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Dearest Florentina,

Do not imitate  those who live in apartments in cities.  They are bothered by many kinds of cares.  First, they have to please too many people in the world; they go about in unseemly clothing; they busy themselves with keeping house and earning a livelihood. . .and, little by little, they get less involved in the things that pertain to God.  

Living like private families in cities is a Gentile practice.  The apostles introduced a way of life which is the pattern now observed in monasteries.  "Now, the multitude of believers were of one heart and one mind and not one of them said that anything he possessed was his own."  

So, true followers of Christ follow the life of the apostles, as in the monasteries, in community, not as private families.  If you follow the Apostolic teachings, you will gain your merit.  

St. Leander of Seville: "The Training of Nuns" Chap. 26





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