CHAPTER 33 - Monastics and Private Ownership

“All things should be the common possession of all, as it is written, so that no one presumes ownership of anything (Acts 4:32).” (RB 33:6)

By quoting the Acts of the Apostles Benedict reminds us that among his followers property belongs to everyone and to no one. To the early Church of Jerusalem common ownership of goods pointed toward oneness of heart. When one does not own much life has the possibility of being simpler. Living simpler, for our times, could mean having only what we need to do the work that needs to be done. Having what we need should not cause others to live without what they need. Common ownership could point to trust, mutuality, and peace.