Memberships to the gym, taking long walks or runs, eating healthy diets, getting plenty of rest, wearing sunscreen … these are all ways of taking care of ourselves. They are good things to do, for we are told that our bodies are holy—they are temples. In addition to taking care of the physical self, we are also called to take care of the spiritual self. God is calling us to explore, discover, and understand our relationship to God, to self, and to our neighbors. This is a life-long process.
From our Rule of Life project
In early 2013, Trinity parishioners gathered in small groups to compose Rules of Life. A personal Rule of Life is a response to a God who loves us; it is a tool to help us make God the focus of our daily activities and thoughts. The key ideas behind a Rule of Life are order, balance and renewal. In writing our own rules, we named things that would order our lives in a more holy way.
A rule of life is a place where an individual can put into words those things that she or he values most, and can identify ways in which those values can be achieved or lived.
Our Rule of Life project has been inspired and assisted by the Society of St John the Evangelist, an Episcopal Monastic community in Cambridge, Massachusetts.