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 The Tree of the Crucified Life of Jesus Book Five (Excerpts) - 201 

and when they had received a blessing they went back to their own places.

It is the holy brother Leo who testifies to this; he was there for it all and heard the Lord Jesus Christ speaking.

32So, is there anyone left who is still unconvinced? If not, then let us no longer harden our hearts to the Rule's observance. Through those he spoke to from heaven Jesus was speaking to all, and bearing witness to a Rule that is holy and apostolic. He signified that it was apostolic by dividing it into twelve chapters, as if they were twelve apostolic foundation stones and twelve gates leading into the gospel life. It is like the new Jerusalem that comes down from God out of heaven, on whose gates are written the names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb. And doubtless a river of life, rising from the throne of God and of the Lamb, flows down the middle of its street; for the Holy Spirit's influence is poured out generously upon it in a broad stream of charity, and it is only through that charity that a Gospel Rule can be resolutely adopted, fruitfully professed, and observed as sacrosanct.a

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