Rule of Life
On Sunday September 16, 2012 St. Paul’s initiated a time to learn about, work on and, for those who wished to, share the experience of drafting and working with a personal rule of life. The word “rule” comes from the Latin word regula which connotes not a system of rule of laws but rather a way of regularizing our lives so that we can stay on a path that reflects our values, our most important relationships, our most authentic hopes and dreams, our most meaningful work and our highest priorities. The idea of a rule of life grew out of the monastic tradition of the Church and can be developed for both individuals and communities.
As a part of this initiative, parishioners were given workbooks created by the Society of St. John the Evangelist to support people’s work on their rules. That booklet outlined four major areas of enquiry and potential practice for our rules of life: our relationship with God and the Church, our relationships with others, our relationships with ourselves and the stewardship of our resources. In addition the parish created a blog that was a holding place for short videos from the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist on creating a personal rule of life.
We will be working on and experimenting with our rules of life over this coming year, with our Dinner for Eight groups sharing around the questions in the booklet and on the videos as well as a more intentional check-in for people scheduled on February 10, 2013 after 9:00 AM, 11:15 AM and 5:00 PM Masses. A link to the downloadable PDF of the booklet is below along with a link to the Rule of Life Blog with short video messages from the brothers of St. John the Evangelist.