Step 1 ~ On Renunciation of the World
¶26. The whole monastic state consists of three specific kinds of establishment: either the retirement and solitude of a spiritual athlete, or living in stillness with one or two others, or settling patiently in a community. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left, but follow the King’s highway. Of the three ways of life stated above, the second is suitable for many people, for it is said: ‘Woe unto him who is alone when he falleth’ into despondency or lethargy or laziness or despair, ‘and has no one among men to lift him up.’ ‘For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them,’ said the Lord.