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It is better together. Instinctively, we know this. Like robins gathered together on a frigid spring morning, we know that going through life is better together.

It is safer and better together. Have you ever had to walk through a dark alley at night or down a long road in the countryside by yourself? It can be scary. It’s safer to walk through life with others. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up” (Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10).

It is supportive and better together. A well-known Swedish proverb says that shared joys are doubled and shared sorrows are cut in half. Life is better together because of the support we get from one another. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthian 12:26).

It is smarter and better together. We learn a lot by being with others. We learn by watching what they do; from their mistakes and successes. We also learn from others when they help us to see things about ourselves that alone we may not notice. “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool” (Proverbs 28:25).

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“And let them first pray together, that so they may associate in peace.”
–St. Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict