Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . So begins the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' great message to everyone with ears to hear. St. Francis of Assisi heard its message and challenged the church and empire of his day by ordering his life around it--giving up his power, wealth and privileges; claiming the poor and powerful alike as his brothers and sisters; and loving Islamic neighbors even as his church and state waged war on them. Centuries later, Jamie Arpin-Ricci and his friends and neighbors in the new monastic community of Little Flowers in urban Winnipeg likewise heard Jesus' message and ordered their lives around it. This book is Jamie's field report, offering surprising insights about what life together in the spirit of Jesus' teachings offers us, and what it demands of us. The sermon still rings out today, offering perplexing encouragement and at times daunting challenges to us and our neighbors. Will you hear what Jesus has to say?
"Those involved with missional or intentional faith communities, or interested in neomonasticism, may find much to glean from The Cost of Community. However, this book is worth a read if for no other reason than it beckons the reader to consider the implications of the Sermon on the Mount for one's own life."--Steve Gioielli, Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care, 2012, Vol. 5, No. 1