Br. Mark Brown: Tradition is like a relay race, really, in which one generation hands on the baton on to the next, and our handing on that baton is our way of participating in the ministry of the next generation. Yes, we are rooted in the past, grounded, as it were in our history, but the movement, the impulse is toward new growth, new foliage, new flower, new fruit, all as part of God’s ongoing work of conversion (and subversion) in our lives and in the world. The other thing that important to say about tradition, and particularly about the Rule, is that it’s not a collections of rules. “Don’t do this. Do do that,” and so forth. The Rule is a framework, a framework for growth, and within it, many, many possibilities exist.