Dom Jean-Pierre Longeat, OSB
President of AIM
This issue of the AIM Bulletin includes a supplement, namely a reflection by the International Team of the AIM on the papal encyclical Fratelli Tutti. In fact this encyclical in conjunction with the exhortation Evangelii Gaudium and the encyclical Laudato Sí, might well be considered a synthesis, both pastoral and theological, of the ministry of Pope Francis. It has seemed to us important to put forward this teaching and to see how it applies to monastic life according to the Rule of St Benedict. This working document is put forward for the use of communities all over the world in order to nourish a reflection on choices in life and on participation in the construction of a new world.
The issue of the Bulletin which accompanies this publication gives complementary echoes of the theme of brotherhood in monastic
life. It includes also a review of the consequences for religious life in general of the situation of the pandemic which we are currently experiencing. This features a contribution by Sr Patricia Murray of the Council of AIM, made in 2019. Another article offers the thoughts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the importance of monastic life as a model of Christian life. Finally we offer some recent news.