- The life of faith consists in a search for God, not in reassuring practices; it is a life of ’keeping company’ in love. God lets himself be found, he lets us keep his company, but he never becomes our possession. Conversion is not the determining cause of God’s tenderness but rather its consequence. God’s tenderness is at the source of our conversion. His pardon is no bed of rest; it spurs us on.
At fixed times all the abbots/abbesses come together. They discuss there the salvation of their own souls and of those committed to them. They take measures regarding the observance of the Holy Rule and of the Order where there is something that needs to be corrected or added. They foster anew among themselves the benefit of peace and charity. They devote themselves to maintaining the patrimony of the Order and safeguarding and increasing its unity. (C.77)