The Way of Love
Background for Discussion
The idea of a “Rule of Life’ comes from the Latin word regula and suggests a way to regulate or regularize our lives to stay on an intentional path. A “Rule of Life” is not just a set of rules to live by; rather, it is a gentle framework to guide and support us on our way.
A “Rule of Life” allows us to live with intention and purpose in the present moment. It helps us clarify our most important values, relationships, dreams, and work.
A “Rule of Life” is meant to be simple, realistic, flexible, and achievable. It is a purposeful tool to help us grow into a more meaningful life with God.
Questions for Discussion
- What are some “rules of life” [habits, patterns] that already exist in your own lives, consciously or unconsciously? Are they helpful or hurtful?
- In what specific ways would you like to be more intentional with God?
- What is holding you back from being more intentional about your relationship with God? What can you do this week to take down one of those barriers?
- The Way of Love is a Rule of Life. Who could you travel The Way of Love with, helping to keep each other accountable?
Practicing the Way of Love
Living the Way of Love is less about adding a bunch of spiritual practices to your already busy life and more about intentionally using your time in a way that is fruitful and that encourages spiritual, emotional, and mental growth.
Learning Group Creed
“I am beloved of God. I am on a faith journey with Jesus Christ that touches my heart, and I am grateful to be walking in faith with companions along the way. I don’t need to be right; I do want to be faithful.”
This Week’s Resource
About Learning Groups
Adult formation at Saint James’ focuses on small learning groups that encourage honesty, acceptance, respect, support, focus, trust, and confidentiality. Learning groups meet in the reception room on Sundays at 9:15am and 11:45am, and on Tuesdays at 10:00am. Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you’ve attended before. If you’d like more information, contact Fr. Randolph.