A shared life

For us the message of the Good News is “announced” by a “shared life” and by the simple acts of love given and received. It is vital to approach the other, marked by their personal faith and ideals, with great respect: not just with normal human tolerance, but with God’s respect for that person’s goodness and for God’s presence in their life. We should be ‘crying the Gospel with our life’, as Brother Charles said. Others are called to speak and witness in words; we are called to be ‘silent witnesses’ — Jesus should be ‘present’ in our lives and actions, beyond our consciousness. Our role is to be ‘contemplatives in the world’, and we need to keep to that role, in a simple and modest way.