Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell
It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the LORD ordained his blessing, life forevermore.
"The day before yesterday, as I was walking the round of the cloister of the monastery, the brethren were sitting, forming, as it were, a most loving crown. In the midst of the delights of paradise with the leaves, flowers, and fruits of each single tree, I marveled. In that multitude of brethren I found no one whom I did not love, and no one by whom, I felt sure, I was not loved. I was filled by such joy that it surpassed all the delights of this world. I felt, indeed, my spirit transfused into all and the affection of all to have passed into me, so that I could say with the Prophet: 'Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.'"
St Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship
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