth.
They pray for each other, and for us and for the whole world. They wake up at 4:00 AM to pray for us, and pray for us when we don't have the self-respect to pray for ourselves. When you forget to pray, they have already prayed for you and for the whole world. The prayers of the religious have prevented world wars.
They care for their elderly and gather around them as family members should as they die. They wrap them in a sheet, dig the hole to bury them, and lower them into the grave themselves, and pray for their souls and their intercession for the rest of their lives.
Thank you so much for your insights. This has given me understanding and knowledge in so many ways. Sometimes we look for the great works to do, when in reality the ordinary things we do for others, our time, our attitudes, words of wisdom our listening are actually our "great works" in conjunction with our faith.
I will look at the videos either on my lunch hour or when I get home tonight. Thank you.