Community July 11
. . . each one of us is obliged to an unceasing effort to understand and respect our brothers for the unique person that each is (Const. 15.1).
The watchman of the prophet Ezechiel, chapters 3 and 33, is charged by God to keep the people on guard against dangers from two sides. The well-being of the people can be threatened by the infidelity of the people to the Word of God. It is for the watchman to alert the people to that. At the same time, the happiness of the people can be intimidated by enemies outside the people. It is for the watchman to inform them of that. If the watchman does not speak the truth on his watch, he will be help responsible for all the harm that comes to the people. In religious life, the confreres are like watchmen for mutual well-being. Each must be concerned for the welfare of the other and of all. When there is danger, the confrere as watchman must sound the alarm at the first sign. He does that by speaking the truth in complete honesty and with love for the person concerned or for the community. Listen to the word of Jesus: “The truth will make you free” (Jn 8:32). The truth warns of danger and gives the opportunity to those who are threatened to escape. The watchman speaks because, otherwise, the destruction that results will fall on his own head.
A lighted torch never goes out when it has a keeper. (Nande)