I cannot imagine a life without community.
The Church first began as a small community of disciples. There were no Churches, Cathedrals or Convents. However, they had a strong sense of community. As the early Christian community grew, new communities were formed and they spread all over the world.
What happens when we are in a community?
1) We experience a sense of belonging: Belonging is a fundamental need. When we are part of a community, we belong somewhere.
2) We experience a sense of hope: There will always be ups & downs in our lives. The community gives us hope to go on.
3) We experience a sense of meaning: When we are facing struggles, we are not alone. We find meaning when we interact with each other.
4) We experience a sense of service: When we are in a community, we find ample opportunities to serve. Service to one another unites us as one community.