A Way for living

The genius and authenticity of any ‘Way for Living’ or ‘Rule of Life’ is its ability to be pieced together from Scripture, words, pictures, inspirational quotes and stories from ‘lives’ lived, written down and arranged in some form, so that others, knocking at your ‘door’, can join you.

A Way for Living

a way for living

Furthermore, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to then be able to transform and ‘pass on’ the embedded reality in its founder’(s) life (ideally lived for more than 20 years) to meet the level of understanding and desire of an assortment of others that choose to follow, as we all pick up our cross and follow Christ.

 

Our Little Way has a close friendship with monasticism, that as Douglas Burton-Christie has suggested, at its root is akin to lying alone on the bare earth, in utter abandonment to God. In this Way, Monos means ‘alone’ yet we are together in joining others living on bare earth; our Community is a shared solidarity, with those who have chosen or who have not chosen to live their Christian life as if on bare earth. What does this look like, how does it feel, and how do we live and function within this environment?

a way for living

What follows is one way, one suggestion of how to do it. Through fumbling in the dark, piecing together words, pictures, suggestions, and stories of encouragement, from our piece of bare earth, we hope it offers some support.

a way for living

Above all, our Little Way, is given out of necessity to share with others, because of the strange times we live in, giving others an opportunity to pitch their ‘tent’ near or on their own piece of bare earth.

a way for living

Our Little Way is less of a Rule or set of instructions, but more of an encouragement towards an orientation, an attitude, a condition of our hearts and minds.

A Way for Living

a way for living

Through this attitude, we try to foster a particular ethos in our service; that of living life as if at the foot of the cross from a gaze that is polarised between the selfless act of love through the death of Christ and the life that is to come for us all. We are held by the command from Christ to John and Mary at the foot of the cross to care for one another.  In this Way, community, companionship, family, etc. becomes a ‘lifeboat’ between the raging storm and the promised land, between trauma and calm, adversity and prosperity.  Our Way reflects what Christ has already taught his people within the Gospels and does not teach anything new to what has gone before. In that unbroken tradition of Christianity, our Little Way reminds us that true freedom can only come from accountability:

  • As alone, we are called first to be accountable to God as we look for him deep within the cell of our own heart.
  • Together, in humility, love, and repentance, we look for Christ in each other, being accountable to and serving each other.
  • Then, alone and together, we turn out to seek God wherever and whenever he sends us; in faith, hope and charity, our aim is always to draw closer to Him.

Finally, the worth found in our Little Way lies in it being lived rather than in its words and suggestions. As commented by others, ‘Not lived, a Way for Living is merely a dead letter’.

 

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