Koinonia, a life of fellowship in the Holy Spirit, is the main focus of the Rule of St. Benedict. Monks seek to live out the Gospel not as isolated individuals but as members of a community, while at the same time taking into account the needs of the individual. Benedict’s ideal is that of inter-dependence. St Benedict is well aware that we flourish humanly as members of a community not as isolated individuals. The modern idea of the self-sufficient individual who has no need of others is foreign to his way of thinking. The monk must think of the needs of others rather than become concerned solely with getting his own way. Our common love for Christ unites us on the journey to our eternal home. “Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.” (RB 72:11-12)