Rule of Life

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Here are some helpful links on the topic of crafting a rule of life, as well as some examples of ancient and contemporary rules of life….These links are offered for your perusal, but be aware that the views expressed in each are not necessarily the views of the leadership of Trinity Anglican Church, or of the Anglican Church of Canada. If you have questions, perhaps you might phone the church office and make an appointment with one of the clergy to discuss it. Blessings!

How do I write a rule of life?
A short and very helpful page which considers the question, "How do I create a rule of life?" Written by Episcopal priest The Rev. Jay Rozendaal who is the Co-Director of The Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary.

More introductory help…
A helpful article on beginning a rule of life by Debra K. Farrington, the director of bookmarketing for Morehouse Publishing, and is the author of Living Faith Day by Day: How the Sacred Rules of Monastic Traditions Can Help You Live Spiritually in the Modern World (Perigree, 2000). I tried to follow the links for the 8 week course, but never did find them.

The Rule of St. Benedict
The Rule of Benedict, written in the 6thC is the most popular monastic rule of life. In the middle ages, Benedictine came to be synonymous with monk, so popular was the Benedictine way of life. An excellent website to treasure and explore.

A 21stC Mother’s rule of life
A website maintained by Holly Pierlot, Roman Catholic Author of A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to bring order to your home and peace to your soul. While there is considerable divergence of thought concerning what a woman’s specific vocation may be, Holly Pierlot’s website contains a notebook for sharing daily reflections and thoughts on the spirituality of being a Christian mother.

Community rule of life for a 21stC Episcopal church
A document prepared in 1997 by an Anglican/Episcopalian church in Riverside Illinois. This is a helpful and comprehensive document. The introduction is a good place to begin, and then perhaps jump to the end for the summary to get a feel of the rule of life they suggest.

A rule according to St. Francis
This is an example of a contemporary rule of life for a Roman Catholic lay who feel called to be associates with a religious community, commonly known as the Franciscans, but who are not monks or nuns. They live a "regular" life, but live with a rule of life derived from St. Francis in the 13th Century.

A contemporary Anglican monastic rule:
The Order of the Holy Cross (they have a house in Toronto)
The Order of the Holy Cross is an Anglican monastic community established in North American in the late 19thC. While this webpage offers teaching on establishing a rule of life for monks, it is a helpful guide for anyone seeking to craft a rule of life. See for example the stress on the values of community, hospitality, humility, balance and mindfulness- excellent values for all Christians.

Two Celtic Inspired Rules of Life
The present community on the Scottish island of Iona represents the rebirth of ancient Celtic monasticism. It is a vibrant community: I do recommend reading the short rule of life.
An example of a Celtic rule of life.

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