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Rule of Life (14 January)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.

(John 10.10)

Reflect: 

Over centuries, Christians have developed rules and rhythms to help them to centre their lives on Christ. A rule of life can be a set of simple statements about our intention to stay alive and awake to God. This is not a legalistic list of do’s and don’ts – but more about ways in which you will partner with God throughout the days and weeks ahead. The statements might include a commitment to daily prayer, practicing hospitality, exercise, eating healthily,  serving others, being with God at work. Ultimately a rule of life helps you to love God more and experience his presence in your daily life.

Respond: 

Reflect on the different practices you’ve been able to experience this week. Which practices around prayer, holiness, compassion, Scripture and others do you enjoy? In what areas do you need to stretch and grow? Take some time to write or journal specific ways that you will attempt to be with God next week. 

Midday Meditation:

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more. (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Evening Reflection:

God blesses those people who refuse evil advice and won’t follow sinners or join in sneering at God. Instead, the Law of the Lord makes them happy, and they think about it day and night. They are like trees growing beside a stream, trees that produce fruit in season and always have leaves. Those people succeed in everything they do. (From Psalm 1)

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