In the writings of St. Francis of Assisi we gain insight into how he viewed his disciples and fellow Christians.
“Francis’s writing suggests that he understood the gift of brothers as more than simply supportive instruments of the Lord. They were both necessary conditions and necessary expressions of the Gospel life, which demands witness to the Community of God’s Love, that is, the Trinity. In order to bring to birth the ‘spirit of the truth of the Gospel,’ he needed brothers ‘according to the Spirit.’”
We all need our fellow parishioners, our brothers and sisters in Christ, in order for us to fulfill the Lord’s commandment that we love one another (John 13:34; 15:12).