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a rule of life

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I made a retreat to Conception Abbey. During our time, we created for ourselves a rule of life; some things we already do, others things that will challenge us to grow in the way of Christ.

Rhythmic Living

  • Vox Dei Community: We live into a rhythm by gathering with our church-community, remaining available and vulnerable.
  • Liturgy: We live into a rhythm of participation in the worship of God, adding our creative voice and abilities.
  • Breaking of Bread: We practice gathering together for a meal as a sacred experience.
  • Creating space to host Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Through daily, fixed hours of prayer.

Formational Living

  • The way of the Gospel: Living in the way that is described in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7; Luke 6:20-49) and as described in Paul’s letter to the Philippian church (Phil. 2:1-11).
  • The way of Submission: Mutual submission where we do not seek our own interest but the interest of others. Practicing listening, showing respect and reverence for one another.
  • The way of Silence: Intentionally creating spaces of silence to encounter God.
  • The way of Simplicity: Only have what you need give the rest away. Being aware of fair trade and environment purchasing products that help the welfare of the farmer, artist, business, and earth.
  • The way of Peace and Hospitality: The offering of peace to one another and receiving others as though they are Christ.

Missional Living

  • Work/Vocation: Intentionally seeking an occupation that uses our gifts, talents, and passion. Working while practicing the presence of God in every task.
  • Community Engagement and Relationship: Cultivating relationships with family, neighbors, community, and world.
  • The work of Justice: Participating in or starting new works of justice, mercy, and reconciliation.

About david b. clark

a husband and father || a student of philosophy, theology, history, literature, music, art, computer science


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