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