C o m m u n i t i e s o f J e r u s a l e m

Questions for brother Pierre-Marie

1
Personal background
2
The Jerusalem Community: a calling, an intuition
3
The founding years
4
The spirituality of the Jerusalem Community
5
A place, a mission within the Church
6
A "new community"??
7
Lay people and the Jerusalem Community"
8

In the heart of the city,
at the heart of the world

9
The name "Jerusalem"
10
Some figures
8

What does work in the outside world bring to the monks and nuns in your opinion?

We work in the outside world on a part-time basis, four hours a day five days a week.  That leaves 20 hours a day for all the rest of it (community life, life in one's cell, personal prayer, liturgy, welcoming others, study, solitude) and two whole days per week when we don't give ourselves over to worldly tasks.  Outside work creates a certain bond between us and other city-dwellers, perhaps lending us some credibility in their eyes, and helps to remind us that God orders all of us to earn our daily bread day by day, by the sweat of our brow, as Jesus, Joseph and Mary did in Nazareth.

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