Moreover, living in community is itself a proclamation of the Good News to others. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13, 35) (Const. 21.2).
The baby learns to speak by imitating the sounds its parents make. The young girl is initiated into cooking by paying attention to her mother. The boy acquires the skill of a farmer by working with his father. The young prince becomes capable of ruling by watching the king. Apprenticeship serves very well as educator. For this reason, Jesus gave religious life to the world. Religious are artisans of love. They practice the art of loving among themselves by mutually responding to daily personal and community needs. Gestures of listening, collaboration, care, sympathy, counsel and relaxation are the rules of their art that create the masterpiece of fraternal love. They leave their studios to practice their art outside. Religious life, then, is a workshop with an open door, a place of learning for Christians and other people of good will, for country folk and government ministers, for poor people and entrepreneurs, for infants and young adults. The world learns to love by imitating the gestures of loving people.
What is good for the river is good for the alligator. (Mossi)